10 Best Lipstick Brands

10 Best Lipstick Brands

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After 22 hours of research evaluating 118 products, we picked Burberry Lip Velvet Crush as our top choice.

We bet most women would agree that there's no better way to finish off a look than with a pop of the perfect lip color.

In fact, in a study conducted by Daily Mail, men said they are drawn to women's lips over any other facial feature. So why not accentuate your best feature with the best lipstick brand? 

Hold up a sec:

Well, maybe you have tried to jump on the lipstick bandwagon but were entirely overwhelmed by the variety of brands, formulas, and shades. Well, you're not alone. 

Here's the deal:

In order to make your search for the perfect lipstick easier, we've done the work for you—searching, reading reviews, and testing products to bring you a list of the best lipstick formulas out there.

And to sweeten the deal, we've categorized each pick to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

What's the bottom line?

And while you won't find anything on our list to help pump up your pout, if you're in search of a lip plumper to go with your new lipstick, we've got you covered there too!

Need help applying your lipstick? Check out these tips and tricks.

Why trust us: Faveable has spent thousands of hours researching, interviewing experts, and testing products to come up with carefully selected lists trusted by millions of consumers since 2013.

Best Lipstick

  • 10. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
  • 9. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
  • 8. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
  • 7. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
  • 6. Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick
  • 5. Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain
  • 4. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
  • 3. Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick
  • 2. MAC Lipstick
  • 1. Burberry Lip Velvet Crush

Best Lip Pencil

#10

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Best Lip Pencil: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Formula
8.0
Shade Variety
8.5
Staying Power
8.5
Value
8.0
Overall
83%
83 % Editor Score
82 % User Score
1,379 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Surprisingly non-drying
  • Like magic; won't crack, fade, or bleed
  • Crayon lasts much longer than expected

The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is available in a variety of vibrant colors that won't dry out your lips or end up on your teeth. Plus, it will last all day, no reapplication required.

Pretty lightweight compared to other expensive lip products, which really could be a pro or a con depending on what you prefer.

Expert Ratings

Formula

8.0 / 10

The jumbo crayon design of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil combines the application of a lipstick with the convenience of a pencil. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product. The long lasting, non-drying formula instantly saturates lips with rich pigments, is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, and sets to a gorgeous, velvety matte finish.

Shade Variety

8.5 / 10

While the collection is known for its dark reds and dimensional nudes, this product is available in a total of 31 shades from nude, to pink, to deep red. A few of our favorites include Cruella and Belle De Jour.

Staying Power

8.5 / 10

A combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. And if you do feel the need to reapply, the pencil design makes touching up a breeze.

Value

8.0 / 10

Ouch, $27 for a lip pencil is a little on the pricey side. However, a little goes a long way with this product, so it could be worse.

Overall Editor Score

8.3 / 10

Best Liquid Lipstick

#9

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Best Liquid Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Formula
8.5
Shade Variety
8.0
Staying Power
8.5
Value
8.0
Overall
83%
83 % Editor Score
84 % User Score
982 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Applies smoothly and lasts forever
  • Goes on creamy with a lip gloss applicator
  • Dries matte without feeling too heavy

Looking for the ultimate matte pout? Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick has got you covered! This creamy-matte, full-coverage lip color is perfect for anyone looking for something relatively opaque with a touch of shine! Plus, the formula is light and fast-drying, so your lips won't get that sticky feeling experienced with most glosses. 

Some reviewers report this lipstick doesn't have quite the staying power they hoped for. Also some reviewers aren't super fond of the scent and report that the gloss is a bit drying.

Expert Ratings

Formula

8.5 / 10

The creamy-matte, full coverage formula feels weightless on the lips, but is rich in color and pigmentation. Don't let that scare you though, this high quality liquid lipstick will not bleed or transfer and will stay in place for up to 6 hours of continuous wear. It even contains Vitamin E and avocado oil to hydrate and soften the lips. 

Shade Variety

8.0 / 10

Stila recently upped their game from 14 to a hefty 22 shades! While you really can't go wrong with any color they offer, Beso is a fan favorite. But order quick if you find it in stock, this kissable hue does not last long!

Staying Power

8.5 / 10

As the name suggests, the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick's weightless, color-rich formula will not bleed or feather, and the long-lasting color stays in place all day long.

Value

8.0 / 10

$22 for a lipstick isn't cheap, but it's pretty middle of the road for a good lip color.

