Okay, so National Lipstick Day may not exist for any significant non-marketing purposes (sorry, lipstick devotees of the Internet), but hey, we'll take any chance we get to publicly profess our love for the perfect red that never lets us down or the barely-there nude that completes our everyday look. Scroll down to read Fashionista editors' love letters to their go-to lipsticks.
Alyssa Vingan, Executive Editor
I rarely leave the house without some sort of balm, tint or stain on my lips — but I generally save the highly-pigmented red and hot-pink lipsticks for nights out or special occasions. For over two years, I’ve carried this formula in my bag at (almost) all times: it’s almost as moisturizing as a balm, but it leaves a very sheer, natural mauve tint that helps my everyday beauty look seem a bit more polished and put together. I have gone through multiple tubes… and once screamed at a giant security guard at a concert for confiscating it because he thought I was using it to smuggle in drugs. (I was not.)
Julie Hewett lipstick in Kiki, $37, available at Sephora
Dhani Mau, Editorial Director
I'm not really a lipstick person, and unless it's a really fancy occasion, won't put anything on my lips that I can't apply super quickly and without a mirror. I also hate shiny/sparkly things so lip gloss is out of the question. Basically, Glossier's Generation G — which provides a natural-looking, matte wash of color — is the lipstick of my dreams. And as soon as I found out that my style/life icon Sofia Coppola was a fan of Crush, I knew exactly what shade to get. It's now the only thing I'll put on my lips besides balm.
Glossier Generation G in Crush, $18, available at Glossier
Tyler McCall, Deputy Editor
For a while, I was loyal to my bright-red lipstick, which is still a no-fail, go-to in any situation where I need to look instantly polished. But last winter, at the Burberry Beauty counter at Saks, I found a new love: This deep, oxblood matte lipstick. It's not so dark as to make me look #goth, and I never get more compliments than when I wear this shade. And the matte isn't drying at all. Is it possible to be in love with a lipstick?
Burberry Beauty Lip Velvet Matte Lipstick in Oxblood, $34, available at Nordstrom
Chantal Fernandez, Senior Editor
I do not wear lipstick under any circumstances because colorful lips freak me out. (No offense to this post.) I do, however, care about moisture and SPF, so I'm a fan of Sun Bum's lip balm. The Banana shade is basically nothing, but I feel protected from both the sun's evil rays and chapped lips.
Sun Bum lip balm SPF 30, $3.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Maura Brannigan, Senior Editor
I've written about this lipstick on numerous occasions over the years, and at this rate, I don't think I'll ever stop. This stuff is the perfect red — just dramatic to add that va-va-voom you'd expect from red lipstick, but with a teensy hint of versatile orange. Not only does it go on satiny smooth, but it's literally the longest-lasting lip color I've ever applied. I'm not one to splurge on makeup, but this stuff is truly worth every penny. Why are you still reading this? Go buy it already!
Dior Diorific Haute Couture Lipstick in Dolce Vita, $36, available at Dior
Stephanie Saltzman, Beauty Editor
Matte lipstick is still A Thing, but my personal aesthetic is more minimalist than YouTube vlogger, and many of the matte formulas on the market are a bit too intense for me. Glossier's Generation G formula is balm-like but matte, and it starts sheer but can be layered for more opacity. I've been wearing the Jam shade, a deep berry, all summer long — 90-degree weather be damned — and I love that it stays put and does that blurred-at-the-edges thing, meaning it still looks good even as it gradually wears off.
Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Jam, $18, available at Glossier
Maria Bobila, Associate Editor
When I asked a sales associate at Sephora for a recommendation on a deep-red lipstick, it took the woman less then a second to lead me to the Marc Jacobs Beauty section of the store. And it took me the same amount of time to bring the designer's lipstick in Blow to the register. The wine-colored shade nicely complements my medium-to-dark skin tone, and it always does the trick when I want to aesthetically upgrade my generally casual outfits. Plus, I once ate a burger with this stuff on and it barely needed a touch-up once I was done. If that doesn't persuade you to fall for this lipstick, then I don't know what will.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Blow, $30, available at Sephora
Karina Hoshikawa, Assistant Editor
I need a formula that lasts through eating, sipping on matcha and general Life Things. This lip pencil applies evenly and deposits the perfect amount of color that looks positively MLBB. In fact, I love this shade so much that I brought it with me to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in SoHo to replicate it into moisturizing, lipstick form. (Yes, I live in fear of my favorite beauty products being discontinued. MAC, please never do that.)
MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Etcetera, $20, available at Nordstrom
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