The right lipstick inspires an infectious sense of charisma and confidence in a woman. If only to stake claim on one’s tea mug or coffee cup, these velvety pocket-sized pinks, plums, reds, bronzes and nudes are the lifeblood of many beauty routines.
With each passing year, new and reinvented lipsticks, glosses and stains smear on to the market and we’re left to anxiously file into Sephora and apply a Caboodle of sheens to designate our annual signature shade.
Sometimes we’re feeling classic and opt for MAC’s timeless Russian Red; other times we’re feeling flirty and apply Chanel’s cheeky La Diva. No matter the tint, there’s something about a gloss that makes us strut through life like Karlie Kloss.
Now that we’re transitioning into a new year, it’s the perfect time to revamp those pouts. Check out our list of 2015’s must-have lipsticks.
Talk about stepping out of your comfort zone. White lipstick is crazy; so crazy in fact that we decided to give it a try. Lipstick Queen’s ethereal shade works as an illuminator, highlighting lips’ natural pinks with a dollop of gold, silver and shimmer to top it all off. Ice Queen can be worn on its own to highlight a naked lip or on top of another shade as a shimmery finish.
MAC’s Rebel ($16)
Rebel is the rare breed of lipstick that looks good on everyone. This flirtatious plum is a year-round hue – perfect for a chilly night on the town or a bare-faced spring visit to the farmers market.
It looks violently dark in the tube but manages to transform into a bright, playful stain upon application. Rebel also happens to be one of MAC’s best sellers.
Embarrassing confession: I first learned of this whimsical pigment when I was perusing images of Kanye West’s and Kim Kardashian’s over-the-top Parisian wedding. I’m not a Kimye fan, but I’ll admit Kim’s subtle wedding lips were breathtaking. The best part of all: You can pick up this pale paint at your local drugstore makeup aisle for under $10.
There’s nothing quite as glorious as an electric pink lip. La Sensuelle looks like a Studio 54 lipstick that teleported to present day, which is one of the reasons we love it oh so much. Teens and twenty-somethings are more likely to sport bold pinks such as this, but we say wear this adventurous hue no matter what decade you’re rocking.
Muted yet romantic, Lorac’s Nymph satin-finish lipstick is the ideal color to have on hand for all occasions. Sure, it’s a shade we've seen a thousand times over, but pale pinks lend themselves well to an array of skin tones. What’s more, the moisturizing finish stays on for hours. Any woman who has to reapply lipstick every hour knows how rare this is.
Red lips evoke a variety of both scandalous and tame epithets: Hollywood glamour, lustful desire, sophisticated grace, high fashion, and sex. This vampy shade is recycled by makeup brands on a regular basis, yet its popularity manages to never run its course.
VIB Rouge is a brazen take on the shade, but it’s quickly become one of the most popular blood reds on the market today. Throw it on with your best leather jacket or that little black dress.
MAC’s Lady Danger ($16)
Here’s the truth: No makeup bag is complete without at least two reds. While Bite Beauty’s red is more of a classic vintage red, MAC’s Lady Danger a warm blend of red and neon orange. As one of Taylor Swift’s go-to shades, Lady Danger is both youthful and confronting. It’s a self-serving lipstick that screams “pay attention to me!”
Orange lipstick is reserved for the courageous sort. Though Orange de Chin carries red undertones, the color is very much orange. This stain was the longest-lasting color on our list, with the gloss lasting up to five hours and the color eight without reapplication, but it is also one of of the most expensive options as well.
God bless easy, breezy, beautiful CoverGirl. This mass-market brand has been on the scene for years, playing an endless reel of commercials and partnering with some of the most beautiful women in the world.
The company has no shortage of colors to peruse, but Divine Wine stood out from the rest with its unique mix of pink and purple. The shade is part of CoverGirl’s newest launch, which features a well-rounded family of pinks, plums, nudes and reds.
It’s a shame so many women overlook oxblood. It’s a color that falls on the darker spectrum – dare we say, goth – but it’s a pigment we can’t help swooning over.
Thankfully, stars like Lorde are reigniting our appreciation for darker, moodier lips. Burberry Beauty’s moisturizing Oxblood lipstick is a beautiful marriage of deep reds and browns, ideal for this rare winter weather. Seize this shade before warmer weather shows up.