My Top 6 Lip Combos for Summer


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If I’m a connoisseur of anything, it’s how to achieve the perfect neutral lip. Today, I’m sharing six of my most worn lip combinations of the season.

For an everyday makeup look, I love the Too Faced Plumping Lip Liner in ‘Puffy Nude’ paired with the L’Oréal Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick in ‘Beige Eden.’ The pinky beige colors are subtle enough for minimal makeup looks but still have a plumping effect.

On a work day, you can find me reaching for the NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in ‘Sandstorm’ and the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in ‘Very Victoria.’ The cooler-toned tan mattes match each other perfectly.

My go-to combo for a summer night starts with the Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in ‘Structure,’ a warm tan, and finishes with the Patrick Ta Major Glow Lip Shine in ‘She’s an Influencer,’ a warm bronze with multidimensional shimmer. These shades never fail to complement a tan and make me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation.

For the perfect wearable pink, I love the Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil in ‘Wherever Walnut’ and the Maybelline Lifter Gloss in ‘Moon.’

Whenever I wear full glam makeup, I use the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in ‘Iconic Nude,’ a cool-toned beige, to overline and then dab a little of the MAC Creamy Lipstick in ‘Blankety,’ a light pinky nude, in the center. For added shine, I love the L’Oréal Lip Balm-in-Gloss in ‘Celestial Blossom,’ also a light pinky nude.

If longevity is what you’re looking for, look no further than the Rare Beauty Tinted Lip Oil in ‘Honesty.’ I use the warm-toned brown only to line my lips and once it dries down to a matte finish, I top it off with the Covergirl Clean Fresh Gloss in ‘Let’s Get Fizzical.’

Which combo will you try next? And if you think that most of them look the same, that’s because they do. At least I know what I like!

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