Imagine this: You're beat, you're late, and you've only got 10 seconds to transform your face from barely there to breathtaking. What to do? If the runways provided any hints, it's to reach for a lipstick in a saturated color. Glossy, matte, with a sheen or without, a swipe of some eye-popping lippy can do wonders in elevating your look without taking up your precious time. This season, corals and nudes are extra glamorous, while girlish shades of fuchsia and purple feel sassy on nearly any skin tone. To make the whole search easier, we've grouped together our favorite beauty shots from the shows as well as products you can snatch up right now to steal the look.
Coral is a universally flattering color, and stains your lips for that perfect post-Popsicle look.
Don't be scared of the pale shade! Paired with a made-up eye, nude lips are utterly sophisticated.
From a deep magenta to a neon-shade of pink, fuchsia lips feel really right for spring.
Above, from left: Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Ms. Understood, $9, available at Amazon.com; Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs fall '10, image via Style.com; Nars Lipstick in Funny Face, $24, available at Sephora; Vanessa Paradis in Rouge Coco; Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick in No.108 Muse, $25, available at Amazon.
This unconventional hue is still going strong! Lilacs, violets, and heliotropes are all feminine without being saccharine.
Above, from left: Backstage at Vena Cava, spring '10, photo by Lianna Tarantin; M.A.C. Lipstick in Violetta, image via M.A.C. Pro; Illamasqua Lipstick in Underworld, $22.57, available at Illamasqua; Backstage at Zac Posen fall '10, image via Style.com; Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Blackberry, $23.32, available at Bobbi Brown.