Some things are just meant to go together. When we think of our favourite warm weather pairings, a few come to mind: Crisp white jeans and denim jackets. Bronzed, glowy skin and beachy waves. A glass of rosé and a lobster roll (yum!). When we met up with costume designer and celebrity stylist Negar Ali Kline recently in sunny Los Angeles, another power couple came to mind: sunglasses and lipsticks.
"Sunglasses are such a key piece of your summer look. Likewise, your lipstick shade. I like thinking about how the two can complement each other,” says Negar. Of course, we had to ask her to show us her favourite shade-stick styles. And, don’t worry. If, like us, you have trouble deciding which one you like best…the good news is that you have 93 days of summer to swipe-rock-repeat.
Look 1: Modern Classic
Tortoiseshell sunglasses, like these from Lafont, are the equivalent to your favourite white button-down shirt—they go with everything. Anything but basic, tortoiseshell is a classic that can be combined with any lip look. We particularly love the way Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Bare Pop, a velvety nude, plays up their soft feel. “The look is incredibly chic and cool, and mixed with the chambray shirt, it gives a slight nod to the ’70’s,” says Negar.
Look 2: Retro Chic
“A cat-eye frame, like this one by Garrett Leight x Clare V., paired with the bright, punchy lip gives an Old Hollywood Glamour vibe that is very fresh and modern right now,” says Negar. Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Poppy Pop is the perfect coral with a demi-matte finish.
Look 3: Casual Cool
“Typically when you wear a bright colour in one part of your look, you are taught to pare down the others,” says Negar. “In this case, these matte blue Sicky sunglasses combined with a glossy pink lip totally works,” says Negar. Goes to show you, some rules are meant to be broken. Our model is wearing Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer in Sweetie Pop.
Look 4: Polished Prep
Don't feel like you have to plan your entire outfit, even your lipstick, around a pair of statement sunglasses. “A red lipstick would be too matchy-matchy with these oversized red frames by Sicky. Opting for a mauve lip colour makes for a more polished look,” says Negar. Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer in Love Pop subtly enhances your lip’s natural colour and adds just the right amount of shine.