Overall Editor Score

8.3 / 10

Best Matte Lipstick to Splurge On

#8

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick

Best Matte Lipstick to Splurge On: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
Formula
8.5
Shade Variety
8.5
Staying Power
8.5
Value
7.5
Overall
83%
83 % Editor Score
84 % User Score
1,677 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Soothes and hydrates lips
  • Beautiful rich color
  • Stays put for quite a long time

Who is Charlotte Tilbury, you may ask? Well she's a celeb makeup artist, but beyond that, she certainly knows her stuff when it comes to lipstick. This product is designed to create the illusion of fuller, wider lips with lighting and pigmentation, regardless of lip size or shape. And trust us, it truly does not disappoint!

We wish there were a few more shades to choose from, but other than that this lipstick is pretty flawless.

Expert Ratings

Formula

8.5 / 10

The formula is uniquely infused with Orchid Extract, providing a cashmere finish and bold color without being the least big drying. The uniquely shaped stick is also great for coloring in the lines. Oh, and can we talk about that gorgeous rose gold case for a minute too? We seriously cannot get enough of this product. 

Shade Variety

8.5 / 10

While none of the 12 shades should be overlooked, Birkin Brown is by far one of the most popular hues given the recent spike in popularity of the 90s glam-tastic, chocolate berry look.

Staying Power

8.5 / 10

Not only does this lipstick moisturize and hydrate, the color-rich formula will last all day long without reapplication.

Value

7.5 / 10

$34 makes this product one of the more expensive lipsticks on our list, but can you really put a price on the perfect matte lip? We think not. Plus, the longevity of wear means less application, so one tube may last longer than you would expect.

Overall Editor Score

8.3 / 10

Best Drugstore Lipstick

#7

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Best Drugstore Lipstick: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
Formula
8.5
Shade Variety
9.0
Staying Power
8.0
Value
9.0
Overall
86%
86 % Editor Score
87 % User Score
1,260 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Super affordable
  • Fabulous scent
  • Amazing colors

Affordable, long-lasting, and available in a total of 34 fun colors. Need we say more? Users actually rave that this stuff rivals Kylie Cosmetics.

Unfortunately, this product does not set well on dry or cracked lips.

Expert Ratings

Formula

8.5 / 10

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream goes on velvety smooth and delivers a burst of delightfully creamy color. Plus, the applicator makes precision application a breeze. And the best part? It sets to a stunning matte finish. Add to that the surprisingly sweet scent, and there is no question as to why this formula is such a fan favorite.

Shade Variety

9.0 / 10

Available in a whopping 34 fun and flirty shades, we guarantee NYX offers something for every skin tone and occasion. If you're looking for a top seller, London is a fabulous nude shade that looks great on pretty much everyone.

Staying Power

8.0 / 10

While it feels very lightweight on your lips, this stuff is incredibly durable and reviewers report it lasts all day without requiring reapplication.

Value

9.0 / 10

Umm at a price of $5 you really cannot go wrong with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. Heck, at that price you can afford to get one in every color!

Overall Editor Score

8.6 / 10

Best Lipstick for Shade Variety

#6

Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick

Best Lipstick for Shade Variety: Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick
Formula
8.5
Shade Variety
8.5
Staying Power
8.5
Value
9.0
Overall
86%
86 % Editor Score
89 % User Score
743 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Instant bold, matte lip
  • Moisturizing agreements for a silky feel
  • Fabulous color selection

If you would have told us before we started our research that Kylie would rank near MAC on our list of the best lipsticks, we probbbably would have told ya you were crazy. But, alas, we’ve gotta hand it to the girl. Kylie has somehow mastered both the formula and color pallet that everyone seems to be digging these days and has been able to do so at a fairly reasonable price. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not quite ready to go full Kylie and recommend the infamous lip kit, but we definitely think the liquid matte singles are worth a try.

A bit overly drying and has a tendency to settle into fine lines, giving lips a cracked appearance. Some also report a syrupy cherry scent, which, while not the most attractive, could be worse.

Expert Ratings

Formula

8.5 / 10

While the formula is a bit on the liquid-y side (some complain that it’s TOO watery), it does dry down in a matter of seconds and actually ends up being somewhat drying with continued wear. The bottle design could be better, as the applicator is easily overloaded to the point you need to scrape off some product before applying.

The pigmentation is intense, but still feels light weight and comfortable. It does transfer easily, but stays put in the lip line for a clean look from the time of application until you wipe it off.

