All of Spring’s Best Lipsticks from the Oscars + How to Wear Them
The Oscars hit at the exact time when we start switching up our beauty game from winter to spring. So we’re always thrilled when celebs tune into the upcoming breezy season with makeup to match, giving us the inspo we need for our quarter-year kit overhaul. And at this year’s Academy Awards, boy did they. Still heard around the Brit + Co office are remarks about Margot Robbie’s perfect-for-date-night red lip and Chrissy Teigen’s unexpectedly gorg jump to the dark side that has us wanting a cherry cola-colored pout. Shop those spring-ready shades and more below, including Anna Kendrick’s ballerina pink lip color and Emma Stone’s peachy pucker. For each look, we’ve picked one that’s-the-one boutique option and one drugstore lookalike for less than $10 so you can get a red carpet-worthy pout this spring on any budget.
Nothing says “spring’s fiiiiinally here!” more than Emma’s creamy coral pout. Well, maybe except dewy-beyond-belief skin and flushed cheeks to complete the look [adds notes to spring beauty checklist]. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
1. NARS Lipstick in Niagara ($27): A covetable, creamy finish is yours with this pink-coral lipstick that’s enriched with vitamin E to help keep that color intact from desk to date.
2. Maybelline ColorSensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in Peach Poppy ($8): You’re guaranteed bright color with this high-pigmented lipstick. A velvety feel too — this ‘stick is formulated with nourishing honey oil.
Anna Kendrick’s Ballerina Pink
Princess lips are possible this season — just take a cue from Anna Kendrick, whose choice of petal pink lipstick is soft and feminine without looking too girly girl. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
3. Too Faced La Crème Lipstick in Marshmellow Bunny ($22): This satin pink lipstick (with the cutest name ever) is made with a super moisturizing formula for a smooth-on application. But the rich pigment will make this a makeup kit fave.
4. e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Pink Umbrellas ($2): The color of this jojoba-rich lip gloss stick is totally buildable, making this $2 gloss one of the most versatile ways to paint your lips pink.
Naomi Watt’s Shimmering Merlot
Naomi’s wine-colored lip for spring might be the most major beauty revelation of the season. See how her moody lip gives soft pastels like the mint green in her dress an edgier feel? Consider that your new fashion girl palette. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
5. Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipstick in Golden Dragon ($25): This elegant, sheer lipstick not only leaves a glistening finish, but it enhances fullness with its moisture-packed formula.
6. Maybelline SuperStay 24 2-Step Lipcolor in Everlasting Wine ($10): Glide on this long-lasting lip color that takes the phrase “wine stained” very seriously with its promise to stay smooth, balanced and put all day.
Lupita Nyongo’o’s Metallic Marsala
The red carpet’s most buzzed-about It girl shows just how effortlessly marsala, the earthy Pantone-branded Color of the Year, can upstage your go-to red lip even at the most glamorous of events. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
7. Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte Lip Gloss in Saharienne ($32): This lightweight gloss promises a radiant shine with just a hint of shimmer to kick up the flirty factor of this next-level neutral.
8. Kiss My Face Sheer Organic Shimmer Lip Gloss in Garnet ($5): Add an earthy glaze to your pout with this lip gloss that protects and repairs lips with vitamins A and E. If that doesn’t seal the deal, the vanilla-mint scent will.
Jennifer Hudson’s Jolly Rancher Grape
Jennifer opted for both a costume and makeup change for her Oscar night performance, and her fierce purple lip deserves a standing O. Don’t just think this color is reserved for the stage: a pinky-plum hue will add an unexpected pop to your LBD like never before. (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty)
9. Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Plum ($16): Make this almost-fuchsia hue your new go-to way to add a pop of color to your look. Trust us: the matte finish on this long-wear lipstick will keep the offbeat color from looking overly theatrical.
10. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless ($7): Made with shea, mango and coconut butters, this moisture-packed lip crayon delivers a luxe, velvety color — an essential trait for a shade this statement making.
Gina Rodriguez’s Pale Nude
Gina proves that pale can be really pretty with an ultra light nude lip color that makes her pucker glow. How’s that for understated? (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
11. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Blush Nude ($50): For fully luminous nude lips, look no further. This ultra-creamy lipstick is made with specially treated pigments that keep the color vivid so that your lips don’t ever appear bare, plus exotic moisturizing ingredients.
12. Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs Lip Color in Truffle Tease ($8): Glide on this true flesh-tone lipstick for amped-up natural color and a luxe finish thanks to hydrating lanolin oil.
Margot Robbie’s Orange-y Red
Move over, classic red lip. Margot’s fiery red pucker is a refreshing take on the timeless look that’s made for spring date nights — get the full tutorial for how to get her look here. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
13. Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28): “Pop of color” might be an understatement with this honey-infused lip color stick that makes the bold, ain’t-going-nowhere color appear even brighter.
