While summer 2021 might be remembered in the beauty world as the season that colorful eye shadow reigned supreme, it’s the resurgence of lipstick that I’m more interested in. Yes, despite the reality of face masks, meaning many of us were spending more time concentrating on the makeup that goes on the upper half of our faces, once unmasked, I’ve noticed that lipstick is still very much a staple of every fashion person’s beauty routine. And this summer’s hottest lipstick colors are a delight to behold. From the revival of classic crimson to new-gen glosses, there’s a lipstick love-in happening right now. And I’m very much on board with it.
Ahead, keep scrolling for the four summer lipstick colors that everyone will be wearing, and shop my favorite formulations.
Traditionally a spring hue, pastel pink seems to be emerging later this year—perhaps, in part, a reflection of us emerging from lockdown as summer arrives. Veering from soft, powdery roses to poppier blush shades, summer’s pink lipsticks are hazy rather than bubblegum, and they work best in slippy, satin textures.
One of the biggest makeup trends of 2021 has been the matte-red lip—not that this timeless look has ever really gone anywhere, but it’s really having a moment right now. Summer’s take is a celebration of red in its brightest forms, from ripe strawberry to classic pillar-box shades. And while matte formulations traditionally have felt too dry an option for summer, the newest lipsticks on the market are comfortable enough to wear all day long.
Strictly speaking, this isn’t a color, but I can’t talk about summer lipstick trends without mentioning glosses in all their glory. Forget the glittery, holographic ’90s take on the gloss; this summer, it’s all about new-generation formulas with high-shine finishes and none of the stickiness. Peach, watermelon, and cherry hues are the order of the day for a juicy wash of color that glows on the lips.
Mauve is often written off as a shade of a bygone era, but look at any lipstick launch right now, and you’ll see a plethora of modern mauves in the mix. If brights are your bag, then opt for lilac hues, while muted neutrals with just a tinge of purple look delightfully chic. It’s unexpected, but mauve is one of my favorite summer lipstick colors right now.