Shade Variety

8.5 / 10

There are currently 21 shades available on the website, and while the formula isn’t perfect the shade range is 100% on point. We would recommend Candy K as a good daytime color, or Ginger or Commando (you would, Kylie) for evening wear.

Staying Power

8.5 / 10

The staying power could be better on this lipstick, especially for a product at this price point. It will stay put for around 6-8 hours, but you may need to touch it up once or twice throughout the day as it begins to fade.

Value

9.0 / 10

A single liquid lipstick is only $17, which isn’t the most expensive on our list. 

Overall Editor Score

8.6 / 10

Best Lip Stain

#5

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain

Best Lip Stain: Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain
Formula
9.0
Shade Variety
8.5
Staying Power
9.0
Value
8.0
Overall
86%
86 % Editor Score
90 % User Score
806 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Revolutionary formula for ultra-matte, high impact color
  • Lightweight, naked-lip feel
  • Lasts 8+ hours without having to be touched up or reapplied

The highly pigmented color dries instantly, stays fresh, and moves with your lips for more than 8 hours of wear.

The price. At nearly $40 for a lip stain makes this the most expensive product on our list.

Expert Ratings

Formula

9.0 / 10

The weightless, matte, liquid formula brought to you by YSL is one of the most comfortable stains we have ever encountered. A revolutionary formula for ultra-matte, high impact color with a lightweight, naked lip feel. Creates matte, tattoo-like color that is lightweight, yet non-drying, which makes the stain super comfortable.

The best part, the exclusive liner-like applicator allows you to precisely outline the lips for a perfectly defined look. Never feathers or spills over the lip line.

Shade Variety

8.5 / 10

The 22 beautiful shades serve up potent color with a powdery and long-lasting finish.

Staying Power

9.0 / 10

YSL’s new liquid matte lip stain, Tatouage Couture, is not only one of the most comfortable products on our list, but it’s also one of the longest lasting.

Value

8.0 / 10

At $37 for a .2-ounce bottle, this is one of the most expensive lip colors on our list. However, for a comfortable, long-lasting and highly-pigmented color we think that it’s well worth the investment.

Overall Editor Score

8.6 / 10

Best Liquid Lipstick to Splurge On

#4

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Best Liquid Lipstick to Splurge On: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Formula
9.0
Shade Variety
9.0
Staying Power
9.0
Value
9.5
Overall
91%
91 % Editor Score
93 % User Score
945 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Smooth and highly pigmented
  • Impressive staying power
  • Gorgeous, weightless finish that hugs the lips

Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick truly embodies everything you could ever ask for in a lip color. Color-rich? Check. Smooth application? Check. Killer range of hues? Check, check, anddd check. If you're looking for a long-lasting liquid lipstick you've really gotta give this product a try.

A bit too shiny for the likes of some.

Expert Ratings

Formula

9.0 / 10

Kat Von D has brought you a totally life-proof lipstick with this everlasting lip color. It glides over lips like gloss, but sets quickly. However, it is a bit on the shimmery side, so if you're looking for something matte try the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Matte (equally as amazing). We also can't forget that the moisture rich formula is packed with natural ingredients such as Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax to keep lips soft and smooth..

As an added bonus, the packaging is super sexy. Oh, and did we mention it's vegan and cruelty-free? Seriously, this product has got it all.

Shade Variety

9.0 / 10

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is available in a record breaking 43 to-die-for shades, the largest variety of any product on our list. Though every single color is flawless, if you're looking for the best mauve lipstick on the market, you cannot go wrong with Lolita. Gorgeous!

Staying Power

9.0 / 10

Now, the longevity category is where this product really shines. This lip color stays for a full 24-hours with little to no reapplication needed. (But with a name like "Everlasting Liquid Lipstick" are you really surprised?)

Value

9.5 / 10

Right at $20, this lipstick definitely won't break the bank.

Overall Editor Score

9.1 / 10

Best Lipstick for Plumping

#3

Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick

Best Lipstick for Plumping: Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick
Formula
9.5
Shade Variety
8.5
Staying Power
9.5
Value
9.5
Overall
93%
93 % Editor Score
94 % User Score
653 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Includes natural ingredients such as avocado oil, vitamin E, and hyaluronic filling spheres
  • Lightweight, long-wearing formula
  • Creamy, matte, color-right formula wears comfortably

Endorsed by beauty brands such as USA Today and Cosmo, the innovative formula of Too Faced Melted Matte goes on like a gloss, but dries to an ultra-matte opaque finish. Additionally, this lipstick is infused with a no-sting lip plumper and filler for color that provides a full, rich, kissable finish every time.

