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We love a good smoky eye as much as the next girl, but when we’re facing the heat (and the sweat dripping off our foreheads), it’s a bit of a flight risk. Which is why we like to switch things up for summer and focus on our lips instead. Here, 15 shades to swipe until September.


A pinky nude

For the olive-toned ladies out there, this creamy neutral pops against tan skin.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in “Nude Thrill” ($8)

Bobbi Brown

A sheer blush

For our fairer-skinned friends, this blush-toned nude will perk things up in an instant.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in “Ballet Pink” ($27)

Sephora Collection

A tawny brown

A softer version of the browns we wore in the ’90s, this taupe-ish hue adds just enough color without looking harsh.

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in "Romantic Holidays" ($13)


A gold gloss

And if you really want a minimal look, opt for a gilded gloss and some bronzer and go about your day.

NARS Lip Gloss in “Hot Sand” ($26)

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A soft pink

This little ditty doubles as a cheek tint, so add a touch to your lips and apples to get a fresh flush all over.

Lancome Juicy Shaker in “Boom-Meringue” ($21)


A poppy coral

Perhaps the color that’s most synonymous with summer, a bright coral looks just as good on your paler May tone as it does on your August glow.

CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in “Coral Cat” ($9)

L'Oréal Paris

A warm apricot

The same goes for even more orange.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in “Always Apricot” ($10)


A perfect peach

Keep the shade on the sheerer side to avoid any chalkiness. This one feels more like a balm and can be layered on liberally without washing you out.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in “Peach Parfait” ($6)

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Make Up For Ever

A gleaming fuchsia

Pulled a late night? Nothing brightens up a tired face like a swipe of hot pink on the lips.

Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in “Electric Fuchsia” ($24)


A vibrant purple

Just as flattering as the aforementioned pink, but slightly more unexpected. Best for women with darker skin tones.

Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in “Tabloid” ($21)

Anastasia Beverly Hills

A softer purple

For a less intense version of this hue, try a mauve-like pink with just a hint of lilac instead.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Soft Lilac” ($20)

Bite Beauty

A rosy mauve

Or go full-on mauve toward the end of the season to slowly transition into your fall wardrobe.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in “Sake” ($26)

Lipstick Queen

A sheer red

You can never go wrong with red--especially when it’s as silky smooth (and as impossible to mess up) as this one.

Lipstick Queen Lipstick in “Eden” ($24)


Or a fully saturated red

Classic for a reason, a statement red lip adds a touch of glamour to an otherwise bare face.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick in "Le Rouge" ($37)

Milk Makeup

A deep berry

Summer seems like an unlikely season to wear a moody shade, which is exactly why it works. (Just look how popular it was at the Met Gala.)

Milk Makeup Lip Color in “New Whip” ($22)

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