20 Hottest Lipstick Shades For 2016

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A quick look into the Spring/Summer’16 color trends by Pantone and the mood of the year is clear-it is about taking a pause to soothe and comfort the senses while at the same time, welcoming the unexpected combination of vibrant, abstract art. The trendiest colors being Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Lilac Gray, Fiesta, Iced Coffee, Green Flash, Buttercup, Limpet Shell, Snorkel Blue and Serenity. How do these beautiful hues shape the lipstick shades for 2016? Take note ladies, of the top 20 must-have lipstick colors for Spring/Summer 2016. Time to flaunt the season’s it-colors on your lips!


Almost Pastel

Almost Pastel

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We begin the list with the two trending colors of the year. ‘Sephora + Pantone Universe’ have released the soft, calming and almost pastel shades in velvety, hydrating, satin-matte texture.

  • Rose Quartz
  • Serenity

Rose Quartz

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The big question is – how to wear these gorgeous shades on the lips?

  • We recommend using the two colors in contrast with the eyes and lips
  • Rose Quartz lip color look best with dramatic eyes
  • Serenity is a statement in itself; and hence complimented best with subtle eyes
  • Combine the two shades to bring an ombre or watercolour effect

Ethereal And Romantic

Ethereal and Romantic

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Welcome the romantic and subtle looks with choices of pretty pink and peaches. Complete the look with understated eye make-up (a thin liner + mascara) and a dust of blush on the apple of the cheeks. The best lipstick shades are:

  • Nude Peach
  • Petal Pink
  • Blush Pink
  • Virtual Pink

Classic Red

Classic Red

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“When in doubt, wear red”. Classic and powerful, red is a shade that is unlikely to go out of trend. This season, the mood shifts from the moody wine hues to something more cheerful. Red with blue undertones is the top pick of the year. To wear this red, keep the rest of the face restrained with just a twirl of the mascara, a strong brow game and a dab of bronzer.

  • Cheery Red
  • Ruby Red
  • Rich Raspberry

Vintage Charm

Vintage Charm

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The trends set by the 90s style icons are back with a bang! Channel the beauty of the past era with a deep hue on the lips. Play up with dramatic eyes with fluttering lashes or downplay by going for a natural face.

  • Berry
  • Rich Plum

Bold Hearted

Bold Hearted

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The dark plums and coffee get an even more dramatic take with undertones of violets, lavender and blue. Flawless face and sleek hair is how you these edgy lips right.

  • Dark purple/violet/plum
  • Pink violet
  • Dark Raisin
  • Black honey

Tangy Punch

Tangy Punch

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The almost gothic shades get a punch of freshness and energy with vibrant hues of orange. Wear this fun pop of color on your lips and give the rest of the face a breather.

  • Cantaloupe
  • Tawny coral
  • Mandarin orange/Tangerine

Neon Attention

Neon Attention

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The tangy hues get brighter and bolder with a splash of neon. It instantly grabs attention and gives the face a radiant glow. These neon lips demand that the face and eyes be downplayed.

  • Fluorescent Orange
  • Vivid Fuchsia

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  • Do you love matte lipsticks? This year, it’s not just matte but marvellously ultra matte. Get ready to splurge on liquid lip-colors that get super-duper matte on the lips or a highly pigmented lipstick with a next-level formula that is hydrating yet gives a dry matte look
  • With gloss, it is sheer textures that give a soft, barely-there effect
  • Give credit to the Star Wars obsession or not, but inter galactic lips through metallic, frosty colors is totally in-vogue

Big thanks to the gorgeous Lupita Nyong’o for delighting make-up lovers with her glistening sapphire blue lips at the premiere of Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Yes, blue lips are a huge trend right now. If you love daring and bold looks, these metallic blue lips are a must-try.

Evidently, lips are in focus with the latest beauty trends. ‘Strobing’ lips with two color tones are a huge rage. This time, why not choose the lip-color first and then play with the rest of the face? Compliment with subtle eye-makeup – just a thin liner and mascara. For eye-shadows, try a dust of gold/silver.

Author Biography
Nivedita Longjam Nivedita is a fashion designer, freelance writer and a computer enthusiast. She believes in the 'Zen' teachings of life that sadly, goes out the window half the time. For the remaining half, a warm cup of tea and the company of good books, good music and her adorable pets help her stay Zen like.

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