Bright Lips!

April showers bring May flowers!  As Mother Nature blooms with bright pinks, purples, oranges and reds, it’s time for us to start integrating these fun colors into our makeup routine.  One of the easiest ways to add a pop of color to your look is to wear a bright lipstick.  I love bright lipstick because it looks great on everyone, and you can achieve this look on a budget.


Find Your Color

I have some lip color suggestions listed below based on skin color; however, if you find a color that you love – rock it!  Bright lips are all about having fun, and adding a flirty pop of color to your look.  There is no wrong color, just find a shade that you love and wear it with confidence.

Finding your undertone:  If you have pink, red or bluish undertones you are “cool”.  If you have yellow or golden undertones you are “warm”.  If you have a mix of warm and cool undertones with some green you are “olive”.  And, if you are an even mix of warm and cool undertones you are “neutral”.

Dark Cool

Dark with Cool Undertones: Pick colors with cool (pink/blue) undertones, such as deep berry, rich purple or blue based reds.  For the best brightening effect, pick colors that don’t have much white in them.

  • Lipstick Pick: Fashion Fair Lipstick in Sangria
  • Where to Buy: Fashion Fair, Macys
  • Price: $16.00

Medium Cool

Medium with Cool Undertones:  Colors with slight blue undertones, such as pure red and brick red, work well with medium cool skin.

  • Lipstick Pick: Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in Matte Bright Red
  • Where to Buy: Sephora
  • Price: $20.00 

Light Coool

Light Skin with Cool Undertones:  Bright colors with blue undertones, such as neon pink, compliment light cool skintones.

  • Lipstick Pick:  MAC Cosmetics Girl About Town
  • Where to Buy: MAC Cosmetics
  • Price: $16.00

Dark Warm

Dark with Warm Undertones:  Any bright color works well with warm dark skin, so, take this opportunity to play with your lip color!  Try fuchsia or red candy apple.

  • Lipstick Pick: Too Faced La Crème Lipstick in Fuchsia Pink
  • Whre to Buy: Sephora
  • Price: $22.00

Medium Warm

Medium with Warm Undertones:  Bright yellow based colors, such as bright coral, really pop on medium warm skin.

  • Lipstick Pick: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya
  • Where to Buy: Sephora, NARS
  • Price: $25.00

Light Warm

Light Skin with Warm Undertones:  Orange based red or dark coral colors look beautiful with light warm skin.

  • Lipstick Pick:  Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 – Pure Colour Satiny Radiance in Le Orange
  • Where to Buy: Sephora
  • Price: $35.00 at


Olive (Medium with Yellow Green Undertones): To compliment olive skin, stick with warm colors with a golden hue such as orangey red or tangerine.

  • Lipstick Pick: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Mandarin
  • Where to Buy: Ulta
  • Price: $20.00 at

Best Bang for Your Buck

I’m always searching for great products at friendly prices.  Luckily, finding a bright lipstick doesn’t have to take a big toll on your wallet.  Below are a few of my favorite lipsticks for under $10.

Lipstick Picks:

  • NYX Matte Lipstick – With its creamy texture, strong pigments and matte finish, this lipstick is a great deal ($6.00 at
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Creamy texture mixed with strong pigments make this very accessible lipstick a go-to ($4.19 at
  • Boots No.7 Moisture Drench Lipstick – Moisturizing and long lasing, this lipstick is a steal ($9.99 at

Written by: Lynn Yee is a freelance makeup artist who resides in San Francisco, California and services the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Honolulu.  With 10 years of makeup artistry experience, Lynn has worked as a makeup artist for weddings, special events, television, fashion, and photography.  Lynn graduated from the University of Southern California and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  Her business acumen combined with her love for makeup artistry uniquely position her to identify the best beauty products at the right prices and to share effective beauty tips and tricks.

Makeup Trends from Fall 2013

Winter. It’s that time of year when the temperature drops and instead of rocking sundresses and sandals, we contemporary professional stylistas find ourselves bundling up in fierce coats, luxurious sweaters, and bodacious booties.  And while our winter wardrobe is good to go, what about the make-up? There’s no way we can walk around with summery orange and turquoise nails when we’re rocking burgundy knit dresses and cute, leather black skirts; that’s a fashion no-no! If you’re up to speed on the current Fall and Winter looks, you’ll know that some of the hottest make-up trends for Fall/Winter 2013 include berry-stained lips, a well groomed brow, smoky eyes, and seductive red nails. Curious? Scroll down for more info on how to match your new make-up look to your favorite winter outfit.

Berry-Stained Lips

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Some of this season’s hottest fashion shows, including Lanvin, Christian Dior, and Vera Wang, all featured models wearing a berry, or wine-stained lip. Like all things in life, the key to wearing a berry-stained lip is to find the shade that works for you. Plan on wearing a berry lip to the office? You might want to stay away from anything too dark or gothic looking. Are you headed out for a night on the town with your best girlfriends or that cutie from Accounting? You’ve got my permission to try a lip that’s a little more sultry, sexy, and alluring like the one featured above. Just remember: dark berry tones work best with a nude eye, so if you’re working a dramatic lip, be sure to tone down your other make-up choices.

Bold Brows

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Bold brows never go out of style. This winter, it’s all about a brow that does not need to be penciled in, thinned out, or altered in any way. You can rock a well-brow with minimal make-up or with a little something extra and still look amazing. If you’re hesitant about your brows or feel like they’re thick, honey, they’re not. Just be sure to use a brow brush (we like the  in the morning and you’re on your way.

Seductive Red Nails


This season, there’s a return to glamour, luxuriousness, and a sort of classic refinement which seems to have gone ignored in past seasons. As we’ve witnessed with the spring and summer nail trends, Fall/Winter 2013 is still all about color; the only difference is that there’s a shift away from pastels and youthful colors like lilac and turquoise to a more grown woman color like oxblood or siren red. Just about every nail brand on the market has their version of what I like to call vixen red. If you’re feeling particularly daring, I recommend checking out OPI’s.

Smoky Eyes


Really, does a smoky eye ever go out of style? While I do not recommend the smoky eye for the workplace, I can promise that you will get all kinds of attention should you decide to rock this look at your next happy hour or First Friday. Beware, though: the smoky eye can be tricky. Too much smudged eyeliner will raise questions and make you look like you’re in dire need of extra sleep. If you’re struggling with perfecting the look, Bare Escentuals has a “Smoky V Eye Tutorial” that will help you perfect the look in no time!

Finished Skin

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If you care to venture back to Fall 2013 runway shows, in between drooling and sighing over the looks of Valentino, Christian Dior, and Chanel, you might have noticed that many of the models that appeared on the runway did so with finished skin. But wait, shouldn’t skin always be “finished?” Isn’t that what finishing powder is for? Yes. The tried and true finished skin look is more about your skin appearing flawless and velvety than it is about a perfect or completed look. And who doesn’t want the appearance of flawless skin?

Lindsey Bynum  is a born and bred California girl with a passion for fashion. With prior experience in social media and pr, she has returned to her first love: Writing! She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes, teaches, styles, and lusts after pretty things.