14. Ulta Lipstick in Coral Glow ($8): This rich coral lipstick is made with shea butter to keep the finish creamy and the feel silky smooth.
Chrissy Teigen’s Cherry Coke
Chrissy schools us on how to wear dark lipstick without looking goth, and we’re taking all of the notes, from pairing that almost-black red lip with spring’s faintest colors to going ultra glam with your hairdo. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
15. Stilla Color Balm Lipstick in Bridgitte ($22): This hybrid is a best-of-both-worlds product, delivering the high impact color of a lipstick with the nourishment of a balm. That means even though this dark shade may look heavy, it will feel the exact opposite.
16. Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in Wine and Forever ($9): Help your vampy pout stay fresh from that fist sip of coffee through your date night dinner with this lightweight product that promises 14 hours of rich color.
Zoe Saldana’s Frosty Pink
Ethereal, delicate and just soooo ’90s, Zoe’s frosted red carpet lip was a Clueless-freak’s dream (so us for sure). Leave the grungy feel for fall: this spring, channel your inner Cher Horowitz with these shimmering pink lipsticks. (Photo via Fazer Harrison/Getty)
17. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Washed Seashell ($26): This silky lipstick delivers a soft shimmer that’s meant to last all day. Packed with shea butter and other skin conditioners, try this instead of your go-to balm.
18. NYX Cosmetics Round Case Lipstick in Baby Pink ($4): Own that frosted lip look with this high-shine, smudge-proof lipstick that glides on like a velvety dream.
Carmen Ejogo’s Deep Fuchsia
Let’s face it: winter’s berry hues just aren’t as fun as a full-on fuchsia. Carmen shows us how to wear the bold color with class by keeping your eyes simple and your cheeks deeply blushed. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
19. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Swinger ($21): Command attention with this vivid lipstick that promises full coverage plus a gentle plumping effect you just can’t say no to.
20. 2B Colours Lipstick Fuchsia in Fuchsia Crush ($8): This lipstick packs an eye-popping color that’s impossible to miss.
Anna Faris’s Brut Champagne
Anna’s glistening rose gold lipstick might be the most luxe way to wear the nude lip trend. The metallic-tinged neutral is basically a glam enhancement of what you’re already workin’ with. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
21. Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Bare Naked ($25): Wear this high-shine gloss on its own for a gentle luster, or layer it on top of a solid neutral hue to create an expensive-looking dimensional pout.
22. Palladio Tinted Lip Balm in Champagne ($4): The rose gold shimmer isn’t the only thing going for this tinted lip balm: it’s formulated with natural UV filters that protect your pucker from the sun.
Keira Knightley’s Antique Rose
Look immediately refined with a rose lipstick like Keira Knightley, who’s starring as our minimal makeup muse for spring. It’s a fuss-free shade that will work for literally any occasion, from your fanciest cocktail party to a weeknight out with the girls. (Photo via Fazer Harrison/Getty)
23. Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Lacewood ($31): This SPF-enhanced lipstick helps your lips look smoother and fuller with just one swipe, leaving a stain-like finish that will last for hours.
24. NYX Cosmetics Simply Pink Lip Cream in Enchanted ($7): This lip cream stick delivers glossy glide-on color that’s the definition of pretty.
What Oscars night lipstick color was your favorite? Tell us which shades you’ll be wearing this spring in the comments below.
Artist Dev Heyrana On How Bravery, Resilience and Sunshine Influence Her Work
Ever meet someone who you feel immediate kinship with on a deep almost spiritual level? That is legit every person's experience upon meeting Dev Heyrana, the star of this edition of Creative Crushin'. A fine artist, hip hop dance teacher and constant collaborator, Dev's particular brand of creativity is one-of-a-kind. She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who has benefitted from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness. We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did!), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day so I could speak at a conference. Dev said yes! And for those that know her, none of these serendipitous moments are surprising.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe.
Anjelika Temple: First, foundations. Where did you grow up? What is your heritage? What did you study in school? Where do you live now?
Dev Heyrana: Born in The Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. Me and my family are from the island of Cebu and I'm a proud Cebuana. My childhood in the Philippines felt like freedom. I had my swimsuit in my backpack for whenever we decided to swim and I biked everywhere.
Immigrating here at 9 yrs old was a transition, to say the least. My parents had big dreams but the move was heavy on them. It wasn't easy. I had to grow up fast. I took care of my sisters while my parents worked night shifts. By the age of 12 I would cook dinner and get my sisters ready for bed. Something I didn't realize was that kids my age didn't do those things until I got older. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think this is really when art played a big role in my life. It was something I could escape in and always felt healing.
I witnessed racism towards my family and didn't know how to make sense of it. These events left a mark. I was a quiet kid and observed everything and everyone around me. I think about my grandparents, Lolo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. When I make decisions. As hard as it feels, you have two choices, do you let it take you down or take it one step at a time forward. I kept going and it really shaped me as to why I am the way I am today.
