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Feeling a little daring? Then take a cue from the Ulla Johnson spring show and try an ombré stained lip. To make the look your own, use your finger to dab a hot-pink shade, like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick in Pink Fetish ($8), on the center of your lips, then use a lighter hand as you move to the edges for a faded effect. Finish by blotting your pucker with a tissue to further soften the edges.
If pink lip gloss makes you think of high school, you’re not far off. The prettiest version was on the Brandon Maxwell runway, where models were styled like Texas tailgaters with bouncy blowouts and shiny pink lips. Grab a similar color—like M.A.C. Lipglass in Candy Box ($18)—for a look that’s sweet and fun.
Think of the your-lips-but-better look seen at the Anna Sui fashion show this spring as the LBD of pink lipstick. The always-appropriate soft-rose shade works for the office, cocktails, and everywhere in between. Re-create it with CoverGirl Exhibitionist Cream Lipstick in Sweetheart ($8, at drugstores).
Wallflowers need not apply: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Infrarose ($37)—seen at the brand’s spring show—is a bold matte raspberry that makes a statement. Just remember to keep the rest of your makeup subtle; some minimal eyeshadow, black mascara, and a hint of blush are all you need.
Rose—pink’s romantic, sophisticated side—is back. We loved the sheer version at the Badgley Mischka show, where makeup artists mixed two shades, Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina Shimmer ($22) and Sheer Morello ($22), to create a universally flattering color.