Pink lipstick is the girly, sweet makeup equivalent of a wink; it’s innocent, but also a tad bit naughty. Although classic red is timeless, a pop of pink, from bubblegum to fuchsia, is an unexpected and fun way to dress up your pout, especially on or around Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’re fair or dark skinned, we rounded up our go-to’s, because a girl’s gotta have options.
SST Cosmetics Inc. Hydrating Lipstick in #XOXO and Drama Queen, $24
Canadian cosmetics line SST is fashion forward, sophisticated and fun, much like their lipsticks in #XOXO and Drama Queen, which are both perfect for fairer gals. The hydrating formula is made with Grape Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E and has a delicious vanilla scent, making it feel as gorgeous as it looks. Swipe on Drama Queen for a fun pop of light pink, or #XOXO for a slightly deeper rosy hue.
Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment, $26
Looking for a shiny, sheer hit of colour? Cult beauty classic Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment treats us to a tinted version that saturates lips with a stunning shot of hot pink that brightens up a fair complexion. A soft colour that builds beautifully, this lush lip tint also deeply moisturizes, smooths, protects and softens with meadowfoam and black currant seed oils, and Grapeseed polyphenols.
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 770, $30
Probably the most fun you’ll ever have applying your lipstick, Anna Sui brings us the joy of primping. Housed in a gorgeously ornate tube, this bullet is actually star-shaped and features a marbling pattern, blending two shades together. Sui's 770 combines a flirty pink and light berry shade, and when swiped on a fair complexion, looks like a sexy, moody pink that feels fresh and sophisticated.
NARS Lipstick in Schiap, $32
A big time fan favourite for good reason, NARS’ creamy, bold lipstick in Schiap flatters faces everywhere, and if we’re spilling secrets here, does so even better than a fresh flip of highlights. The formula is true to colour, and Schiap is a perfect pick for medium skintones as it picks up the warmth in a medium complexion. The formula makes for a bold yet buildable shade and imparts a velvety, full pout — one we might dare say is meant for imparting prints with.
Vasanti Love Brights Gel Matte Lipstick in Unconditional Love, $19
Rich, bright pinky coral is another gorgeous pop of bright colour that perfectly brightens up a medium complexion. The orange-y tinge to this coral shade suits a yellow undertone, and brings out the warmth in the complexion. Slick on this innovative gel-like textured bullet for a long lasting, comfortable matte mouth that won’t dry out thanks to a luxe list of ingredients like cherry, pomegranate and evening primrose oils.
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Shine Lipstick in Passionate, $30
Just a deep enough shade to hint at berry without overpowering a medium complexion, this hue illuminates lips with a slight shimmer and shine. “Sculpting” lips by precisely defining them, this slim bullet hugs lips and delivers rich pigment and gorgeous, soft coverage.
Josie Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelé©e in Pink Escape, $26
Yes, this is a cheek product, but hear us out: this semi-matte, coconut water infused gel wears like a creamy stain and hydrates like crazy. Super buildable and blendable, Island Pink imparts the most gorgeous, soft cherry tint that complements deeper skin better than, well, a cherry on top.
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Girl About Town, $16
A blue based shade that really complements darker complexions, Girl About Town is a true fuchsia shade that brightens up the face with its bright, bold pop of colour. Creamy and supremely sexy on the mouth, this super fun shade of pink is for those nights when you feel like getting up to no good.
Bite Beauty Luminous Cré¨me Lipstick in Shiraz, $28
This yummy, plummy shade is the perfect light pink for dark complexions. Soft and mauve-y, swipe this shade on when you’re fin a cushy, girly, pink mood. With natural food grade ingredients and as many antioxidants as a 5oz glass of wine (!), this romantic shade is as good for you as it looks.