Goes on heavy, almost clumpy, yet still requires multiple coats for an opaque finish. Also features a slightly chemical scent that isn’t our favorite.

Expert Ratings

Formula

9.5 / 10

The formula is thick and slightly drying, which, while maybe not the most comfortable, creates a visually smoothing effect that will give you a flawless look from sunup to sundown. While the small, doe-foot applicator wand works fabulously in coating your lips, the top of the bottle lacks suction so be cautious or you will end up with wasted product.

Shade Variety

8.5 / 10

Comes in 20 shades ranging in color from fuchsia to jet black, but do beware of the intensity of this formula. While it may take several coats to reach your desired finish, this lip color has serious staying power and garish intensity. So be cautious with your color selection if you’re new to the world of darker shades.

Staying Power

9.5 / 10

While this lip color will stay in place for 8+ hours, it will likely begin to flake at the corners by the end of the day.

Value

9.5 / 10

$23 for .23 ounces of product is actually a great deal, making this one of the more reasonably priced options on our list.

Overall Editor Score

9.3 / 10

Best Matte Lipstick

#2

MAC Lipstick

Best Matte Lipstick: MAC Lipstick
Formula
9.5
Shade Variety
9.5
Staying Power
9.5
Value
9.5
Overall
95%
95 % Editor Score
96 % User Score
3,775 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Bright color that won't dry out lips
  • So many shades to choose from
  • Lasts from day to night

Let's be real, lipstick is the iconic product that made MAC famous. MAC lipstick is formulated to shade, define, and showcase the lips, creating a high-fashion, matte texture. As they say, once you go MAC you'll never go back.

The only problem reviewers report is that there are so many colors and finishes to choose from that it's nearly impossible to get just one!

Expert Ratings

Formula

9.5 / 10

The MAC formula is known for being highly pigmented, creamy, and long-lasting. We love that this product goes on so smooth you won't even remember you're wearing lipstick at all. While MAC lipstick is available in a variety of finishes—including frost, glaze, and satin—our personal favorite is the original matt finish.

Shade Variety

9.5 / 10

MAC lipstick is available in literally hundreds of shades, so we could not even begin to name them all. Two of our favorites are Ruby Woo and Kinda Sexy, but you truly cannot go wrong with any lip color from MAC.

Staying Power

9.5 / 10

Well, as one user put it, MAC stays put through "many sips of wine." Really, what more could you ask for?

Value

9.5 / 10

At $17 you won't want to run out and buy every color, but we promise this high quality, long-lasting product is well worth the investment.

Overall Editor Score

9.5 / 10

Best Lipstick Overall

#1

Burberry Lip Velvet Crush

Best Lipstick Overall: Burberry Lip Velvet Crush
Formula
9.8
Shade Variety
9.5
Staying Power
9.5
Value
9.5
Overall
96%
96 % Editor Score
98 % User Score
2,816 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Weightless formula
  • Comfortable on the lips, almost like a balm
  • Easily layered for customizable color

We’re not gonna lie, one of the reasons this lip stain landed at the top of our list is because of what this Elle beauty writer had to say about the extensive staying power of this bad boy. Any product that can hold up through a make out and tacos definitely deserves a top spot in our book.

The price...$30 for .08 ounces is a lot for a single product.

Expert Ratings

Formula

9.8 / 10

Preservative and mineral-oil free, this delicate, matte lip cream is a bit mousse-y upon application, but will quickly transform to a powdery, matte finish within moments. Plus, the unique felt tip applicator feels fantastic on the lips and dispenses color in a way that allows you to build each layer in a way which allows you to customize the color to be as sheer or moderate as you like.

Shade Variety

9.5 / 10

Available in 14 on-trend shades in a range of rose hues, from nudes to deeper statement colors. Our favorites are Copper Pink or Honey Nude. And, if you’re into darker shades, this product out performs many competitors in coverage. So definitely give this product a try if you’re looking for a deep purple or cranberry without the appearance of bare spots or patches.

Staying Power

9.5 / 10

Expect this lip color to stain and moisturize for up to 8 hours. Let’s be honest, if it can withstand messy tacos and a make out, this lip color can hold up through just about anything!

Value

9.5 / 10

At $30, this is one of the most expensive products on our list. However, for the quality formula, extensive shade variety, and excellent staying power you will not regret shelling out a bit more for a product of this caliber.

