When you think of applying lipstick for the day, it’s pretty likely that some of the first colors that come to mind are nude, red, and pink. While we, too, are suckers for these lip shades, as beauty lovers we think it’s important to not neglect the rest of the rainbow. Alas, we challenge you (and ourselves) to step away from the ordinary and take a peek at a few untraditional lip colors for a makeup look that’s sure to turn a few heads. Whether you let your lips do all the talking or decide to pair them with your favorite foundation, highlighter, bronzer, eyeliner, and mascara, you’re sure to make a statement with the following shades.
Our Best Untraditional Lipstick Shades for Light Skin Tones
Yes, you can pull off out-there lipstick hues even when you have fair skin!
If you want to go bright and bold: Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Lilac Lust. If you’re a sucker for all things pastel, you’re going to fall in love with this pale purple lipstick shade. With a single swipe, you can expect high color impact that lasts all day long.
If you want to go light and ethereal: Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Kitten Paw. Love the idea of pale purple lipstick but not quite ready to go full on pastel? Try this dusty lilac liquid lipstick instead.
Our Best Untraditional Lipstick Shade for Medium Skin Tones
Take a walk on the wild side in a bold lip color that will definitely turn heads.
If you want to go dark and bold: Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Navy Spy. We know what you’re thinking: blue lipstick?! Yes! Believe it or not, an even swipe of navy lipstick can make your lips pop for a full, pretty pout that can be played up or down depending on your day’s agenda.
If you want to go matte: Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Gic. This bold purple hue is the perfect complement to medium skin tones—and it will surely allow you to stand out from the crowd.
Our Best Untraditional Lipstick Shade for Dark Skin Tones
Congrats: Just about any untraditional lipstick color will look stunning when paired with your skin tone!
If you want to go bright and bold: Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Domineering Teal. Whether you love mermaids, unicorns, or the ocean, we can all agree that this pretty pastel blue shade looks straight out of a fairytale. Pair it with a little mascara for an office-ready look, or go full glam with dark eyeshadow for a night out on the town.
If you want to go dark and vampy: Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Matte in Cinna-Bomb. When it comes to lipstick, brown is the new nude. And this matte shade is totally on trend, so take it for a spin for an of-the-moment look.
Once you pick one of our best untraditional lipsticks for your skin tone, you’re halfway to creating your most perfect pout. The other half lies in the way you prep your pucker. Before applying any color, you want to make sure your lips are as smooth as possible so that no little pieces of dead skin get in the way of your pretty pout. To buff your lips to perfection to create the best canvas for your untraditional lip look, look to your skin care routine and try using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub on your lips. Simply massage the sugar scrub into your lips, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. At the end of the day, remove your lipstick with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types.
The Best Face Makeup Pairing for an Untraditional Lip Color
Now that you’ve found the best untraditional lipstick for your skin tone, let your lips do the talking by keeping the rest of your face makeup natural-looking. The ultimate skin goal? A dewy or matte complexion topped off with just enough bronzer, blush, and highlighter to sculpt your features.
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Apply primer. Perfect your base with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer.
Step 2: Color correct any discolorations. Next, use the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons to neutralize any redness, dullness, or sallowness you see showing up on your complexion.
Step 3: Apply foundation. Once everything looks a bit more evenly toned, squeeze some of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation onto the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender and stipple it on until you achieve your ideal coverage—just remember that you should avoid a heavy-handed approach if you’re aiming for a natural-looking finish.
Step 4: Apply bronzer. Help your facial structure stand out with a few light swipes of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Bronze It Bronzer. Simply apply the bronze color to the hollows of your cheeks, down the sides of the bridge of your nose, and along your hairline for a little shadow play that looks au naturel.
Step 5: Apply blush. A natural flush can do wonders for your complexion. While not everyone naturally blushes, anyone can pick up the look from their local drugstore. So, dust some of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush onto the apples of your cheeks, swiping up toward your temples for a little extra dimension.
Step 6: Apply highlighter. Dust your cheekbones for the perfect glow-y sheen using the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette.
Step 7: Apply finishing powder. Set your face makeup using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder.
Now that you know which crazy lip colors to add to your arsenal, why not update your eyeliner collection, too? To learn how to wear colorful eyeliner, check out our article, How to Use Colored Eyeliner for a Statement Look.