There are certain lipsticks shade known by sight or name or number alone. 999. Schiap. 400.
A very, very matte blue-based red that shows up out on the town more often than the most ambitious Instagram influencer.
Although hundreds of lip shades cross our desk every day, the Cut is often drawn toward the cult and classic.
To compile this list, the Cut spoke to celebrity makeup artists like Beau Nelson and Lupita Nyong’o’s makeup artist Nick Barose, scanned MakeupAlley message boards to find the best-reviewed lip shades by consumers, and asked brand representatives about their best sellers.
Here are the top 20 lipsticks inspiration of all time, including colors like the first red ever worn at a Christian Dior fashion show.
In medieval times, women used lemon to give their lips a berry-ish tint. This moisturizing lipstick hybrid takes its sheer, berry inspiration from that color.
Called a Lipslique, this product’s texture is akin to what would result if lip gloss and lipstick had a baby. It’s Surratt’s current best seller and another My Lips But Better shade.
A balanced red lipstick that’s the second best seller in Kate Moss’s collection, Rimmel.
It’s one of our favorite drugstore lipsticks of all time for its intense color payoff and hydration.
“It’s a bright color that’s unique with purple undertones; it’s bright but deep, so it’s easy to wear.”