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Would You Wear… Bright Lipstick?


Bright lipstick on Taylor Momsen, Emma Watson, and Beyonce

One of this spring’s hottest beauty trends is bright lipstick – from neon pink to deep red, the focus is on lips right now. Celebrities like Taylor Momsen, Emma Watson, and Beyonce all seem to love the bright lipstick trend, but I want to know what you think!

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of bright lipstick. I think only works on a few people (perfect skin, classic sense of style a la Gwen Stefani and Dita von Teese), and I am definitely not one of them. I do think it’s a refreshing trend, though – makeup has been all about smokey, dark eyes lately and it’s nice to see something a little different emerge for spring.

What do you think? Would you wear bright lipstick, or is this a beauty trend you’d rather skip? Leave your thoughts and debate this one in the comments section!

Posted on on May 6, 2009 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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50 Responses to “Would You Wear… Bright Lipstick?”

  1. 1
    May 6th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I personally would not wear it. I would look way too weird, since everyone I know only see me with bright and/or dark eyeshadow and natural lips.
    I do agree it will work on a few people, Gwen Stefani can pull it of. So her thing lol

  2. 2
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    No I wouldn’t. I never liked this look

  3. 3
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I’ll skip!

  4. 4
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Definitely. I don’t do it as much anymore because I’ve toned my makeup as a whole (trying to get to an 8am class on time got increasingly difficult over the course of the year). I still love the look though.

  5. 5
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I like it but, I don’t think I would wear it. I think it works on some people but, not everyone.

  6. 6
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I would try it, but probably wouldn’t wear it out. I think it would make me look weird.. maybe if I get the courage I’ll go out with it one day

  7. 7
    May 6th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    i’m so-so about this. i LOVE how it looks on other people and in magazine editorials but whenever I try it on myself I feel like I look like a clown! i need to try it out some more

  8. 8
    May 6th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    i don’t think i could pull it off. i’d end up looking like blanche from the golden girls! lol.. it does look good on *certain* ppl though :)

  9. 9
    May 6th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I’d skip it. :]
    Taylor Momsen could totally pull it off and look gorgeous. (:

  10. 10
    May 6th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I would totally wear bright lipstick. It looks best on Taylor.

  11. 11
    May 6th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try it but I always feel foolish and have to take it off. I wish I knew how to make it work!

  12. 12
    May 6th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I’ve tried but I feel that it doesn’t look that good on me. I’d rather put all the focus in my eyes instead of my mouth.

  13. 13
    May 7th, 2009 at 2:04 am

    I love wearing bright lipstick, but I will admit it’s not something for everyday, in terms of maintenance. When I’ve got time, though, I love classic red, hot pink, or lavender, since they provide a nice contrast with my pale hair and dark hair.

  14. 14
    May 7th, 2009 at 2:04 am

    This is not a trend for me. I’m asian and my skin is yellow-ish. That and bright lipstick simply don’t match. It makes me look like a clown. But people like Gwen Stefani and Taylor Momsen (with flawless skin and light blond-hair or brunette) can definitely pull it off. :)

  15. 15
    May 7th, 2009 at 3:16 am

    I already wear bright lipstick, however only when wearing neutral colours.

  16. 16
    May 7th, 2009 at 3:19 am

    I’d do it! I have very fair skin and think I could pull off a bold look for a certain occasion. I’m a fan.

  17. 17
    May 7th, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Hmm..not a fan of lipstick sorry……

  18. 18
    May 7th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    i think its a nice trend but its not really friendly to every skin tone
    it has to be for a special occasion that i may wear a daring lip color

  19. 19
    May 7th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I really like this look on other women.
    I am one of those women with light eyes, dark hair and “porcelain” skin can’t seem to look good in anything but ‘natural’. It’s unfortunate, but I’m not a bold personality either, which I believe is a must for such an eccentric trend.

  20. 20
    May 7th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    well, i really like bright lipstick, and that is red of course, i’ve got fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair so bright red lipstick works perfectly well!!!

  21. 21
    May 7th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I onlyy wear red lip stick I’m not going to go all bright I have Olive skin tone brown eyes and brown hair

  22. 22
    May 7th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I try to wear a little light lipstick every day; it makes you look instantly put-together, even if you’re in jeans and a t-shirt! I only go with reds and warm pinks though. Neon or bright pink stands out too much for the natural look I’m after.

    I love this trend and I’m glad to see other people do too!

  23. 23
    May 7th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    If I am going for more of a classic look, I would definitely wear it!

  24. 24
    May 7th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I’d wear wear wear it! Most of us have those days when we wanna look like Barbie. But I’d wear it like Taylor. Among the three, she did it right. Grunge+bright pink – it adds a nonchalant playfulness.

  25. 25
    May 7th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I’m not sure that I would wear it, but Emma Watson looks gorgeous!

  26. 26
    May 7th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I’ve been wearing bright lipstick for a while now. I love it! I’m much more comfortable with lipstick than eyeshadow.

  27. 27
    May 7th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    If i find the “right bright”, then i will try it. I love the way it gives off the classic pin up look.

  28. 28
    May 8th, 2009 at 4:03 am

    I totally love the lipstick trend! I have never been a great fan of lipgloss, lipstick looks way more sophisticated and lasts longer. And though a lot of you state that it is ‘not for me’, lipstick can actually work on everyone. It’s all about finding the right tones – as it is with clothing. No-one will state that ‘colour’ doesn’t look good on them, it’s just certain colours that don’t look good. It’s the same with lipstick, basically.

