While I'm pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my makeup routine, I do love playing around with my lip colors. I'm not one to go too wild with my eye makeup looks or even try doing anything intense with contouring, but when it comes to lipsticks, lip glosses, lip stains, and more, I'll try anything. Maybe it's because it's much easier to apply a lip product than it is to do a complicated eye shadow look. Or maybe it's because if I mess up, I can just wipe it off. Whatever it is, experimenting with lip colors is very low-stakes but very fun for me.
I have my favorite hues, and when in doubt, I go for a classic red or deep berry, but there's one unique lip color that I like to bring out when I really want something a bit different yet flattering. That's a coral lip color. When I wear coral lipstick, I know that 1) it's going to look fun and be a nice change for my normal makeup routine, and 2) I'm guaranteed at least one compliment.
I think coral is a universally flattering shade. You just have to choose one with the right undertones for your skin. You can go for a deeper coral, a lighter coral, one that veers toward pink territory, or one that's orangey. The options are endless. And there’s a reason the compliments roll in—it's a unique shade that not a lot of people wear often since most people gravitate toward the pinks and reds.
The color can be worn year-round, but I especially like wearing it during the summer months or when the weather is warm. There’s something so fun about wearing this shade when paired with a dress that shows off a little bit of skin. Is that just me?
Anyway, have I convinced you with my ode to coral? If so, take a look at some stellar options below.
1. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick 2 in Carina's Star
This is the lip color I'm wearing in the photo above, and it's my favorite coral lipstick. I love that it's not too orange but not too pink—it's just right for me. I can do just a hint of color with one layer, or if I want something more saturated, I'll do a couple more coats.
But if bright and bold is your thing, then you can't go wrong with Glossier's Coupe that is described as a blood orange. The formula itself is so luxe—it's a moisturizing balm, gloss, and lip tint in one.
4. Giorgio Armani Lip Power Long-Lasting Satin Lipstick in Splendid
Revlon's lipstick is on the lighter side of the coral spectrum. It looks peachy pink. The lipstick formula itself is infused with vitamin E and avocado oil, so it will go on smoothly and keep your lips moisturized.
6. W3ll People Optimist Semi-Matte Lipstick in Brave
Burt's Bees's Coral Cove shade has warm undertones and is a mix of red, rose, and orange hues. The liquid lipstick provides intense color that lasts all day. It's also formulated with apricot and babassu oil, shea butter, and essential fatty acids for softer lips.
If you love a matte lipstick, you'll probably love this ultra-matte formula. The color is highly pigmented, but it won't dry out your lips or make them appear cracked. There's also a built-in sharpener so you can customize the tip for better application.
17. Clinique Pop Matte LipColour + Primer Lipstick in Coral Pop
You don't have to worry about doing much to prep your lips before applying this lipstick since it has a built-in primer. The formula delivers a lot of saturated color but doesn't feel too heavy. This particular shade of coral is a pinky-peach.
My lips used to be perpetually chapped, but then I started using this lip mask a few times a week, and now the problem is solved. It moisturizes your lips overnight thanks to vitamin C and antioxidants.