How to Wear Bright Lipsticks to Work

how to wear bright lipsticks at work

A lot of us don't have time to put on a full face of makeup everyday, but there's just one thing anyone can do that will really help elevate your office look.

Lipstick is one of those game-changer products that can really help elevate your mood, give you confidence and make you look instantly put together. The only thing is, it can be really tricky to know what colors are, and aren't, work-appropriate. That can lead a lot of us to just sticking to MLBB/nude territory or never going beyond sheer tints, which is simply tragic as there are so many great lipstick colors out there just begging to be worn! Plus, there are even studies out there that suggest that wearing bright red lipstick can actually be good for your career! So what are you waiting for?

Here are some ideas for how to incorporate some fun spring lipstick shades into your routine, no matter what type of office environment you work in:

For the casual, anything goes office: try a bright magenta pink. A deeper pink like this will make your teeth appear brighter and goes great with a tan! If you're looking for a bright magenta, then my suggestion is the shade Eternally Yours Fuschia from Canada's Saint Cosmetics; it's a super-pigmented, matte magenta, which is my fave way to wear a color like this as the matte finish makes it modern and lets you focus on the color instead of the gloss (read my previous review of this lipstick here).

For the conservative office: try a bold red. Now, you'd think red would be the last color you should wear in a conservative environment, but what could be more classic and traditional than red lipstick! Red works all year round and when paired with minimal eyes and light contouring, it looks sophisticated and confident. I'm really in love with raspberry reds right now as they have a warmth to them that makes it more appropriate for spring's youthful feel. My recommendation is the Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Nude!

For the fashion forward office: try a purple. If you work in a creative environment, well then lucky you as you can go as avant-garde with your lipstick choices as you want! Nothing epitomizes "bold lips" more than a purple shade. For spring, a lavender would be fantastic if you're fair-skinned, while darker tones would favour a grape shade better. Sadly, I don't anything too extreme to recommend here, but the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Too Sexy is as bold as I've got right now. It looks scary purple in the tube, but is a very wearable purple-red on (see more swatches of this one here).

For the hectic office: lastly, for those who are always moving between meetings, work sites or otherwise always on-the-go, I'd recommend trying any of the above, but in a long-lasting liquid lipstick formula. My go-to, never-budge lipstick is definitely the Rimmel Provocalips 16 hr Kiss Proof Lip Colour. These puppies will literally not move at all all day, provided you give them 1 minute of your busy day to properly set. They're a cinch to apply and come in a variety of fun bright shades. My fave bright pink is the shade I'll Call You (see swatches of this one here).

work appropriate color lipsticks
Left to right: Rimmel Provocalips 16 HR Kiss Proof Lip Colour in I'll Call You, Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Nude, Colourpop Lippie Stix in Too Sexy, and Saint Cosmetics Eternally Yours Fuschia lipstick

What are your favourite lipstick shades to wear to work?

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