Now that spring is officially here (even though it doesn’t entirely feel like it yet), I am so ready for bright colors, pastels, and pedicures. In lieu of a monthly favorites, I thought I’d take the bright and sunny opportunity to share my favorite lip and nail colors for spring, and how to pair them together!
Ciaté Mini Paint Pot nail polish in Pool Party ($9.00/0.17oz) – I’m a little obsessed with this brand at the moment, and this deep, bright azure blue knocks it out of the park. The formula is smooth with the perfect viscosity to apply streak-free and the shape of the brush (almost like an arrow) makes it practically fool-proof for clumsy people like me to paint our own nails. I also love the mini size of these bottles as it means I actually have a chance of finishing it all before the polish begins to separate!
Ciaté Mini Paint Pot nail polish in Ibiza Blues ($9.00/0.17oz) – Another hit from Ciaté’s mini paint pots, this soft lilac is the perfect balance between neutral and cool tones that looks absolutely stunning in the sunshine. Oh, and if you buy three mini paint pots from Sephora, there’s a $7.00 discount too (for a third winner, I recommend Cupcake Queen or Pillow Talk).
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Cake Pop ($10.50/0.5oz)- By far my favorite gel polish formula, CND somewhat recently released their Vinylux line, a collection of “UV polishes” that cure and harden with natural sunlight, so no UV light purchase necessary. Since I can now get my gel polish fix at home, I had to snag my favorite shade. This cool-toned candy pink (literally like those cake pops from Starbucks) is the perfect balance of cool and professional, and you can remove it just like a regular nail polish. The only downside here is that, for the full benefits of the Vinylux line, you do also need their Weekly Top Coat, but it’s a great formula and I use it with all of my polishes now.
OPI Brazil Nail Lacquer Collection in Taupe-less Beach ($10.00/0.5oz) – I definitely gravitate towards purple-leaning taupes over browns and this cool lavender-gray is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring (or summer to fall). One of the more iconic brands out there, the formula for their seasonal collections is up to par with the full range.
OPI Venice Nail Lacquer Collection in Be There in a Prosecco ($10.00/0.5oz)- I’m pretty sure I bought it in the fall, but this opaque cream is part of OPI’s Venice collection and just screams outdoor brunch to me. Okay maybe not screams, but a dignified squeal perhaps? Either way, it’s the perfect shade for balancing a bright outfit on the weekend and looking like a pro at work.
Unlike nail polishes, where there are a few workhorse formulas I love and rely on, I loove to play around with lip color. Rather than focusing on a specific product, I thought I’d focus on my favorite colors instead, so anybody can run with it and apply that to the formulas they like best.
PINK: A nice light pink will go great with any nail color, but looks especially cool with Ciaté’s Pool Party. For a more work-friendly approach, get all matchy-matchy with CND’s Vinylux polish in Cake Pop (and it’ll last all week too).
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts ($18.00/0.19oz) – Regardless of how you may feel about Jeffree as a person, it’s impossible to deny the high quality and stunning shades of his cosmetic line. The Velour Liquid Lipstick formula is one of my favorite ever and Doll Parts is an absolutely gorgeous soft, cool pink that can balance out any bright eyeshadow look or play serious for your 9-5.
ColourPop Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in 1st Base ($6.00/0.11oz) – Deceptively bright, this neutral mid-tone pink is perfect for some daytime fun. You could easily rock it in a more casual office atmosphere, but it looks particularly good with a mimosa in your hand.
ColourPop Lippie Stix in Westie ($5.00/0.035oz)- The ColourPop website defines this shade as a “soft dusty baby pink in a Matte finish, cuz West Coast is the best coast” and I have to agree on all counts. The unique, pencil packaging makes this matte bullet-style ultra-portable and easy to apply, and the price tag means you can keep one in your handbag and one at home for backup.
NARS Audacious lipstick in Anna ($32.00/0.14oz)- This neutral smokey rose is the handbag powerhouse of my entire lipstick collection. The matte black packaging and magnetic closure look so sophisticated (can’t deny that I love the weight of it too) and it’s one of the most versatile colors I own. A near-perfect MLBB (My Lips But Better), you can tweak it to your needs with a brighter or deeper lip liner to go from work to happy hour in 30 seconds or less.
BERRY: I’m a sucker for neons, but it’s not quite warm enough for the full-blown brights yet, so here’s a few deeper shades I love that are more appropriate for spring. They would pair great with Ciaté’s Ibiza Blues or OPI’s See You In A Prosecco.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Radish ($26.00/0.15oz) – I scored a deluxe size sample of this cool-toned, deep magenta with a Sephora points perk, but I’ll seriously considering buying the full size too. It’s bright, it’s smooth, it’s super comfortable to wear, plus surprisingly long-wearing, and it’s made with all food-grade ingredients too.
Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Bauhau5 ($20.00/0.22oz)- One of my favorite matte liquid lipstick formulas, this raspberry shade is simultaneously deep but bright. It may look a bit intimidating in the tube, but on the lips it strikes a great balance for both daytime and evening wear.
Rimmel Provocalips Lip Stain in Berry Seductive ($6.00/0.14oz) – This drugstore brand strawberry pink has some serious staying power at a seriously good price. The formula is unbelievably comfortable and absolutely does not budge, making it a great budget beauty choice for all-day wear.
ORANGE: I did say I loved bright colors! If you wear it right, you can rock an orange lip all year long. For spring, I like to pair an opaque shade with OPI’s Taupe-less Beach for a more balanced on-trend approach. You can also go all-out with Ciaté’s Pool Party or Ibiza Blues for some serious stand-out style.
Melt Cosmetics matte lipstick in Bang! Bang! ($19.00/0.11oz) – One of my favorite bullet lipsticks ever, this gorgeous orange is radioactive levels of neon. Long-lasting and comfortable to wear, you can read all my thoughts about Melt Cosmetics’ lipsticks (and eyeshadows) in my post from a few weeks ago.
Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Carina ($24.00/0.10oz) – My first real introduction to wearing orange lipstick on the regular, I fell in love with this shade and formula immediately. Stila’s liquid lipsticks are both smaller and more expensive than most of the competition, but the formula is velvety smooth and lasts forever.
ColourPop Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in Ouiji ($6.00/0.11oz) – One of my overall favorites for spring, this bright coral has the perfect hint of warm pink to bring it down a notch if you’re not sure you’re committed to neons. The ColourPop Ultra Matte formula is long-wearing and comfortable, but a little drying like any other liquid lipstick. If you’re not sure you’re on board with the whole liquid lipstick trend, these are only $6.00 so it’s a great option for testing the waters.
ColourPop Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in First Class ($6.00/0.11oz) – Are you guys sick of liquid lipsticks yet? I can’t get enough. Another winner from ColourPop, this vivid orange has just a hint of red and is striking against both fair and deep skintones.