Whether you want J-Lo’s dew-baby, sheer look, or to catch fire with a Lady Gaga fuchsia pink, anything goes this season. However, on sun-kissed skin, the hottest “it” colours seem to be the ultra-fruity bright orange and berry shades. Raspberry mouths are all the rage. Ladies with thinner lips love the golden mangos. Rich coral hues of all intensities are also a great summer makeup trend and a viable option if you feel you cannot carry off cherry bomb lips.

Fire-engine red lipstick is a universal stunner, and is perfect for your cheer makeup bag. It was the “go to” lipstick for Marilyn Monroe, then later for Madonna and Gwen Stefani. To name just a few, Katy Perry, Drew Barrymore, Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie are celebrating its re-emergence this year. Rihanna’s red lips and blazing hair looks amazing, but next time you see her, note how precisely defined her lipstick is. Never apply reds and other dark lip colours in a hurry. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Be careful to pair it with the exact shade of lip liner. If it’s a different shade, you may get two-toned lips. From reddest reds to neutral nudes, clear glosses to violets, have fun and mix it up, but make sure you wear some type of lip chap or moisturizer underneath your lipstick or gloss.

Melt-Proof Lip Tip: Instead of messing with liner, buy stains to stave off lipstick bleeding. Dabbing foundation or a flesh-coloured concealer to the border of the lips will also help with this issue.

Matching your lipstick with your outfit can be tricky. The interesting thing is, while makeup trends are constantly evolving, the rules for lipstick seldom do. The lipstick rule net may have widened, but wearing bright orange lipstick paired with a ruby-red top typically just looks tacky. Conversely, matching overload is never a good idea, either. There are so many nuances; it can be tricky.

The rule of thumb is to distribute your colour accents evenly. Match your lipstick with your shoes, nail polish or accessories. You can have the most expensive hairstyle, manicure, pedicure and outfit, but if your makeup is not current or worse, absent, your whole look is ruined. This year’s summer makeup trends and tips are all about balance and contrast.

Think of it like this: Balancing your summertime makeup with the rest of your look prevents you from matching from head to your pretty small shoes. Your eye makeup shouldn’t match your lipstick. If wearing bright lipstick, balance it out with tamer eye shadow shades. Contrast, such as an astonishing shade of peach lipstick worn with a black top with small peach piping, is stunning.

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Whether you want J-Lo’s dew-baby, sheer look, or to catch fire with a Lady Gaga fuchsia pink, anything goes this season. However, on sun-kissed skin, the hottest “it” colours seem to be the ultra-fruity bright orange and berry shades. Raspberry mouths are all the rage. Ladies with thinner lips...