Lipstick wearers everywhere know that product descriptions like "long-wearing" and "matte finish" usually mean that the color will look and feel like a horrific hybrid of red chalk and baby powder within five minutes of application. We love NARS lipsticks because they provide a full-coverage look in a semi-matte finish that will not dry your lips into sad, shrunken raisins. If you're wild enough to try a fuchsia lip color, we suggest NARS Funny Face. You won't look funny... maybe just a little fashionable in fuchsia. (NARS Cosmetics, $26)
Lipsticks from beautyADDICTS promise intense hydration and a lip-plumping formula. The products don't disappoint because lips feel healthy, moisturized and sensual upon application. We love the color Sinful because it's a nice blend of magenta and red, so it's not quite as pinky-pink as other brands. The color is also included in the brand's Seduce line of products, so the promise of sexy time upon lipstick purchase seems like a nice added benefit. (beautyADDICTS, $18)
Whether you love or hate Nicki Minaj, there's one thing we can all agree on: Girlfriend loves her hot-pink lipsticks. And why not? She totally pulls off the look, and hot-pink colors make her gorgeous lips pop. Nicki recently teamed up with M.A.C. Cosmetics to produce Viva Glam Nicki. The bold product lasts through eating and drinking, but we recommend you use a lip balm with it to prevent parched lips, because it can feel a little drying. (M.A.C. Cosmetics, $15)
If you're a little shy about bright-pink lipsticks, we understand. Bold colors sometimes seem risky, especially since so many drugstore brands just end up flaking off or morphing into a hideous color halfway through the day without so much as a peep of warning. Sometimes, though, a bold look is worth a little extra investment. YSL lipsticks are a bit pricey, but to many women, a bright, pouty, moisturized kisser is worth the expense. We like that YSL's Provocative Pink glides on like butter and brightens up the entire face. (Yves Saint Laurent, $34)
Granted, a bold color is sometimes worth an expensive purchase, but sometimes it's worth just playing around with a bit. Maybelline's Vivid line of lipsticks are all available for under $10, so you can try out lots of different eye-catching colors, including several shades of bright pink. We especially like Vivid Rose because it's a quintessential hot-pink, on-trend look for the spring and summer. (Maybelline, $8)
A woman with the confidence to wear bright-pink lipstick projects a certain image. Don't try hot pinks unless you want to be seen as trendy, fun and perhaps a little saucy. The formula for Manna Kadar Cosmetics' lipstick is long-lasting, and the color Saucy packs a terrific magenta punch. Pair it with a simple sweep of gold across your eyelids, and your saucy face will be ready for spring. (Manna Kadar Cosmetics, $21)
The owner of Hollywood Cosmetics sees makeup as an extension of skincare, so all products are infused with botanical ingredients and promise to improve the skin's health. And, incidentally, lips are made of skin, so it works out great for everyone. The color Pout looks as soft as a rose petal in the lipstick tube, and it glides on just as smoothly for an all-day, slightly demure pink lip color. It offers a pop of pink without screaming "Look at me!" (Hollywood Cosmetics, $13)
Body of Royalty is a makeup line that specializes in only lipsticks and lip glosses, so you know their products have to be good. If you enjoy feeling like a deity, the line's Goddess shade might be right for you. The color hits a sweet spot between hot pink and bubblegum pink, so you can wear it as part of your five-minute face or your nighttime look. (Body of Royalty, $15)
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