Overall Editor Score

9.6 / 10

Faveable Ratings: 10 Best Lipstick Brands

10 Best Lipstick BrandsFormulaShade VarietyStaying PowerValueOverall
Burberry Lip Velvet Crush Thumbnail
Best Lipstick Overall
#1Burberry Lip Velvet Crush
9.8
9.5
9.5
9.5
96
MAC Lipstick Thumbnail
Best Matte Lipstick
#2MAC Lipstick
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
95
Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick Thumbnail
Best Lipstick for Plumping
#3Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick
9.5
8.5
9.5
9.5
93
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Thumbnail
Best Liquid Lipstick to Splurge On
#4Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.5
91
Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain Thumbnail
Best Lip Stain
#5Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain
9.0
8.5
9.0
8.0
86
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Thumbnail
Best Lipstick for Shade Variety
#6Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick
8.5
8.5
8.5
9.0
86
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Thumbnail
Best Drugstore Lipstick
#7NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
8.5
9.0
8.0
9.0
86
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Thumbnail
Best Matte Lipstick to Splurge On
#8Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
8.5
8.5
8.5
7.5
83
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Thumbnail
Best Liquid Lipstick
#9Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
8.5
8.0
8.5
8.0
83
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Thumbnail
Best Lip Pencil
#10NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
8.0
8.5
8.5
8.0
83

LIPSTICK BUYING GUIDE

We all came across eye-catching ads of Rihanna’s “Uncensored” red lipstick or Taylor Swift’s “Dragon Girl” lipstick, showing delicate, sensual lips. Since Natalie Portman’s campaign for Red Dior in 2016, it seems red became the go-to-color.

Even blonde Kate Moss dared to wear red for Rimmel’s Red Nose Day in 2015 — bringing red as the ultimate color for any hot lips.

But there are, in fact, thousands of ways to make your lips luscious, hot, and juicy.

In this guide, we explore shades, textures, colors, composition, and give artistry advice to take your lips to the next level, from a Portman’s classic red to a Bowie’s Ziggy-inspired universe.

Beyond fashion, lips are associated with kisses, and for this reason, they are the sexiest part of the face. That is why picking up the right lipstick is essential if you want to look your best.

Finally, some lipsticks enable you to kiss, others don’t. And if your lipstick goes wrong, your significant other might end up with it on his face.

 

TYPES OF LIPSTICKS

Satin and sheer lipsticks are good for everyday wear. Formulated with higher oil content, sheer lipsticks are non-drying, leaving the lips moisturized. You may have to apply your sheer lipstick often as it wears off throughout the day or the night.

Gloss lipsticks bring a glamorous, fresh, and fruity touch to your lips. Eye-catching, they make your lips attractive, unmissable. Gloss lipsticks offer a younger look to any lips and tend to be used during the summertime, yet are invited to winter parties, too.


Cream lipsticks are nourishing lipsticks made of a high concentration of vitamin E. They are well balanced between texture and gloss while having a greater wax composition and staying power.

Stain lipsticks have high impact and low maintenance and make your look perfect throughout the day. With vibrant colors and shades, they fit busy, sophisticated women with confidence.

Matte lipsticks are the most ultimate lipsticks as they blend light and dark shadows over a perfect color. Matte lipsticks are made to last and embrace your lips into every detail — and fit any women with style and glamour. Deprived of gloss, these lipsticks are enigmatic.

DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TONE

Getting the right lipstick depends on your skin color, on the occasion, on the season, and on your style. As a general rule, you may apply a lipstick of darker tone to your natural skin color during the day. To enhance the color more, go for even darker during the night. So what are the hottest hues for the sexiest lips?

Find out about your skin tone: Your skin tone is the color of your skin and may change according to the seasons. Is your skin tone warm or cold? To find out, examine the veins inside of your wrists, and look at their colors. If your veins appear blue, then you have a cool tone, and if they appear green, you have a warm tone. You may also be a neutral tone which stands in between.

Warm skin tone: Choose a vibrant palette with vivid colors. For example, warm red, red with purple tones, orange, or berry pink may suit you if you have a warm skin tone. Play with textures from glossy to stain. Dimensional nudes lipsticks may be a good choice for warm skin tones as well.

Cool skin tone: Go for a darker color palette that echoes your skin tone such as burgundy, dark red, brown, dark pink or mauve, or natural. Enjoy emollients-rich lipsticks that preserve the hydration of your lips as well as sheer lipsticks for their oil-content base formulation.

