How to Wear Bright Pink Lipstick

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Something strange has come over me in recent weeks. I’ve begun a bit of a love affair with pink lips. Easier to wear than reds and an instant face ‘perker-upper’; my blush pout stocks have now doubled thanks to a few hauls in this particular category. Oops. But I can’t get enough – fuchsias, nudey ones, warm, cool, whatever – they’re just the perfect accompaniment for lazy days when I can’t be fussed to bother with anything fancy on the eye. Though there is a knack to it, so today I’m divulging my Pink Lip 101: how to wear ’em and my favourites I’ve found so far…

Hold up with the blush. I have an on/off relationship with blush anyway, but when pink lips come into the equation it needs cooling off even more than usual. If you’re naturally ruddy like myself then skip it all together, but if you really, really need your fix then just go easy picking a shade not too far off the one you’re planning to smother your lips with. If you go overboard just run your foundation brush or sponge over the top and you’re back to square one again. Done.

Work your way up to it. It’s the same rule that’s followed with lips. If you’re wary of boldness then begin with a sheer, glossy texture – erry’one loves those – then build up to a medium wash of colour with a satin finish. Then before you know it you’ve grown the balls to throw on an audacious shade of rose like a boss.

Find your hue. Pink lips work on the same colour spectrum as reds; there are your warmer, more yellow-y shades and then your cooler blue-ish tones. Not everyone is going feel equally flattered in every single colour so experiment to find what rolls best with you. Personally more rosy hues work with me, but if I want something really unexpected I’m happy to rock a wickedly cool toned fuchsia.

Don’t think of it as a red. Crimson, in the beauty world, is a colour that a load of us shy away from, but pink really doesn’t have to be approached in the same way. Our lips are that colour naturally – remember that. 

Pep talk ticked off, let’s move swiftly on to shades that get two big VDM thumbs up. I’ll begin with the sheers. The Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch which I’m wearing in the left picture – though not the most sophisticated in formula (a tad drying) – is good starting point and a nice one to layer over bolder formulas to calm down the colour. Two that are a little higher up the pigment scale are The Body Shop’s Colour Crush Shine in 14 and Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick which both have hi-shine formulas that linger on the lips.

Something that sits in the middle is the YSL Kiss & Blush in 1, which I’m wearing in the centre pic. It goes on quite dewy, the applicator is the perfect size, but it dries down and lasts well. I’m in lurve with the colour too – in fact I think it’s my favourite of them all. Then if you really want to dial it up I’ve got two in my collection for ya. Bourjois’ Velvet Edition in Pink Pong – cute name, kick ass formula or CHANEL’s Rouge Allure Velvet in La Diva which I’m wearing in the far right picture. Both fall in to the shocking pink category and are line in with my belief that when going loud on the lips, it’s always better to go matte.

So my parting question to you is – how badly do I need NARS’ Schiap (a.k.a the supposed crème de la crème of the pink lip crop)?


  • Anna Blush

    I love a natural pink lip, definitely one of the easier lip colours to rock. I’m in the ‘just starting out with sheers’ stage of lip colours so hopefully soon I’ll be able to rock a more in your face bold colour. Loved these tips x

  • I love a bold lip colour! Those pinks really suit you xx

  • abeeyo_q8

    NARS’s Schiap is lovely…next on my list…perhaps with or after Cruella (know you’re a fan) 😀
    Do you not own MAC’s famous Candy Yum Yum? It’s a matte finish as well…might be worth looking into

  • Madge on Makeup

    The Baby Lips in Pink Punch is surprisingly bright! Love it for the warmer weather!

  • This hue really suits you Anna! I am one for pinky reds leaning a little warm!

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  • I love bright pink lips. The Chanel looks amazing!!

    xx glamdevils

  • Elisa K

    I’ve recently been addicted to pink lips too! It’s odd because it’s coming into Autumn here in Australia!

  • No matter how hard I try I always end up with a pink lip – they are just so damn pretty! Great tips here.

  • Esther Imbula

    I also just recently got into pink lipsticks, first purchased a bright one by Maybelline and after using it so much, I went in and got a pick one and the other day I bought yet again another pink and a coral too. I’m ready for the summer.

