Celeb Makeup Artists’ Favorite Summer Lipsticks

Summertime and the living’s easy, but that doesn’t mean you have to totally skimp on your beauty routine. While we do encourage a fresh face to beat the heat, a makeup-free canvas is the perfect jumping-off point for a punchy lip color. To bring your warm-weather look to life, we consulted a host of celebrity makeup artists to dish on their favorite seasonal shades, from striking orangey-reds to pretty peachy-pinks.


Sealed With A Kiss

"I'm a die-hard orangey-red fan, but have been totally into French Kiss by Laura Mercier, which is a hot magenta pink in a semi-matte formula (great for summer since it looks matte but isn't drying). I've also been loving Sisley's Phyto lip twists. They're colored balms—creamy like a lipstick but shiny like a balm. I love colors #4 (hot pink), #5 (magenta) and #7 (coral). They go on super easy—you don't even need a mirror—and feel really nice."

Jenn Streicher

"In the summer I prefer a fresh look, like an easy wash of color that's hydrating. This is why I adore the Dior Addict lipstick line—the colors are beautiful, the finish is silky and they leave lips moisturized and quenched. Perfect for a hot summer day!"

Kirin Bhatty

"Although this is MAC's 'Fall' Trend Forecast palette, it's perfect for the summer. These six shades can be used with your finger to create a wash of color over your lips. I like to play and blend the colors and even tap the same shade onto the cheek for a super fresh look. The slim palette fits perfectly into a pocket or bag."

Sarah Uslan

"I love the new Tom Ford summer collection lipsticks in Le Mepris (an orangey red) and Aphrodite (a fuchsia pink). These formulas have high shine with beautiful semi-sheer coverage which is great for summer. The texture isn't glossy so it's lightweight and perfect for the heat. Plus, these two shades will look gorgeous on anyone."

Mai Quynh

"I love Heat Wave from NARS—it's a split orange/red that's perfect for summer and less serious than a blue red. It's shocking and cheeky yet sophisticated."

Quinn Murphy

"My favorite summer lipstick is Makeup Forever N52—it's the perfect soft shimmery pink. It has the most amazing texture and luminosity, plus it looks great on all skin tones. It also layers beautifully over different pencils and lip colors."

Matthew VanLeeuwen

"Ritual de Fille is my go to lip range. I love all their colors and stains and they last the day and more. Written In Blood is my favorite shade, and makes for a great lip tint."

Lucy Halperin

"Pair Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge liquid lip color in #18 Coral with Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Peach for a beautiful summery combo."

Jillian Dempsey

"I love a bright cherry stain lip for summer, like you just had a sip of Kool-Aid. Laura Mercier makes a weightless lip color called Sexy—wear it all over the lip as you normally would or add a super sheer nude lipstick over the top to give it some dimension."

Kira Nasrat