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10 Colors to Add to Your Summer Lipstick Lineup

Bring on the flushed pinks and plum hues.
June 09, 2023

Get ready to level up your makeup game this season with the prettiest summer lipstick colors of 2023. The colors to wear are all about embracing the natural aspects of your beauty routine and discovering a neutral-toned shade that doesn’t skimp out on color and will effortlessly enhance your summer look. Imagine yourself basking in the moonlight at a beachside bonfire in an icy pink hue or rocking a deep orange-based red lipstick that compliments your sun-kissed (hopefully not sunburned) glow. 

Or maybe you’re balancing work presentations and picnics with friends; that's when you should reach for strawberry pinks and warm honey brown lipsticks that scream “Work hard, play harder.” These shades embrace the vibrant energy of the season while the accompanying L’Oreal Paris lippie recommendations hold up against the heat of the summer, ensuring your lips stay hydrated and colorful no matter what summer activity you're planning. Pack up any fall or winter lipstick colors you may still be wearing and paint your lips in the trendiest lipstick colors of 2023 that your friends will be begging for the name of.

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Barely There Nudes

Nude lipstick is the color to wear this summer. Everyone is baring it all this season, from celebs on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival to the endless influencers on social media looking for the best nude lip and gloss combo. Whether your best nude shade is a light beige or a dark brown, there’s a color for you within the L’Oréal Paris lipstick family. For pale complexions, try a nude color with a subtle pink undertone like the L’Oréal Paris Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Nude Independent that will pull out any flushed tones on the face for a more flirty look. For those with darker complexions, try a true-to-tone dark brown like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in He Thinks He’s Matte-Cho. 

Subtle Coral

A warm-toned medium brown shade recently became an instant hit when it was worn by a beloved under-the-sea princess, igniting a frenzy of excitement. Now, beauty enthusiasts everywhere are flocking to their nearest stores in search of the perfect dupe. Enter the sensational L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Les Nus Intense Nude Lipstick in Nu Irreverent. This highly pigmented and luxuriously creamy lipstick has the warmth of a subtle brown but with an unexpected twist — a subdued punch of coral. The stunning fusion of these hues creates one of the most popular colors of the season, capturing the essence of a summer tan. 

Icy Pink

Show off the natural beauty of your lips with this cool-toned color that adds a wave of freshness to your summer look. Whether you’re lounging poolside and want a pop of color, or you’re getting ready for an epic summer concert for your favorite musician, this hue will instantly brighten up your face. And not just your face, there are lipsticks that can make your teeth look whiter too and a cool-toned pink does just that.  

Try the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm in Lipstick in Pastel Exaltation for a versatile shade that leaves a flesh-toned look on lighter skin tones and a frosty cool-toned pink on tanner complexions. Bonus: Glow Paradise Balm in Lipstick is infused with pomegranate extract, which is known to aid in skin repair and the promotion of epidermis regeneration. 


Deep Berry-Tones

Let your sultry side come through this summer with a deep berry-toned lip color reminiscent of blackberries and boysenberries. Channel your confidence with the rich shade of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Deeply Disturbed, which lasts up to 16 hours. This liquid lipstick formula glides on smoothly and precisely with the pointed round doe-foot applicator. If you like a matching lip liner and lipstick moment, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Anti-Feathering Lip Liner in Bold Orchid.

Orange-Based Red

Yes, red lipstick is “in” for 2023 — is it ever really “out” of style though? However, it’s not just any regular red lipstick that’s a trending favorite for summer 2023. An orange-based red tone gives you all the glamor and chicness of a deep red lip, with a bright color that’s popular in the summertime. Similar to the insides of a juicy blood orange, this shade works on all skin tones and pairs extra well with warm undertones. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick in British Red that leaves lips feeling soft with the added argan oil and sesame seed oil.

Plum Brown

Brown and purple shades are ruling summer 2023 and it only continues with the touch of sophistication brought by a plum brown shade. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick in Spice is the perfect choice for achieving a chic bold look. The smooth and creamy formula glides effortlessly onto your lips, leaving behind a luscious plum brown shade. Colour Riche Satin Lipstick won’t smudge, budge, or bleed but if you still like the look and security of a lined lip, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner in Truly Burgundy, which blends in effortlessly with the creamy lipstick. 

Doll-Approved Pink

Be playful with your lip color this summer with a dark pink shade that your favorite blonde haired toy would snatch up instantly. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Luminous Hydrating Lipstick + Nourishing Serum in Beautiful Rosewood is a cool-toned pink shade that lays bright on the lips with the infused moisturizing pro vitamin B5 serum. Through the long summer days, you might forget you’re even wearing this lightweight lipstick until you look in the mirror and notice how soft your lips look (and feel). And if you suddenly get inspired to enter full doll mode, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Feria Hyper Platinum Advanced Lightening System Bleach for any blonde hair needs. 

Dark Mauve

Bold colors during summertime bring the fun that the season is supposed to be all about. Wear a dark mauve color to a work dinner that quickly turns into a group karaoke session because clearly, you bring the party with you. A mix of red and purple make up this trending color that commands attention. Try The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Reds Of Worth Satin Lipstick With Saturated Color in Hopeful Red that looks as good on the lips as it does in the stunning gold tube. This smudge-proof color sets with a satin finish that won’t dry out your lips no matter how many times you apply the lipstick.

Honey Brown

Bring to life the sizzle of summer with a honey brown lippie. The L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Signature Shiny Lip Stain Lipstick in Be Independent is the perfect choice for achieving an upscale look that you can wear basically anywhere this summer. It’s a versatile color that goes with everything and is a favorite in lip stain form thanks to this long-lasting formula from L’Oréal Paris. The shiny lip stain provides a lightweight feel and look without creasing away during its wear. 

Strawberry Pink

It’s not summer without a proper pink lipstick to add a touch of romance to any makeup look. Strawberry season begins during the summer time and while this color isn’t red like the fruit itself, it is a shade reminiscent of the tint that the juicy berry leaves on the lips after you eat it. Swipe a couple of layers of the L’Oréal Paris Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Rose Activist on your lips for a soft pink pout. The weightless matte lipstick is easy to apply, leaving no streaks, with the infused hyaluronic acid that adds softness to the formula. 

Next: The Ultimate Guide to Lipstick

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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