  • Ruhee

    Anna, have you tried Mac’s Girl About Town? It’s a blues based bold pink, which is flattering on a lot of skin tones.

  • marikuska

    Barry M have great pink lipsticks, all matte and my favourite is Shocking Pink plus they are really cheap if you just feel like experimenting with different coulours…if you put a lip balm under they do not dry out your lips…You should try them out!

  • Sophie

    Dont forget Topshop also do great sheer and bold options! The sheer ones in particular are very moisturising. Nyx also have great pink shades in their butter gloss range.

  • JosieLovesShoes

    Ok so I think La Diva is going to be my new obsession! Such a gorgeous colour and finish. I’m not sure if it’ll suit me though, I’m a bit too ginger I think haha. xx

  • Great post – I love the look of YSL Kiss & Blush especially!

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  • Gorgeous colours. I love that middle shade on you! xx

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  • bronwen barton

    Absolutely love this! Going to have to give pink lips a go I think. They look perrrfect for the summer. Bronwen x

  • I love the pink look. Very pretty.

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  • I have to say that the Revlon Just Bitten Balms and the Maybelline Baby Lips are the most drying lip products I’ve ever used. To the point of them almost being chapped and wrinkly?! Maybe that’s just me as I know so many people love them! I am currently loving the Clinique Chubby Stick in mighty Mimosa. The perfect hint of pinky coral for the warmer months but still manages to be sheer. Addicted!

  • Eileen

    I’ve been waiting for this post all week! Thanks so much for sharing Anna, I went out to buy the YSL one immediately lol xx

    • Eileen

      Oh and I have the Clinique Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony which is almost identical to the Revlon one in Lovesick but much more moisturising and made with all natural ingredients! xx

  • Pink looks fab on you Anna! I never really wear them myself, I find them harder to pull off than reds – I might start sheer though and get myself a Maybelline Baby Lips! 🙂 Great post! x

  • Stephanie

    Pink for summer! What could be better?!



  • nueyork

    I have an on off relationship with blush too, I just need some more neutral shades to get me going I think. I love bright pink lips, they’re my go-to pick me up.

  • You look sooo good with pink lips Anna, there were a few I fell in love with in your most recent video. The Chanel offering is beautiful! I totally need to gain some courage to wear more daring lip colours like a bright pink, MAC’s Creme Cup is about as pink as it gets for me! x

  • Irene Stetska

    Ooooh, I looove a pink lip. I think this is one of those colors that actually looks good on everybody and it always looks fashionable and interesting, not as classic as red, but gives a more trendy vibe I guess.
    These colors look great on you, Anna.

  • laura anne

    I swear you suit every colour lipstick! #jel xx


  • Sofia Coelho

    I have Schiap and I absolutely love it.

  • Paige Welham

    I have Schiap and I think it’s beautiful! Especially with brown here it seems to tone it down a bit, I’d say bite the bullet and get it! The Chanel one is now on my (arm length long) wishlist!

  • Charlotte Copeland

    The Chanel has got to be my favourite. These shades really suit you x

  • There’s no question…you need Schiap! Just do it 🙂

  • ohh Chanel looks amazing, what an amazing amazing of the lot x
    NARS Schiap is a win win, after all a girl got to have options right!

  • Love the pink lip, it looks amazing on you! Will have to get myself so of your picks! x

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  • scunningham

    Schiap? Eh. Had it. Wasn’t impressed, really. It’s just another shocking pink. I think it’s had it’s moment.

  • I love this post! Now that CHANEL lipstick is on my long list hahaha. I love Schiap by NARS, it is a little less of a berry pink then those above and has a lighter pink to it. If your a lipstick addict like me you need it!

    I wore it in some of these photos!


  • PeonyandPeach

    The Bourjois and Chanel look right up my street! I love a matte, fuscia lip. Nars Schiap was on my wish list last summer but I never bought it, I might have to reconsider this year! Oh and if you’re going to the trouble of asking you know you’re going to end up getting it! Who are you kidding?!

