Lips are making a comeback as the ‘great unmasking’ takes shape across the United States. Just in time for summer, the perfect pout is all about color; and the brighter, the better!

The pandemic has created tons of new and interesting obsessions; families on TikTok, online schooling for youngsters, and singletons making their first foray into baking bread. 

But perhaps the most impactful revelation is a new appreciation for lips. Seeing someone’s smile (in person) currently feels like experiencing fireworks on every holiday all at once. Glossy or matte, pink or red (or even a combination), try it all because yes, beautiful people, LIPS are IN! 

Over the past year, lips were all but forgotten. In fact, lipstick sales plummeted around the world while eye makeup became as coveted as paper products. While we are all for a strong eye look, the lips are finally taking center stage once again. This isn’t a battle of mask on or off, its truly a wakeup call that your lips could always use some love. With the number of vaccinations increasing and restrictions lifting, it’s time to take those beauty trends you’ve been trying into the great wide world. We are so excited we will be sharing our favorite lip tips all season long. Let those lips make a statement and have some fun!

Summer is calling for color. Put away your nudes and neutrals and let the bright corals and vibrant pinks take center stage (try 3 Graces' Radiant Lip Gloss in Coral and True Pink for a bold pigment that hydrates and plumps your lips). Playful tones and bright pops of warm colors are going to flourish this season, especially with a matte texture.

“Try blotting a little concealer on top of your lip for the perfect matte,” says 3 Graces Founder and world-renowned makeup artist Colleen Kirk. “It’s a simple trick that will give your lips that sexy, retro look.”  

Pair with a bold brow and glowy skin for the beauty look of the season. Not comfortable with the bold style of a bright lip, try combining a pink lip gloss with a rose-toned eyeshadow. This go-to favorite of celebs will have your face looking naturally glam without making too colorful a statement.

Try 3 Graces Hydrating Radiant Gloss with lip treatment in Pink Nude for a neutral pink with a blast of yummy goodness your lips will love. No matter how bright your lips go, the most important part of any lip is to prep. Sluff off the dead skin cells (yes, we just went there) with a good lip scrub filled with Pure Organic Cane Sugar and Organic Moringa Oil. Follow it up with a good repair balm like 3 Graces Hydrating Lip Savior Treatment, full of botanical ingredients like Sesame Extract that blurs the fine lines in the lips. 

A simple lip routine is the key to rocking the perfect lip no matter what trend you’re trying. Be bold this summer and indulge in the freedom of a mask-free face. We are calling for a season of smiles, framed with the color of summer.