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Even if you’re normally a Chapstick-only kinda gal, summer is the perfect excuse to bust out a bold lip: Bright hues look great against sweaty dewy skin and punch up even the simplest tee-and-shorts ensemble. Here are six shades we’ll be wearing all summer long.

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Hear us out: The purpley-pink shade is majorly on trend, and it’s actually super wearable, particularly on cooler-toned skin. Just keep the rest of your makeup minimal and wait for the compliments to roll in. 

Bite Beauty ($26)

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Cherry Red

Put your true reds away until fall and opt for a brightened-up pinkish tone—think cherry snow cone—that looks fantastic on everyone (but especially deeper complexions). 

NYX ($6)

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Juicy citrus hues (best for skin with gold or olive undertones) were made for summer. If opaque orange makes you think Cheeto lips, try this trick for a fresh, summery stain that won’t overwhelm you.

Maybelline ($8)

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& Other Stories

Poppy Red

Full-blown orange too outside your comfort zone? A matte orangey red—aka the tropical punch of lip shades—gives neutral-undertoned ladies the same boost while still feeling totally classic. 

& Other Stories ($15)

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Sheer Berry

OK, we understand that vibrant hues aren’t for everyone. For a subtler pop of color, reach for a universally flattering raspberry tint—better yet, one with SPF built right in. 

Ilia ($26)

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High-Shine Gloss

If ’90s brown is old news by now, brace yourself: Early-2000s gloss is making a comeback. Thankfully, the new iteration is more plush, dimensional sheen than tacky vinyl lacquer.

Clarins ($26) 

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