Watermelons, bubblegum, antacids, lemonade, panthers, Floyd, Victoria's Secret Angels-in-training campaigns, cotton candy, and Wednesdays all, strangely enough, share a common denominator: they're best when pink. You can wax poetic on the perfect red lip until Guy Bourdin's ghost appears in the reflection of your makeup mirror (which is what happens—try it, it's terrifying and awesome and you'll get some great tips), but show some appreciation to the lip color that Mother Nature intended. And by that I mean pump up your natural shade by enhancing it, or completely lacquering it over, in some of the best pink lipsticks out there in makeup land. We picked 20:
For a powdery sheer finish: Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer, Paradiso (ed. note: shade has since sold out, but Incorrigible is very similar, slightly more red.)
Hot pink, subdued: La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Colour, Geranium
Straight-up fuchsia: Stila Color Balm Lipstick, Betsey
Frost for grown-ups: La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Colour, Pink Quartz
A buttery feel with lots of coverage: Stila Color Balm Lipstick, Amelia
Neon: Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon, Kumquat
Pretty much red, with a high-gloss finish: Dior Addict Fluid Stick, Wonderland
If Barbie were human: Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick, Pink Cloud
A subtle, nude-ish shimmer: Revlon Super Lustrous Pearl Lipstick, _Ipanema Beach _[atte dusty rose: Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick, Pink Pout
A sheer, glossy watermelon: Maybelline Color Elixir, Captivating CarnationFlammably hot: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Tumultuous PinkMr. Bubble bottle: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick, InfamousPink powdered donut: NYX Butter Lipstick, Cotton CandySweet raspberry: NYX Butter Lipstick, Sweet TartCreamy nude: MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick, DreaminessFresh salmon: MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick, Elegant AccentIf “Tickle Me Pink' were melted into a lipstick: MAC Amplified Lipstick, Chatterbox
Your natural lip, but pinker: Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick, Sky Pink
Fully-committed-to-pink pink: MAC Matte Lipstick, Candy Yum Yum
Additions? Also, did you know that you can post pink-lipsticked selfies below in the comments?
Photos by Annie Kreighbaum and Deja Turner.