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How To Rock Bold Lip Colors.

Ready for a new statement lip look? Our boldest lip colors are here and these shades promise not to disappoint both in how they feel on your lips as well as the intensity of the color.

How To Rock Bold Lip Colors.

You Can Rock A Bold Lip

The days of doubting whether full lips can rock orange or plum are over. In fact, we just talked to New York celebrity makeup artist T.Cooper and she thinks lipstick will be the beauty statement of 2022. “Many women haven’t been wearing lipsticks because of masks, but with more events taking place, and people becoming more social once again, I think we’ll see nice, bold lips,” she shared backstage at NYFW.  If you're new to this, we got you! Winter is the perfect time for a bold lip, so here's a quick guide for creating a striking lip look that makes a statement and is totally unique to you.

Lipstick Is Self-Expression

When we think of iconic lip looks on Black women, our minds immediately go to queens like Tracee Ellis Ross, Naomi Campbell and Ryan Destiny, to name a few. What these women all have in common is that they don't let the lipstick wear them—they wear the lipstick. They are perfect examples of how lip color is a powerful form of creative self-expression. Whether it’s a bright orange lip worn on zoom or a subtle pink gloss swiped on for a first date, when it comes to lip looks, you don't have to box yourself in. Remember most women look wonderful in many different shades.

Five Statement Lip Shades

Want to know what we're reaching for? Here are five lipsticks in statement shades we're loving right now. This is the perfect time to try something new!

Hot pink Lip Gloss

We love impactful, color-rich glosses. Our COLORSPLURGE™ High Shine Lip Gloss in Jam Session is the perfect way to leave a lasting impression. This non-sticky, highly pigmented gloss levels up lips with an intense shine that keeps lips luscious and moisturized. Our innovative long-wearing formula ensures your color stays without feeling sticky.

We especially love to pair this color with our TRUE COLOR® Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation for a poreless, flawless finish. The dewy foundation meets gloss combo is a bright, radiant way to transition your day from work to play.

For some, our COLORSPLURGE™ Liquid Matte Lipstick in Amethyst might feel like an unexpected choice. But don't knock it until you've tried it. This sultry purple is beautiful on darker skin tones. The fade-proof liquid lip formula is rich not just in color but in impact, offering a velvety matte finish that will last for hours. To further define your lips, pair it with BLK/OPL Precision Lip Definer in Woodlawn.

 If you're feeling luxe, the shades in our Fairy Glamuva – 6 Well Eyeshadow Palette top off your look with a dreamy, moody, memorable eye.

Our go-to red is sexy sangria, the chic cousin to the ever-classic red but makes a statement all its own. Our COLORSPLURGE™ Risque Matte Lipstick is built to last. Infused with sunflower oil, it's formulated to keep your lips hydrated, lush, plump, and velvety smooth all day long. Here's a multi-use hack: Double up and use your lipstick as a blush to give your cheeks a rosy, flirty look. Just swipe it on your fingertips and press the color onto the apples of your cheeks.  

There is  a reason people are obsessed with a classic red. For some, it's an elevated special occasion look. For others, it's an everyday staple. Our COLORSPLURGE™ Risqué Crème Lipstick in C-Suite is the ultimate statement-making red for all skin tones. The long-lasting crème formula is highly moisturizing and designed to last well into the night. 




Lipstick should be a fun form of self-expression—not something to fear. And sometimes, when you think you can't carry a shade, it's just because you haven't found the right hue for your unique undertone. (And not, because you can't wear red!)


When it comes to choosing the right color for your skin tone, T.Cooper says trying different shades and getting a sense of how they look on your skin is key. “Lipstick is such a personal thing,” she explains. “ I always recommend trying on different shades and seeing how you feel about them. Two different women can be wearing the same shade, one will hate it, and one will love it, that’s just how it goes. The only way to find your perfect lip is to play.”


 Our Virtual Try On  is your best friend. Try on different shades from the comfort of home, and don't be afraid to be bold! On our website from your phone or computer you will be able to try on as many shades as you like from the comfort of your home. You might be surprised at how good you look in shade that you have not tried before. Have fun with it!

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