10 Summer Lipsticks That Are Anything But Basic

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
If spring is for pretty, washed-out mermaid hues (cotton-candy pink hair, anyone?), then summer is for embracing full-on color and wilding out. That's why you’ll find major shots of pigment on the lips of Kylie Jenner, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift, as they've donned deep-blue, black, and oxblood lately. Why do amped-up lips feel so of-the-moment? These bold shades — some moody and dark, others electric — buck conventional summer beauty rules. And while outside-the-box hues used to have a tendency to look jarring against skin, the newer versions sideline that issue with more complex shading.

Not that every foray into saturated color has to be so dark; bright violets and hot pinks make for more accessible — and, perhaps, more work-friendly — ways to wear the trend. No matter which side of the spectrum you gravitate toward, now’s the time to move past nude. Read on to catch the boldest lippies of the season.
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This rich magenta lipstick feels even more hydrating and conditioning than our trusty balm — and bonus: It packs major color payoff.

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Lipstick in Billie on the Bike, $38, available at Olio Lusso.
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Give your rosy lips a shot with this neon-pink shade.

ColourPop
Matte X in Tickler, $5, available at ColourPop.
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Who knew our favorite shade would be one that tinges our lips a sheer iodine? But we keep reaching for this unexpected upgrade from standard orangey-red.

Rituel de Fille
Enchanted Lip Sheer in Bloodroot, $21, available at Rituel de Fille.
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We’ve flirted with blue lipstick in the past, but Maybelline’s Loaded Bolds Lipstick in Midnight Blue has us in an all-out love affair. It’s one of 20 new, nonconformist shades, including a range of vibrant purples, rich chocolates, and even black and white. No matter which shade you choose, you need just one coat for full color impact. And while the lipsticks aren't in stores yet, they are available for pre-sale online now.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color, $8.29, available at CVS.
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This obsidian-green lipstick looks nearly black in the tube and on the lips. But the slightest tinge of emerald really makes blue or green eyes pop.

Bite Beauty
Amuse Bouche in Kale, $26, available at Sephora.
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This medium-brown shade goes beyond your basic nude. Pair it with summer's other biggest '90s trend, and you've got supermodel written all over you.

Urban Decay
Vice Lipstick in 1993, $17, available at Urban Decay.
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This super-charged orange is not only a compliment magnet (seriously, we racked up more than a dozen “I love your lipstick” remarks in a single day), it stays on through afternoon cocktails, too.

Smashbox Always On in Thrill Seeker, $24, available at Smashbox.
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Tap into your inner beauty vlogger with this electric-violet lipstick that's wildly on trend — and wildly affordable.

L.A. Girl
Matte Pigment Gloss in Stunner, $5, available at L.A. Girl USA.
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This moisturizing liquid lipstick dips your lips in a stunning shade of metallic copper and smells like vanilla frosting, to boot.

Milani Cosmetics Amore Mattallics Lip Crème in Matterialistic, $9, available at Milani Cosmetics.
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Whether you're looking to bring out your inner summer goth or make like Katy Perry at the Met Gala, this black lipstick will do the trick.

Tarte
Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Naughty, $20, available at Tarte.
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Moody colors not for you? This forest-green bullet actually covers lips in the perfect shade of flushed pink. (And it makes for a great party trick.)

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick, $25, available at Ulta Beauty.
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