Spring is a time for the return of bright lip colors. Usually this comes in the form of punchy pinks, but an interesting twist spotted at Fashion Week this year was coral lips (as seen here from Cynthia Rowley). Before shuddering at the thought of Great Aunt Heloise's bright orange kisser ominously making its way towards your face, rest assured that the new corals are sheer, pretty and quite flattering. Plus, they look really good with a tan (from a bottle, of course).
While ladies fortunate enough to have creamy olive skin will look especially gorgeous in these shades, it is possible for other skin tones to pull it off as well. Fairer skins should lean toward coral with slightly more pink in them, while darker or tan skin is best with more reddish and orangy tones.
To complete the look, follow InStyle's advice by combining the coral lips with a golden eye shadow for an especially bold look. This can also be scaled back slightly by just adding a gold accent to the corners of the eyes, rather than covering the entire lid.
For those a little shy to try out the coral trend, stick with a sheer gloss like The Balm Balm Shelter Tinted Gloss ($19) in Girly Girl (coral shimmer) or Maybelline ShinyLicious Lip Gloss ($6) in Coral-Punch.
If your skin tone is darker or especially tan, try these more intense shades to rock the look: YSL Rouge Volupte ($34) in Orange Shiver (soft reddish orange) or Extreme Coral (bright coral red) and Boots No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Gay Geranium ($10) shown below.
Those with fairer complexions can try Cargo Botanical Lipstick ($20) in Evangeline (sheer vibrant coral cream) or Ageless (sheer tropical coral), or Cover Girl TruShine Lipstick in Coral Shine ($6) shown below.
A versatile kit that would look great on almost anyone is the mark Flip For It Spring Color Kit ($20) in Los Angeles. I'm a fan of these little compacts which contain not only the four lip colors shown below, but also two eyeshadows and a coordinating blush on the flip side.