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27 Influencers Show Us How to Wear Bold Lipstick

What happens when you give a few out-of-the-box lip colors—think tangerine, periwinkle blue and deep purple—to 27 influencers? Read on for the enlightening results. (Related: The One Product That Can Make Your Lip Color Last All Day)

Want to try their looks? The periwinkle lip color (um, swoon) is Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Ya Dig?! (Buy It, $18, sephora.com), the orange hue is Lime Crime Plushies in Orange Juice (Buy It, $20, nordstrom.com), and the rich magenta is L'Oréal Rouge Signature Matte Lipstick in I Rebel (Buy It, $10, target.com).

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"This is very crazy. I have never worn this color and would never do it again. But I have to admit, when I saw this photo I thought, Wait, this is kind of good. And the experience has made an impact. "I mean, I am wearing blue lipstick and heels at a photo shoot in New York City. Who am I? And what can I achieve next?"Hajra Tariq (left)

"I would never have bought this bold orange color, but I love it. I wore it to a bar one night, and it made me feel con­fident and cool. I will absolutely do it again."Grace Hennigan (middle)

"My lipstick is totally making my day. I’m outgoing, and I talk a lot, so I love to wear bright colors and outra­ gorgeous clothes that make me and other people happy. Plus, they’re great conver­sation starters."Gregoria Reyes-Lou (right)

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"I was so nervous to try this. I thought I would look like a clown. But nobody flinched, and I feel a little more cheerful."Tineey Tsang (left)

"This is so not me, but it makes me feel like that cool, edgy girl I want to be. IRL I’m in bed by 10 p.m. Getting out of my comfort zone is a risk but a good risk."Melanie Sutrathada (center)

"It doesn’t look as bad as I expected, but I feel really self-conscious. Still, this experiment was a good reminder to try things I normally wouldn’t."Tedi Sarah (right)

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"I am here for this! It's a small change, but I feel so different. I'm smiling more, walking taller, and acting bolder."Divya Dhaliwal (left)

"I'd never put on lipstick before, but I'd thought about it. This made me let my guard down a bit and not take things so seriously. It's actually pretty badass."Alex Kalb (center)

"I wore this to work for a week, and people were a bit shocked. But I felt beautiful and like I should be drinking coconut water on a beach."Phyllicia Bonanno (right)

Related: Yes, You Can Pull Off This Bold Blue Eyeshadow

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"Bold lips have always been my thing. They put me in a good mood, and I think people are attracted to the confidence that comes with them."Sabrina Poon (left)

"When I wore this to a birthday dinner, I heard a lot of comments like, ‘That lipstick!’ It’s a statement that I’m definitely going to make again."Mirel Zaman (center)

"Many people told me I should wear this bold lip more often because it really brightens up my face. I think it elevates my whole look."Lauren Recchia (right)

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"I had this on all day and felt so vibrant. My hair gets a lot of attention, so I’m used to that, but I got a few extra approving looks in New York City."Christina Vega (left)

"To me, Vaseline is makeup, so this is zero to 100. But I think 2019 is the year of women doing whatever the ef we want, so I’m owning this look."Claire Fountain (center)

"I'm not afraid to be who I am. I love to make a statement. You can't not notice me now."Samantina Zénon (right)

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"I'm not going to wear this particular color out, but I do apply clear lip gloss every day, and I’d go for a tint. I wish more men would admit to wearing makeup; many do."Aly El (left)

"No one is used to seeing bright colors on me, so this added a special oomph."Lauren Mazzei (center)

"I'm surprised that I like this, but it does completely embody my personality: bright, pop-­y, fun, and happy."Ashley Nelson (right)

Related: Brilliant Red Lipstick Beauty Hacks to Add to Your Morning Routine

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"I never put on lip color, but doing so created a ripple effect in the rest of my life. It inspired a new energy, and I carried myself differently."Hitomi Mochizuki (left)

"I have a very lax dress code at work, so I wore this to the office. It was certainly an attention grabber. I may do it again soon!"Gita Woosley (center)

"This shade showcases my power. So many people don’t think they can rock it, but they can. It's not about the par­ticular hue; it's about owning the vibe it creates"Mariann Yip (right)

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"My lips are the main feature on my face, as they are for many black women, so this bright color expresses my blackness in an overt way that I like."April Kae (left)

"Whenever I swiped this on, people were so nice and complimentary. I don't know if it was a reaction to how I looked or how I acted."Julia Murphree (center)

"My makeup game is basic. Orange lipstick has been the perfect nudge to add a bit more fun and pop to my look."Emily Kammeyer (right)

Related: How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Makeup

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"I wore this on my commute. I felt really exposed, but it's New York—this was probably the least crazy thing on these streets."Emma Claire Fried (left)

"I thought my friends would think that I was back to my Cheetos habit, but instead I heard a lot of 'Girl, you look good!' It felt like a shot of energy."Erin Donnelley (center)

"This was a big change, but I want to stop being so neutral and give people a reason to look at and wonder about me."Stephany Ayoubi (right)

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