  • Liz

    How long wearing is the Chanel? It’s gorgeous! It’s been on my list since your last vlog.

  • Janine Maral

    Bright pinks are perfect for spring/summer season!

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  • Meghan

    I just tried on the Too Faced melted liquid lipstick in Melted Fushia the other day…calling is bright is an understatement but I really want to rock it this summer!
    Great post!

  • A really good subtle blush to wear with bright colors is MAC’ Dame. I wear it with reds and pinks. It just adds a subtle flush.

    And I had Schiap and returned it. I just never wore it and it pulled too…I don’t know, not what I was expecting, on me. I have been lusting after La Diva but when I swatched it on my arm, it reminded me so much of Schiap that I passed. So I would suggest seeing how similar the two seem to you!

    Shani x
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  • daisy walters

    The last one is defo my favourite, looks so so nice!!

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

  • yvonne

    you need to get your hands on ysl no. 52. it is quite unique.

  • Bold Pink is my fav glam look! Loving that Chanel one – looks gorgeous! Have a great weekend in the sunshine 🙂

  • Ellen W.

    I think it is also important to mention to keep the eyes slightly neutral, you don’t want to overdo it with color.

  • Love the one on you in the far right photo! I’ve been looking for a similar color but I haven’t found one that suits my skin tone yet.

  • I’m such a sucker for a hot pink lip and you’ve picked some great ones! Some of my faves are MAC Lickable and Impassioned, NARS Schiap, and Revlon Lacquer Balm in Vivacious. I so need Pink Pong in my life! xo

  • Boho Rush

    Some great tips! I agree with the blush- some people go way too overboard and just end up looking like a clown! Ps- that YSL pot looks divine!

  • Victoria

    These are great tips, I am just now coming into ( and getting stronger) about a nice pink lip! I love these colors!
    Xo V

  • Great tips Anna, my lips have been unbelievably dry recently so my Baby lips in Pink Punch has been one of the only things I can tolerate on them 🙂


  • mikaylaa.s

    This is an awesome post, great tips!


  • Daniella


  • Great post! The blush tip is great 🙂
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  • The fuchsias are my favorite pinks right now. I can’t get enough of them.

  • Zazie Bibi

    Bright pinks suit you so well! x

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  • Great advice! I just got The Body Shop’s color shine, lovin them!

  • Ella

    I’v been loving pink too – I even did a post on it a week or so ago! #greatminds

  • I’ve been loving bright pinks as well recently! xoxo Savannah

  • Maria CZ

    I love pink lipsticks


  • dannii ofe

    Love this post, you’ve made me feel the need to put on a pink lip immediately…

  • Aw you look so lovely. I´ve one bright pink lipstick from astor and really love it. My morning thoughts was bright lips with pink blush or pink lips with pink nails are good going 🙂 Your post is a new inspiration for me thanks for that

  • Ashley K

    Chanel La Diva is on my wish list. I love the YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in 04 Succulent Pomegranate for a bold pink lip. Despite being a balm, it packs a punch!

  • I love the middle one on you. I’ve not yet made a chanel purchase although I’d really like to one day 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • Loving the Chanel shade and formula! Gorgeous!

  • Trudy Wang

    I like pink lipstick on fair skin 🙂

  • Lauren S
  • Vanessa Gonzales

    I love how the revlon just bitten looks.

  • Lavinka

    I am loving the ysl kiss and blush things right now. Just got the number 1 yesterday and I was instantly hooked by the formula and quality. Wahhh, I think I need two more shades. Unfortunately!!!!
    And since Chanel’s La Diva has come out, I have had my eye on it. Wahh, this vicious circle.

  • Sybil Mae

    Such a pretty shade of pink and perfect for the coming months! 🙂

  • Frances

    Anna, can I just say I love your blog! Have you tried this?
    I recently moved to California, got a tan and have been craving the brightest pinks, and this lilac-tinted pink from the new formula of the Sephora matte liquid lip color totally gets top marks!

  • Jaclyn Parsons

    Thanks to YOU, I bought Revlon “Lovesick” yesterday. You didn’t lead me wrong; I’ll be stocking up on more of your faves. Thank V! x