Our Editors Share Their All-Time Favorite Lipsticks in Honor of National Lipstick DayJuly 29, 2020
Let’s be real, we don’t need a national holiday as an excuse to gush over our favorite lipsticks. But give us one and we’ll happily oblige. In honor of today’s National Lipstick Day, we’re highlighting our most cherished formulas — the ones that we find ourselves reaching for again and again, no matter what enticing new lippies land on our desks. From a plumping coral shade to an everyday matte nude, read on to discover our editors’ picks, plus our tips for wearing each of them.
The Editor: Genesis
Why She Loves It: It doesn’t take much for me to fall in love with a nude lipstick, which is probably why I own every one under the sun. When it comes to bright colors, though, there are certain criteria that need to be met, and the NYX Professional Makeup Filler Instinct Plumping Lip Color in Besos checks off all of them. Between the hydrating and comfortable-feeling formula, the buildable pigmentation and the affordable price point, this lippie is one of my all time favorites. The color Besos is a gorgeous coral-red shade that’s bright and perfect for summer. Depending on the day, I’ll wear one layer to give my lips a subtle, flirty flush of color, or if I’m feeling up to it, I’ll apply a couple of layers for a bright and bold finish.
The Editor: Samantha
The Lipstick: Lancôme L'Absolu Mademoiselle Balm in Ice Cold Pink
Why She Loves It: I’ve never been one to rock a bold, matte lippie — it’s not my jam. My collection of lip balms, on the other hand, is overflowing. My current favorite is this hydrating and tinted balm from Lancôme. It gives a high-shine finish, a little plumping action and smells absolutely amazing (think: peppermint and rose). The formula, which is infused with macadamia oil, leaves my lips feeling soft and supple. Plus, the subtle shimmer is the perfect finish to my low-key, work-from-home makeup look.
The Editor: Alanna
The Lipstick: Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink in Amazonian
Why She Loves It: Nude lipstick tugs on my heartstrings, especially if the shade is an orangey-brown, like Amazonian. This formula by Maybelline is hands-down my fave for its pretty color and long-lasting, budge-free wear. Seriously, I never have to touch this one up; it stays as crisp and matte all day as when you first apply it.
The Editor: JillianWhy She Loves It: I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a perfect red lip shade in their makeup arsenal, and YSL’s matte lip stain in Grenat No Rules fits the bill. The formula doesn’t dry out my lips because of the watery texture, and it actually lasts so long that I rarely need to reapply it during the day. The applicator is perfectly angled, so I can create my ideal pout shape, which is especially handy considering that I don’t have the steadiest hand. When I pair it with a golden highlighter and some shimmer eyeshadow, I go from zero to glam in no time flat.
The Editor: Sarah
The Lipstick: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Tilt
Why She Loves It: Cool, blue-red shades are often recommended for those with fair skin like myself, and while I do find them flattering, punchy, warm reds really make me smile. One of my all-time faves is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Tilt. It adds warmth to my complexion and puts a pep in my step. I haven’t been wearing lipstick often this summer considering I’m always masked when outside, but sometimes I’ll swipe on this shade at home just to lift my mood or to take a fun selfie. I like to wear it with a peachy-pink blush and a neutral eyeshadow, which lets the lipstick be the star of the show.
The Editor: Lindsey
The Lipstick: L'Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in I Lead
Why She Loves It: I love so many things about this lipstick that it’s hard to even know where to begin. For starters, at less than $10, it’s super affordable. But price aside, the pointed doe-foot applicator completely eliminates the need to use a separate lip liner to keep the color in place, which I appreciate oh-so-much when I’m running low on time. Then, there’s the formula itself. Despite a liquid lipstick-esque color payoff (read: all the pigment), it feels like absolutely nothing on the lips — not drying, not hydrating, not anything. There’s no tacky residue when you blot your lips together or a parched feeling when you smile really wide, and as someone who hates both, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this. The shade I Lead is a dark, dusty rose that I find works well for summer evenings and any time in the fall and winter. I never leave home without it.