Which tropical drink best complements a coral gloss? These are the serious types of questions we ponder this carefree time of year. Thirsty for some answers, we matched up some of our favorite summertime lip shades with their cocktail soul mates.
Cynthia Rowley’s long-lasting Creamy Lip Stain in Sugar is equal parts playful and polished.
A bubbly yet fuss-free tipple if ever there was one, the French 75 pairs champagne with a splash of gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
Sydney-based ModelCo’s SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss in Showgirl Red delivers a punch of femme fatale-worthy color that stays put for hours.
What else would a seductively red-lipped lady sip but a dirty martini, a killer combination of gin, vermouth, and olive juice—stirred, not shaken.
Pre-Dame, the New York-based makeup party service, recently launched creamy, matte-finish lipsticks exclusively through Birchbox —and we’re already smitten with Costa, a beachy coral that goes on sheer, but can be layered for a bolder effect.
We can’t think of a drink that says sea and sand more than a Mai Tai, the potent rum concoction made with lime juice, and orange curacao.
The Bazooka-pink saturated shade of Smashbox’s Be Legendary lipstick in Pout, infused with shea butter, reminds us of our carefree, gum-snapping youth.
Channel your inner 21 year old with a Fuzzy Navel. The mix of peach schnapps and orange juice is low on alcohol and high on fun.
The Balm Cosmetics Stainiac for lips and cheeks adds a hint of tint, so you can rock a magenta like Beauty Queen while still keeping your look easy breezy.
Lighten up your drink order, too, with a red wine spritzer that puts a summertime twist on your favorite merlots and cabs.
Laura Mercier’s Lip Glacé in Plum Noir delivers high-octane shine in a shade that conjures up sultry nights and live jazz.
Named for New Orleans’ French Quarter, the Vieux Carre is an equally heady mix of rye, cognac, vermouth, and Benedictine, an herbal liqueur made from plants, roots, and spices.
A tinted lip balm with hydrating mango butter, Benefit’s Posiebalm isn’t flashy, but it will give you soft, poppy-hued lips.
In its simplest incarnation, the daiquiri is a bright blend of rum, lime, and sugar that, like the Posiebalm, is modest but makes a statement.
Jouer’s Moisturizing Lip Gloss has a gorgeous sheen that adds instant glamour—especially our favorite hue, Birchbox Pink. The color goes on sheer, but can be layered for even more impact.
A white wine and Campari aperitif, the Bicyclette has the same signature hue. Club soda and a lemon twist give this cocktail just the right dash of glitz.
Some summer days call for extra sparkle. For those moments, we turn to W3LL PEOPLE’s Paganist Lipgloss in Gold Twinkle. The non-tacky formula adds a hint of shimmer, while moisturizing lips with organic aloe.
Ok, so there’s nothing organic about a Moscow Mule, but a shot of vodka and a splash of lime juice elevate ginger beer to something pretty sparkly.
Freelance writer, travel junkie, ex-Southerner with a love of grits and all things fried.