Get bright lips for spring

Bright lips are hot for spring. Get tips from Julie St-Laurent, senior makeup artist at M.A.C, on how to make the trend wearable

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If you’ve never tried bright colours, start with a sheer finish, like a tinted balm. “A translucent texture will add a subtle tint of colour to the lips.”

Shown: Joe Fresh Beauty Tinted Lip Balm in Coral ($8)

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coral lips

Coral or peach

Orangey tones are “fantastic” on women with an olive complexion, or if you’re sporting a tan (faux, preferably!).

Shown: Clarins Joli Rouge Brillant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick in Papaya ($27)

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mac fuchsia


St-Laurent loves how fuchsia looks on fair skin-but only if skin is prepped first with foundation to neutralize pink tones. Avoid if you have a tan.

Shown: M.A.C Amplified Crème Lipstick in Show Orchid ($17)

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A bold, blue-toned red is the classic route to punched-up colour. Go for a cherry red in a matte finish-St-Laurent says it flatters fair, olive or dark tones.

Shown: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice ($10)

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Raspberry or violet

Raspberry or violet

“These bright hues look great on darker skin tones because there’s less contrast and the result appears softer,” St-Laurent explains.

Shown: CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Plum Pout ($10)

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For a really big colour boost, layer up: “Worn over lipstick, gloss intensifies the colour,” says St-Laurent. Choose a matching one with no sparkle.

Shown: YSL Gloss Pur Pure Lip Gloss in Pure Raspberry ($34)

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