Just like a fabulous pair of shoes, there’s nothing a great lipstick can’t fix. It can transform your look from day to night, take attention away from that little blemish, or simply brighten your face. In honor of National Lipstick Day, truly one of our favorite days, we asked Bazaar editors to share the one lipstick shade they’re constantly re-applying.
“This is the perfect subtle-but-saucy pink.”
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Seduisante, $35, chanel.com.
“It’s so vibrant and fun and looks good with everything.”
MAC lipstick in Lady Danger, $16, maccosmetics.com.
“I am obsessed with all of Poppy King’s products, but her best-selling Jean Queen, a wear-everywhere super-natural blue-pink, is my makeup bag essential.”
Lipstick Queen in Jean Queen, $20, lipstickqueen.com.
“I stocked up on this shade because it’s the perfect blue-based matte red—it makes me feel like a borrowed lipstick from a ’30s screen siren. Plus, Rihanna.”
MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo, $16, maccosmetics.com.
“I’m not so much of a lipstick person, but our Executive Editor Laura Brown is obsessed with making me do a red lip. She was satisfied when I tried this red. As she put it, ‘Gamine!'”
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Provocateur 135 Femme Fatale, $9.50, ulta.com.
“I usually avoid lipstick, mostly because I’m paranoid it’ll migrate all over my face, but also because it makes my lips flaky. I tried Lancome’s Berry Noir about a year ago—a colleague suggested that the slightly purple-y tone would look good with my fair skin and dark features—and I wound up loving it. It has a nice floral scent, doesn’t dry my lips out, and helps me look pulled-together when I’m going straight from yoga to dinner (showers are overrated).”
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Berry Noir, $30, net-a-porter.com.
“I am not a huge fan of lipstick—my usual go-to is the classic drugstore chapstick. But I discovered this amazing lip color when I was trying to figure out my wedding day makeup look and have been wearing it almost every day since! The perfect balance of pink and shimmer that still looks natural.”
Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Rose Petal, $26, bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
“I don’t usually wear a lot of make-up so I try to keep my lipstick on the neutral-yet-feminine end of the spectrum. Chantecaille always feels so clean—it also has a natural plumping ingredient, which is a major plus for me!”
Chantecaille Lip Chic in Primrose, $35, net-a-porter.com.
“This color is certainly not for the faint of heart—I love the way it pops against my dark skin.”
Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Schiap, $26, narscosmetics.com.
It’s a bold statement color with the perfect amount of matte finish.
Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red, $26, narscosmetics.com.
“One swipe of this bold orange-red instantly brightens my face.”
Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave, $26, narscosmetics.com.
“The perfect classic red—I rarely leave the house without it. Plus, it doesn’t budge, even when I forget liner.”
MAC lipstick in Russian Red, $16, maccosmetics.com.