7 Pretty Lip Colors for Spring

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Contour may be part of a makeup artist’s bag of tricks, but no one ever called a brown contour palette pretty. Lipstick, on the other hand, gets compliments both ways — it can look great on your face and in your bathroom medicine cabinet or in an Instagram flat lay. Below, we’ve rounded up seven really lovely lip colors to try for spring.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Dragon Girl
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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Dragon Girl
$27, Net-A-Porter

Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes says, “In all my years as a makeup artist, I’ve found this to be the one shade of red that suits everyone.” This was one of the original 12 shades that launched Francois Nars’s career. Nars calls the color, with its blend of blue and orange tones, “the perfect crimson.”

Hourglass
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Hourglass
$34, Nordstrom

These lipsticks have a pretty, 1920s-cigarette-holder vibe. Not just for show, they also contain a soft, super-creamy lipstick with lots of rich color. No wonder they’ve earned so many five-star reviews.

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color
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FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color
$24, Sephora

This is Rihanna’s version of a universal red — a little bit bluer than Jungle Red or M.A.C Ruby Woo. Half the fun of using this is pulling out the art deco-looking multi-beveled container. (Be warned: It’s a little more liquid-y than most liquid lipsticks, so apply slowly and be careful not to get it on your teeth.)

RODIN Lip Wardrobe - Loving Lucy
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RODIN Lip Wardrobe - Loving Lucy
$38, Net A Porter

These bright, super-smooth lipsticks from Linda Rodin glide across your lips. The vintage-inspired Lucite holder also makes them look particularly lovely on a vanity, in that Into the Gloss Top Shelf kind of way.

Chanel ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Luminous Matte Lip Colour
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Chanel ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Luminous Matte Lip Colour
$37, Chanel

The O.G. of pretty lipsticks — push on the Chanel logo and it pops open with a satisfying click. The colors are rich and velvety, without making your lips look like dry elephant knees.

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
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Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
$28, Neiman Marcus

What’s really pretty here is the depth of colors. These matte lipsticks come in a simple stick format, but the colors are all nicely balanced and eye-catching, without being weird for weird’s sake.

Tom Ford Lip Color
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Tom Ford Lip Color
$54, Nordstrom

Tom Ford might say that he’s not peddling sex anymore — but the sleek elegance of the cases and the lip-licking shades within still say, “Wear this in the bedroom.” Or at least leave it out on your dresser.

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7 Pretty Lip Colors for Spring