Spring 2011 Beauty Trend: Bright Lips

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Bright lips on the Jil Sander, Diane von Furstenberg and Marni Spring 2011 runways.

Considering Fall 2010’s drop-dead-red lipstick, minimalist face, and greige nail polish, beauty appeared to be taking itself pretty seriously. Fast-forward to Spring 2011, which brings a refreshing wave of bright color and fun, flirty styles to makeup and hair. Day-Glo lips were one of the biggest beauty trends of the season, lifting the mood at every show in which they starred.

Take Marc by Marc Jacobs—a launching pad for all things young, cool and beautiful. There, makeup artist Dick Page chose a vibrant orange lip to complement the ’70s-style collection (the shade: Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Day Lily). The effect was carefree, upbeat, and so right after a winter of grown-up, red-lipsticked glamour.

At Diane von Furstenberg, the mouth was a bright, matte fuchsia. James Kaliardos, who did the makeup, likened it to a Warhol silk-screened lip. Perfect description, though at first glance we saw Barbie pink. Either way, it was both fun and exotic—two qualities we’d admire in anyone, in any look.

Even at the typically sober Jil Sander show, makeup artist Peter Philips showed a shocking pink pout, while at Marni Tom Pecheux went for a tangerine shade that looked good enough to eat.

How to pull it off: Bright lip color works when it looks fresh, young and spontaneous. Keep eye makeup and blush minimal—the effect should be nonchalant (otherwise, it veers too ’80s glamazon). Even the pros were breezy about it.

“Have fun and play with color!” says Page. “Think of it as an accessory, a decoration, a unique expression of self.”