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5 Lip Colors to Wear Right Now

Cinnamon Brown

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Brown, 90s-inspired lipstick was a big theme on recent runways. Go for a cinnamon-brown shade with a hint of orange or red to keep it pretty and prevent the look from going goth, says celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose. “A bit of sheen is also key,” he says. “It shouldn’t be completely matte.”

Try: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipcolor in Spicy Cinnamon ($7;

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Hot Pink

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Usually reserved for spring and summer, vibrant pink proves to be a perennial shade, lending skin an unexpected pop of color in the cooler (read: paler) months. To get it right, choose a blue-based pink like fuchsia, Barose suggests. “And avoid anything glossy so it doesn’t look too Barbie.”

Try: NARS Lipstick in Funny Face ($39;

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Glossy Red

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This season’s must-wear red lip is opaque with vinyl-like shine. Top a regular red lipstick with clear gloss, concentrating it on the lower lip, Barose says. Then, take a matching lip pencil and lightly trace along the lips’ borders, creating a clean, precise edge.

Try: Dior Rouge No. 999 ($34; and NYX Cosmetics Lip Gloss with Mega Shine ($5;

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Not the classic red kind of girl? Try its slightly edgier sister, burgundy. If the deep wine color is a bit too strong for you, ease into it by opting for a shade that's not too matte or opaque. “Sheerer shades are easier to wear," Barose says.

Try: Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 41 Idol ($12;

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Nude Pink

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A nude lip is always on trend. Update the look with a hint of peach or pink, which will keep you from looking flat or washed out, Barose says.

Try: Tom Ford Lip Color in Spanish Pink ($48;

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