Years ago, on a work trip, I had a very public, weapy breakdown in a swanky Orange Country California restaurant bathroom. Like, BREAK.DOWN. Tears, dramatic face in hands, couldn’t get it under control moment. A treasured friend of mine, who was also a co-worker at the time, saved me. It was one of the most important friendship moments I’ve had in the past 10 years. She came rushing into the bathroom, pulled out a tube of coral lipstick, swiftly (and perfectly, I might add) swiped it on my lips and said “You’ve got this. You just need a coral lip. You’ve got this. See, you look fabulous.”
She was lying. I looked like someone punched me in the face about 15 times, but I wiped my nose, picked my head up and walked out of that bathroom like the Queen of Sheba. That dear friend, and that tube of coral lipstick, were a turning point for me. A woman can take on the world if she has the right coral lip – and we did the legwork of finding the best shades for you! As you can see – from the picture above where I am wearing a number of shades – there are tons to chose from!
Here are our favorite coral lipsticks:
We are HUGE fan of the YSL stain, which lasts all day and feels incredible. It’s a little pricy, but it lasts forever, so no need to feel guilty about buying a couple shades – as long as you make sure to add this beautiful coral color. It’s very easy to wear, and a little more muted – so great for the office.
NARS Lipsticks are enriched with vitamin E to increase wearability and keep true color locked into place, a huge plus for those who can’t seem to keep color long (raises hand.) I’ve been a fan of almost everything NARS makes, so it’s no surprise they got it right with their lipstick shades – especially this pretty coral!
I love how matte this lip color looks. It’s staying power is epic, and although it tends to dry out my lips a tiny bit, I trust it for moments when I need BIG color to stay put. This shade is a little more pink, so it’s perfect for a more feminine look.
Butter London’s cult-favorite shade – Trout Pout – is darn near flawless. Often sold out, and always in demand in the warmer months, this shade looks fabulous against summer whites and light blues. It’s my go-to coral on the weekend.
What shades did we miss? Leave a comment with your favorite coral lipsticks to let us know.