When it comes to choosing a lipstick shade, long gone are the days of reds, pinks, and nudes as your only options. Remember when you used to have to depend on cheap (and usually pretty awful) costume makeup brands to achieve an unconventional lip color? Thankfully, more and more cosmetics lines are putting out colors that are out of the ordinary—even the luxury ones. From vampy blacks and navys to the wild brights (banana yellow, anyone?), these colors are making their way into beauty looks, and not just for Halloween anymore.
While you’ll certainly turn heads with a pastel green lip, we say go for it and let your freak flag fly. However, we recommend keeping the rest of your makeup look simple to avoid looking overdone and using a transparent lip pencil to keep colors intact. While these shades are not for the faintest of heart, they certainly make for a daring and fun look to incorporate come spring.
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Manic Panic, Lipstick in ‘Cobweb,’ $14.99, available at Amazon.
Ardency Inn, Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in ‘Black is Blue,’ $25, available at Urban Outfitters.
Illamasqua, Lipstick in ‘Apocalips,’ $26, available at Illamasqua.
Ka’Oir, Lipstick in ‘Baby Bleu,’ $16.99, available at Ka’Oir.
Lime Crime, New Yolk City Opaque Lipstick, $5.60, available at Dolls Kill.
Lipstick Queen, Ice Queen, $24, available at Lipstick Queen.
MAC, Lipstick in ‘Violetta,’ $17, available at MAC Cosmetics.
Make Up For Ever, Rouge Artist Intense Color Lipstick in ‘Satin Black,’ $20, available at Make Up For Ever.
Nicka K, Vivid Matte Lipstick in ‘Sky Blue,’ $3.99, available at Beauty Plus Salon.
NYX, Matte Lipstick in ‘Haze,’ $6, available at NYX.
Sephora + Pantone Universe, Color Of The Year Matte Lipstick in ‘Serenity,’ $18, available at Sephora.
Surratt Beauty, Prismatique Lips in ‘Cultive 3,’ $36, available at Net-a-Porter.
Winky Lux, White Rabbit Matte Lip Color, $14, available at Winky Lux.
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, Rouge Pur Couture 58 in ‘Luminous Mauve,’ $37, available at Barneys.
ColourPop, Lippie Stix in ‘Charm,’ $5, available at ColourPop.