Top 5 lipstick shades you need for the summer

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I have experimented with some fun new lipstick shades over the past year and I finally found my go-to shades for what I consider to be the colors everyone needs for summer! As I am sure you have noticed around here, my natural instinct is to go neutral, but I eventually warmed up to the idea of adding some color into my life and after much trial and error, I thought I should share my experience with you.

I am going to start with the lightest shade, an everyday natural peachy / pink nude and work my way over to a bold red.

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This is YSL Rouge Pur Couture #24 Blond Ingenu. This is a peachy / pink nude color that is great for an everyday fresh face or paired with a bold smokey eye. I wear it by itself (as seen here), but it is also a great color to layer over your favorite lip liner if you are looking for a little more color / dimension.

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This is Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage. This is a fun hot pink shade that isn’t too purple or red. It’s a popular shade for summer and there is a good reason why. The matte finish has a long wear (about 5 hours) and the saturated color makes a fun statement. I like pairing statement shades like this one (and the next two) with a more natural face so I don’t feel like I am wearing ‘too much’ make-up. My only complaint is that matte colors with long-lasting wear, like this one, tend to dry out your lips so be sure to keep a chapstick handy!

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Nars Lana is the newest shade for me to personally use on the list. It took me longer to find the right ‘orangey red’, but now that I did, I LOVE it! This color first gained popularity when it was seen all over the spring 2014 runways, but when I see a good orange-red it always makes me think of the J.Crew models and how they effortless wear messy hair, a fresh face and this shade of lipstick.

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Lastly, every girls needs a classic red in her collection. This is Dolce and Gabbana Matte Red lipstick in ‘Flirt’. I stumbled upon this shade when Dolce and Gabbana sent over their new matte lipstick line for me to try. They just happened to have my perfect red and I have worn it ever since! I have a lot of the same comments on this lipstick as I did the Nars matte lipstick – it last up to 5 hours and gives a pure saturated color with a few simple swipes, but it will dry out your lips (like most matte finishes).

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