Brilliant Bright Lips Make A Statement On Spring 2012 Runways

Bright lips for Spring 2012 at Betsey Johnson, Richard Chai, and J.Crew during New York Fashion Week.
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There's only one word that accurately describes how we feel about the bold, bright lips on the Spring 2012 runways of New York Fashion Week: obsessed. Fall is barely upon us, yet after taking in the looks at Betsey Johnson, Richard Chai, and J.Crew, we have a sudden urge to run to the nearest makeup counter, buy lipstick in the most ridiculously vivid colors imaginable, and smear it all over our puckers. Clearly, the key to pulling off this look is to keep the rest of your face simple and understated, unless you're Nicki Minaj or you just don't friggin' feel like it.

Betsey Johnson debuted a dazzling candy-colored pink lip that, despite the presence of dramatic, fluttering lashes and a single shoulder-grazing lightning bolt earring, totally dominates the face. This is not—we repeat, NOT—a lip color we'd recommend for a wallflower. Richard Chai's Avatar-esque blue lip is equally intense, but since it's offset by barely there makeup it manages to avoid looking like a Na'vi wannabe. However, the most wearable (though no less outstanding) pout of all is likely J.Crew's shocking matte orange shade. Against a backdrop of slicked-back hair with a center part and enviably luminous skin, the brilliant poppy-colored lips take center stage. Preppy perfection.


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