Defend the Trend

Defend the Trend: A Bold Lip

“You’ve got lipstick on your chin.” – My husband

I have such a wonderful collection of lipsticks, glosses and pencils – the problem is that I opt to only wear nude shades (otherwise known as vaseline). This is mostly because I am unable to apply a color without it bleeding all over my face and looking like a clown. Frustrated, I huffed and puffed into Sephora to beg one of the consultants to help me with my makeup woes. The fix: lip liner. The thing about lip liner, however, is that when I think about it, I see this:

The makeup goddess explained that there are invisible lip liners that act as barriers for the color, which meant that instead of trying to match liner to each color, you can just wear the invisible stuff – mind. blown.

Now that we’ve cleared that up – go forth and embrace the bold lip ladies.

Here are a few of my favourite bold lip beauties from around the Internet:

Photo via Style Bistro

Taylor Swift is the princess of the bold red lip; she always looks flawless. She always has the most immaculate color to compliment her fair skin.

Photo via Jessica Roger

Jessica has mastered the dark lip for the fall; she can take a casual/biker look and turn it into an evening look maintaining the dark lip. I love that she isn’t afraid to try a dramatic color for daytime. I’m going to admit that she is the reason why I finally went out and bought myself a dark bold color.

Photo via Jennifer Cowan

Jennifer has made the red lip her signature – and why shouldn’t she, it suits her! If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll see that there are many photos where she’s sporting the bold lip and I love that she keeps the eyes (and rest of the face makeup) at a minimum.

Are you a fan of the bold lip? Share your favourite colors with me in the comment!


  • Dana Maria

    Do you know what color/brand you’re wearing in the picture at the top of the page? It’s gorgeous!

    • Crystal Gibson

      Dana: It is Red Square by Nars! :)

  • Catherine Elizabeth Rigdon

    Mascara and Keep Up The Flame in Maybelline’s Super Stay 24 Color. No need to stress about that lush red smearing onto the rest of your face! Or onto the faces of others!

  • Olga Müstecaplıoğlu

    best trend!

  • Penny Lane Emerson

    Bold lips with played down eyes has been a classic look since the 1920s. It takes a confident lady to carry it off and it’s not hard.–just use a mirror.

  • Annalee Sepanski

    best trend ever.

  • Jess Roger-Gobeil

    I adore you <333 Thank you for adding me to your post! I'm honored I got you to wear dark lips!! You always look so fab <33 I want your closet!!

  • Jessica Lean Landrau

    Can you recommend some clear lip liner brands? I absolutely adore the flashy red lips; I sport them often but do get insecure when my bolder stains bleed out a bit.

  • Jay Jay Cowan

    So excited to be part of the post ;D I keep coming back and reading it again and again… True I am a fame whore but a #flattered one at that!

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