Springtime calls for strappy shoes, pastel colors in wardrobe, and of course a coral lip! Bright colored lipsticks and glosses are now found in many green beauty brands…long days are gone when fashion trending, bold colors in lippie brands were only reserved for strictly Sephora, department, and drugstores. Therefore, no more excuses why you shouldn’t switch to ‘clean’ and non-toxic brands!
Finding a bold lip color that works for your specific skin tone isn’t the easiest – all depends on the shade intensity/ pigment of your lips. For example, some coral based lippies turn bright orange on some, but on others get muddy brownish. Not exactly the color advertised to be, huh?
The easiest trick I found to picking a correct bold color is to see if your lips are on the lighter or darker color. If you don’t have much pigment to your lips, like myself, then I’d suggest to lean toward true coral with hint of orange bases because those colors will really brighten the face and never look muddy. However, for darker lips, I’d go for coral-pink colors to really freshen those darker pigments and really make the bold color pop – although, those with less pigmented lips can rock those hues as well.
My Top 4 Picks for Coral Lips
Antonym Lipstick Pencil in Koral ($17) – This chubby lipstick pencil is creamy and blends like butter without getting into those little dry spots on the lips. (Always exfoliate lips before applying bold and bright lip colors to prevent any dryness!) It can be used on its own or worn under a matching lipstick/lip gloss. The color of Koral is more on the lighter orange side and makes a perfect companion to the next three lippies below.
Ingredients: iron oxides 77891/77491/77499/77492, mica, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate,castor isostearate succinate, glyceryl di-hydroxystearate, oryza sativa cera, hydrogenated olive oil myristyl esters, glyceryl diisostearate, cera alba*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, silica, helianthus annuus (sunflower)seed oil*, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, butyrospernum parkii (shea) butter*, glyceryl caprylate, tocopherol, ascorbyl palminate.
*ingredients from organic farming
Jane Iredale Puremoist Lipstick in Liz ($25) – This is a true coral that will leave your lips feeling plush, thanks to moringa, avocado and sunflower seed oils. The wear time is fairly good for 2+ hours without retouching. The color is bold and as stated before, a true coral for that bright spring and summer wear!
Ingredients: Triisostearyl Citrate, Olus Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Jojoba Esters, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol. [+/- (May Contain) Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850)(Aka 202), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850)(Aka 201), Red 27 Lake (Ci 454102)]
Armour Beauty Lip Gloss in Ann Margaret ($24) – This color has to be my favorite out of the 4. It’s not too sticky nor runny for a lipgloss. The color is a vibrant coral with just a touch of peach and pink undertones, making this absolutely stunning on light and darker skin tones. It stays put really well on the lips – doesn’t dry them out. Only caveat are the ingredients. Not too harsh, but not completely clean either.
Ingredients: polybutene, hydrogenated polyisobutene, beeswax (cera alba), triisostearyl citrate, octyldodecanol, lanolin oil, ethylhexyl salicylate, tetradibutyl pentaerithrityl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, silica dimethyl silylate, persea gratissima (avocado) butter, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, olea europaea (olive) butter, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, tocopheryl (vitamin e) acetate, ethylhexyl glycerin, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, flavor.
Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Sweetness ($49/$29) – I’ve done a review on this specific color here, but will touch on it a bit more. The color lends more of an orange hue than the other two lippies mentioned. Although, I like the color and texture, but find myself retouching a bit more throughout the day then the others. The jewelry type compact it comes in is so ecochic and just gorgeous! Has some weight to it as well. The compact is refillable for $29 making this lippie (in sweetness or whatever color you choose) an ultimate green beauty must have for any green glamour girl!
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphobia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cera Alba, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Limonene. May Contain +/- Mica Iron oxide (CI 77491), Iron oxide (CI 77492), Iron oxide (CI 77499), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470). Caution – contains Carmine.
***Sometimes I like to use a lip liner, especially for Kjaer Weis Sweetness tint since it’s such a bold color. The shade I use is Peach from Jane Iredale. The peach shade is very rich and lends more on the brownish side. However, it works and makes the coral shade of sweetness stay put throughout the day. JI lip pencils are some of the best in the green beauty that I’ve seen. Zuzu Luxe is another fave brand of mine that has some really great lip liners as well.
From L to R: Antonym Koral; JI Liz; Armour Ann Margaret; KW Sweetness; JI Peach (lip pencil)
Do you have favorite lip trends and colors for Spring/ Summer? Share below!