I studied Fine Arts at The Corcoran in DC. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School. He was retiring and wore a Hawaiian shirt every day during my senior year. He was a curmudgeon and I felt incredibly special since out of everyone in the school he really believed in me. As grumpy as he seemed to the class, he would tell me things like "Go into the other studio and break some glass, then put it on a canvas." He's the reason why my abstract pieces have elements like clay and sand in them.
I've had incredible mentors and all were teachers. Mr. Giles in High School and Christine George in College. Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because "D.C. is no place for an artist like you." She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family. I've never had anyone tell me anything like that before.
I took a chance because of her. Moved and went to Design School in 2006 and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life.
Anj: You are one of those magical human beings that has figured out how to be a full-time artist. What was your career path like before you were able to dive fully into your creative passions?
Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts. A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. Even then I worked three jobs to be able to get through it. Hard work is ingrained in me.
With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco. I appreciated the security of having a career in Graphic Design. I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. Even then, I never stopped painting.
A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health. I dealt with six surgeries in one year and I still have to do some follow-up ones. That experience almost broke me and what got me through was my family and painting in bed while I recovered.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. So I made a two year plan. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out. I put myself out there as an Artist while I still worked in Design. After a year I worked part time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I loved it, to be creative as an Artist and as a Designer. I looked at 2018 as my year to make the jump. If my work as an Artist balances out with my salary then I would quit in the Summer of 2019. And so here we are. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
Anj: What do you love about painting? How do you feel when you're in a creative flow state?
Dev: Like every part of me is free. Free to express myself through the stroke of my hand. How all of it leads back to my heart. These elements I use to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process.
It centers me and reminds me that the process is just like the life we lead. I know I still have so much more to learn but while I'm painting no matter how it's going, I'll embrace this moment.
Anj: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work. Talk to me more about how your roots inspire your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Lolo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness. I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things. I still imagine him walking beside me often, carrying his teachings as I find my way in this world.
Nature and the Sun drive my pieces. My abstract works are fragments of moments. Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time.
I see earth in our skin and especially when I paint people. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients. I imagine the Sun piercing through these women I depict. I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. I want to celebrate all of it.
This is the beauty of Art, I am able to paint exactly how I see it.
Anj: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work. How has motherhood changed your approach to creating artwork?
Dev: Everything. I was still deep in my Design Career and I would paint at home. One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. "This is my mom, she's an Artist." It struck me that my toddler knew who I was more than I knew myself. That's really when I really owned it. I am more fearless because of my girls.
I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice. I am more in tune how I speak about myself because of them. When I paint these women I want to celebrate them. I notice how I embrace myself is translated in my paintings.
Anj: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity?
Dev: I don't have a lot of guidelines set up. I'll say "Let's draw the biggest fish we can draw" or "how many silly lines can we make" and I let them lead me. They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement. Watching them in their creative process is pure joy for me. Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. My advice would be that you can suggest something to start it off but be open to how they take it. It is such a beautiful window into their minds.
Anj: Shifting gears to HIP HOP DANCE! Talk to us about his component of your creative expression.
Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college. My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I got in and it was like having another family. We competed all over the East Coast, it was a blast!
I found hipline when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet. It was exactly what I needed and one of the owners asked if I was interested to teach. I've been teaching there since 2009 and am still going strong. It's a wonderful community of women. Now we're virtual and reaching clients all over.
Anj: What does a typical [pandemic] day look like for you? How does it differ from your rhythm before COVID?
Dev: I've been practicing being kinder to myself lately. Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before covid felt more chaotic to be honest. I felt like we were always rushing out the door while carrying so many bags. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day. Rowan's preschool closed down but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week.
The one thing we really try to do is go outside once a day. Have some magic in their childhood no matter how small. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window. Seeing how the girls' react to these adventures we have is pure magic.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Dev: I go outside. I go out for a hike or go to the beach. Even if it's 15 minutes, something about grounding yourself in Nature is really healing. I also do exercise where I doodle for two minutes because it feels doable. Judgment-free doodles, always opens the doorway to more.
Anj: I know firsthand that community-building is huge for you. Tell us more about what your support system and creative community looks like.
Dev: I feel a lot of love and strength when I think of my community. My relationship with my sister led the way what women supporting women looks like. It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. The way me and my sister show up for each other is why I have these amazing women in my life. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project. I feel really blessed especially looking back in my college years where I don't know where Art would take me.
Anj: When you need to give yourself a pep talk, what does it sound like?
Dev: I usually take a deep breath then say or think "One step forward". Most of the time, I'm scared (as shit) but the thought of not trying scares me more. That one step forward can be hard as hell and maybe even heartbreaking, but I have to try.