Winter vs summer: In the summertime, your skin tone may change. Pick up vivid colors from rich red to bubbly orange. Invite glossy lipsticks to bring a touch of fantasy. During winter, enhance your lips with darker shades, neutral colors or velvet tones. And, try cream lipsticks to protect your lips.

 

HOW TO TRY YOUR LIPSTICK

First of all, you need to pick your favorite shade and brand. Then, try the lipstick by applying it to your wrist. Look at how the color evolves and if it fits your skin tone and style.

Enjoy the texture and let it evolve for a couple of minutes. If your skin appears dry, then you may move to a richer formula.

Second, you can check your lipstick against your clothing to find out if it’s a good match for your style. Hold it against your clothes and determine if the lipstick color works well with your color scheme.

If you wear darker clothes, you may go for brown, purple, and dark red lipsticks. If you wear warm or yellow clothes, you can go for orange, pink, and vivid red.

 

DETERMINE YOUR LIPS HYDRATATION

You may choose a lipstick according to the hydration of your lips. Are your lips naturally well hydrated or, tend to dehydrate?

Choose glossy and matte lipsticks if your lips are well hydrated. If your lips tend to dehydrate, apply a hydrating lip cream prior to your lipstick, or choose a cream lipstick which has a higher concentration of emollients and oils.

 

FOR WHICH OCCASION?

For casual wear: For grocery shopping or going to appointments during the day, pick up an easy to apply lipstick and choose a color that fits your skin tone. Don’t go too creative as you are not attending a fashion show. All you want is simplicity and harmony. Dare to wear red only if you feel comfortable with it. Remember red is your secret weapon, so use it efficiently.

For work: Choosing a lipstick for work is easy. You need to highlight your lips without getting too much attention (unless you want to sign a new contract or negotiate a pay increase). Pick up matte lipsticks or neutral colors if you are in a meeting that last long so you don’t have to leave the meeting to reapply your lipstick.

For an event: You may go outside any convention and bring a Bowie touch to your lips. Go for dark green or blue lipsticks for a punk attitude. Paint your lips with squid ink for a look inspired by the Fifth Element. Enjoy frosted lipsticks for a very glamorous Fashion Week inspired look, the Bowie way.

 

WHAT ARE THE BEST LIPSTICKS FOR KISSES?

Kissing is part of our romantic life, and then the question may be, “How can I kiss my boyfriend with a lipstick?”. Without kissing, there’s no romance. But do you choose the best lipstick for kissing?

Most lipsticks won’t leave without a mark on your boyfriend’s lips. If he is comfortable with it, then fine. But what if your boyfriend is tired of wearing the trace of your lipsticks on his cheeks or lips? Then, matte lipsticks can be a great choice as they have a good staying power (you won’t need to reapply them too often).

They also leave little trace on a glass of wine or your boyfriend’s lips. If your boyfriend is uncomfortable with your lipstick, wear a natural nude or a glossy version, which will be more discreet.

 

WHICH LIPSTICKS TO CHOOSE FOR SMALL LIPS?

Not everyone is born with Angelina Jolie’s full, beautiful lips. If you have small lips, you may want to enhance them by giving them an instant fill.

Go for a sophisticated brown peach, mauve, pink, or plum lipstick which make thin lips sensual. Make sure the colors you choose fit your skin tone but are not too bright either. Play with crayon lipsticks to draw an extra layer above your lips so they appear thicker.

 

WHICH LIPSTICKS TO CHOOSE FOR BIG LIPS?

If you have the same lips as Scarlett Johannson, don’t go too excessive. Choose a candy pink lipstick for an elegant look and a flattering red to preserve the harmony of your lips. And if you go for the no-makeup look, and prefer a low-key chic style, go for a nude or natural lipstick. Avoid lip enhancer and crayon lipsticks to not overwhelm your lips. 

FINAL TIPS:

Always bring your lipstick with you, whether to work or at a party. Your lipstick is your best companion and tool for the ultimate touch of feminity.


Second, in case you need it, you may have to reapply your lipstick, especially if you leave in a metropolis like Tokyo or New York where long distance prevents you from reaching home easily.

Pick up a travel size of your lipstick if you travel and need multiple varieties of shades at your fingertips on the plane. Lipsticks are one of the most flattering cosmetics, keep reading to find the coolest trends and colors on our Faveable list.

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