This Unique Lip Color Always Gets Me Compliments

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.


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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

2. Nars Lipstick in Barbarella

3. Glossier Ultralip in Coupe

4. Giorgio Armani Lip Power Long-Lasting Satin Lipstick in Splendid

5. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Coral Berry

6. W3ll People Optimist Semi-Matte Lipstick in Brave

7. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick Balm in Corail Marrakech

8. L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Tropical Coral

9. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unattached

10. Nyx Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick in Daydream

11. Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in Watermelon

12. Kjaer Weis Lipstick in Love

13. Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Lipstick in Ultra Kiss

14. Burt's Bees Natural Moisturizing Liquid Lipstick in Coral Cove

15. Tom Ford Lip Color Lipstick in True Color

16. Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Soiree

17. Clinique Pop Matte LipColour + Primer Lipstick in Coral Pop

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.