  29. 29
    May 8th, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I LOVE it! In the evening I think it would look amazing! Also if its only with dark jeans, white cotton T-shirt and blazer type of jacket! My favorite color are the coral lipsticks..beautiful ones from MAC! But if you put lipstick do NEVER put strong make up on the eyes! I wear absolutely no mascara with lipstick- but i’ve got some long lashes-so if u do just put a light touch of brown or black mascara.

  30. 30
    May 8th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    the problem with this trend is that people with smaller lips (i.e. me) look like they just have a bright line where their mouth should be. don’t get me wrong, i love my lips and their shape, but they are too small to be emphasized with colour.

    the two keys to making this look work for someone are 1. having lips you are willing to emphasize and 2. the right shade of lipstick for your skin. some people say they have olive or yellowish complexions and that that is the reason they can’t wear this style… there is ALWAYS a shade to match your skin – you just have to find it!

  31. 31
    May 8th, 2009 at 12:23 pm


    The latest fashion trend in apparels today is the skinny jeans that give you a lean look. However, if you are unable to get into those, you would also be happy to put on those wide legged pants or trousers that are also hot with the fashionistas. When worn with a short narrow top and a slim fit jacket along with high heel shoes, this combination would look cool and give you that much longed for lean look.

    Try it out this season!

  32. 32
    May 8th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I love red lipstick. The trick is to keep the eyes natural. Sometimes I leave the house wearing just red lipstick, and it seems to work.

  33. 33
    May 9th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I’d probably wear this on a girl’s night out, but definitely NOT to class on a regular basis. Maybe I’d do red for an evening out, too. It’s a fun look but you really have to find the right shade of lipstick or else you’ll end up looking clownish. It’s a total hit or miss!

  34. 34
    May 11th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    The bright pinks are so cute…but I suck at lipstick. Can’t even stand gloss!

  35. 35
    May 11th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I would definitely rock brightly colored lipstick,If the shade is flattering on me. I like my lip color to make a statement.

  36. 36
    May 11th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    The funny thing is, though, is that out of the photos you provided the only ones who look good with it are the ones with the “smokey” or dark eye makeup.
    Personally, bright lips only look good if you balance it out with a lot of eye makeup, or else your eyes kind of disappear.
    Or maybe it’s just Emma Watson who can’t pull it off.

  37. 37
    May 17th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Bright lipstick looks awesome in the spring and summer months. Along with colorful clothing, bright lipstick ads more to my face and there’s no need to where a lot of makeup during the day.

  38. 38
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    i always wear it these days, bright pink lipstick and dark eyes, it looks great on a night out, not really a day time look!!!

  39. 39
    July 8th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I love bright lipstick! It makes make up easy on those days where you really don’t feel like doing any.

  40. 40
    July 24th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Personally I LOVE a strong red lip. I wear it all of the time, I use red lipstick as more of a lip stain in the day so its not to bright but in the evening I love to go really bold with my lipstick. I always keep my eyes natural with maybe just a thin line above my lashes to give it that really classic 1950’s burlesque look. I think anyone can work bold colors, its just a matter of finding the right shade for you. My favorite lipstick of all time is the m.a.c matte finish lipstick in ‘Russian Red’, its a really bright red with just a hint of cool blue tones in it, it makes your teeth look so white!

  41. 41
    July 30th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I have quite red lips anyways, so I love putting on deep red lipcolour, as it just makes them stand out. Also with my dark hair it goes quite well. The only problem with it is maintenance, as through the day it wears off, and it doesn’t really stay as well as when you do your eyes in the morning, cos you don’t have to worry about them again. But j loom stupid with pale lips anyways, doesn’t suit my colouring, so red lips are the only colour I can go for :)

  42. 42
    December 8th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    i like this actually i rarely wear any makeup at all and once in a while if i feel risky ill throw on a bright neon pink lipstick (victorias secret muse lipstick) and i like it my skins very fair and my hairs dark it looks awesome

  43. 43
    January 15th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I love the trend. My lips are rather dark anyway and my skin’s quite light so nude lips are a total no-go for me. Em’s way with the dark red is perfect for me. It kind of balances my face…

  44. 44
    February 17th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I love this trend. I love to wear this on the weekends. I have black hair, dark tan skin and dark brown eyes. I’m more for the cherry red lipstick and a dark hot pink, since any lighter I look ridiculous. I think I only tried this trend is because my lips are huge, and my friends kind of forced me to wear it on a night out, if not for them then I wouldn’t have never tried myself. I loveee it.

  45. 45
    April 1st, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I used to only wear light colors and lip gloss when I was a teen. In my young 20s (now) I’ve found that I’m a classic girl at heart and I love lipstick. I almost always wear lipstick out (whether more subtle, like a berry stain, or full out glam when I dress up). It looks great with my bone structure and on my lips. I find my face naked without it. It instantly dresses me up.

  46. 46
    January 7th, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I completely would, I worry about wearing red with dark hair though, It does look good if you wear more natural makeup instead of applying it dark. Emma Watson is and forever will be my role model in the fashion world :))!

  47. 47
    June 28th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    It’s so cool.

  48. 48
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I always loved wearing bright lipsticks inside my house. It took a bit of confidence to wear them outside. People definately get an aura of “she’s got guts” when you wear bright lipstick!

  49. 49
    February 22nd, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    i LOVE bright lipstick!

  50. 50
    December 2nd, 2013 at 6:00 am

    It’s obviously a trend showing beauty.

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