4 Tips for Wearing Bold Lipstick

Posted March 7, 2018 by Kalyn in How To, makeup, Tips / 10 Comments

I really love to experiment with wearing bold lipstick, and one comment I hear over and over is, “Oh my goodness, I love that on you! But I could never wear a color like that!”. So I’m excited to bring some tips to you for wearing bold lipstick. Wearing bold lipstick is fun! I love for my lipstick to either compliment or contrast my eye makeup, and I feel like it really just adds a little somethin’, somethin’ to my look. I know it can be super intimidating though, so here are my three tips for not only wearing bold lipstick – but ROCKING it!

1) Pick a color you love

This needs to be where you start. You need to find a lip color that makes you feel sassy and unstoppable. You know those advertisements of women strutting their stuff? Yeah – you need to find a lip color that makes you feel like that. Any color that you love will do. Pink, red, purple, orange, or blue. It doesn’t matter! You just need to feel exquisite when you wear it. It needs to be a color that you are so in love with that everyone else’s opinions about it are irrelevant. One that makes you go, “Oh, well then it’s a good thing I love it because it’s on my face!”. 

When you’ve finally selected a color, start thinking about the tone of the color. There are pastels, neons, mid-tones, and deep tones. All bring something different to the table – I mean, your face! Don’t be afraid to experiment here.

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2) Get a long-lasting formula

Not all lipsticks are created the same. Some are more moisturizing than others, some are more pigmented, and some are more long-lasting. When wearing bold lipstick, you definitely want to go with a formula that is more long-lasting. This means that it won’t travel outside of your lip lines or wear off through out the day. Keep reading for some of my recommendations!

3) Clean lip lines

Without sounding too harsh, wearing bold lipstick simply cannot look cute if it looks like a five-year-old applied it. So practice, practice, practice! Your goal is to get crisp, clean lip lines. Remember that those of us veteran lipstick wearers all started somewhere too. We just practiced until it became muscle memory for us.

If you particularly struggle with creating clean lip lines, I highly recommend using a lip liner. This will give you more control while creating your lip line and give you something to follow when you go in with your lipstick. Again, stay tuned for more recommendations!

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4) Freaking rock it!

This is the true key to wearing bold lipstick. You have to. own. it! You have to hold your head high, shoulders back, and smile like it’s the best day EVER. You have to knoowww that this lipstick makes you look fabulous and communicate that confidence with people via your body language. Wearing bold lipstick that you absolutely love should make you feel confident, and that confidence is key when it comes to rocking it.

Lipstick recommendations

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Perhaps one of my favorite lipstick formulas is the NYX liquid suede line. I love this line because it has a wide range of colors, is very long-lasting, and is comfortable to wear. Some of my favorite bold lipsticks are from this line, including Cherry Skies and Amethyst.


Another liquid lipstick option are the Stila Stay All Day lipsticks. Full disclosure: I actually don’t own any of these lipsticks, but I’ve legit never heard anyone talk poorly about them. Their red shade, Beso, is a cult favorite! It’s the perfect, blue-toned red that makes your pearly whites look even more radiant!

An even more affordable option are the Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuits. Again, a very comfortable, long-lasting formula. I’m borderline obsessed with the red one from this line. I get so many compliments when I wear it! I also really like the applicator of these lipsticks. It has a curve to it that just hugs your lips perfectly!

My last lipstick recommendations before moving onto lip liners is the liquid lipstick by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is another one I haven’t personally tried, but when I think of liquid lipsticks, this brand comes to mind as the OG. I mean, it has over 1,500 reviews and a 4.5 star rating for a reason! And their shade range is rather impressive!

Lip liner recommendations

I’ll keep it quick since I rambled on about lipstick so much!

If you have the budget for it, I highly recommend the MAC lip liners. They’re creamy, long-lasting, easy to apply, and come in a variety of shades so that you’re guaranteed to find the perfect shade.

If you’re on a tighter budget, my recommendation to you is the NYX lip liners. At this link you’ll see they have a few different lines to choose from. I personally prefer their slim lip pencils. They aren’t as creamy as I like, but they’re a great price and have a huge color selection. I find the suede matte lip liners to be very dry and patchy and the retractable lip liners are so dry they crumble away.

By using these four tips and practicing, you should be well on your way to that perfect bold lipstick application! What’s your favorite bold lipstick? Share it with me down in the comments!

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10 responses to “4 Tips for Wearing Bold Lipstick

  1. Love the tips! I’m a complete newb when it comes to makeup and I’ll be turning 30 this year! 😛 I’ve pinned this for later so I can go back to it! I’m starting small and using more eyeliner and mascara and lipstick since those are fairly easy for me. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kalyn

      No problem! It’s never too late to learn how to makeup 🙂 If you have any questions or want some more tips, you know where to find me! I love to chat about makeup and teach women 🙂

    • Kalyn

      I often find them uncomfortable too, but this line really is amazing! So pigmented, great lasting power, but has some nice flexibility to it!

  2. I love a bold lipstick too! I tend to go more with wine or burgundy. However, I love the cherry skies! I may have to try that one as well!

    • Kalyn

      I love a nice wine as well! If you like wines and burgundies I think you’d definitely enjoy Cherry Skies!

  3. Great post! I absolutely love a bold lip, but I’m so shy to wear them because I struggle with really “owning” it. I think that will be my goal this spring – to start wearing those bold lips proud!

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