No matter the time of year or the trend of the moment, every woman should have a few lipstick colors in her collection. These are the shades that are appropriate for every season, represent you to a T, and are timeless throughout your life. Since a lipstick can change your mood and is a key ingredient in many finished looks, it’s important to find the right hue. 

In order to find the gloss or cream that delivers proper punch and payoff, there are a few things to consider. Number one: Selecting the right color for your undertone. No matter how beautiful a lipstick can look in the tube, if your complexion and undertone don’t match the products, the color may look odd once applied. Knowing your undertone will allow you to take all the guess work out of finding the ideal tint for you.

Lip colors every woman should own

Next, it’s on to texture. While the below five colors should make it into your stash, knowing how bold of a lip–or the formula you enjoy most–will determine what type to purchase. A general rule of thumb is to pick lip colors that are one to two shades darker than your natural lip. If you want a pout that really stands out wear something with a bit more bite. If you’re a gloss girl, but still like highly pigmented hues, search for brands that deliver across the board.

On to the colors…

Nude – A nice nude is a must. This can be worn in professional situations or be the subtle finish to a dramatic makeup look such as the one seen in my Robot Chic tutorial. A nude lipstick delivers just enough color payoff to heighten a finished face without being the center of attention. On days when you don’t know what color to wear, e.l.f. cosmetics Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph or Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Incognito will be your best friend.

Red – Sultry. Fierce. Classic. There is no look that a strong red lip can’t accompany–If applied properly you’re guaranteed to look glamorous. And with a range of variations within the red family, you’ll have a true red forever and deep reds for winter looks. Worried about achieving flawless application? Use the anti-feathering trick to master reds. Try YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in N6 Rouge Libertine for bold lips from a unique formula.

Berry – Because berry shades range from raspberry to blackberry, this color tells a lot about the owner. It creates mystery and makes a statement all at once. Berry was a huge trend this last season so how do you get away with wearing it well into summer? Make it your ultimate night on the town hue. Cat eye or simple liner, berry lips in Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick in Violet Electra or Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Elizabeth should be the centerpiece of your look.

Pink - Pink is the lip color with a hidden agenda. Like red, it can be worn in many different styles–it can also act as a dual beauty product when applied to the cheeks as a blush. A true representation of femininity, a soft pink like L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Pink Perseverance will say girly while a neon pink like NARS Semi Matt Lipstick in Schiap will scream diva. Decide the intensity you feel comfortable with and make that your go-to pink.

Peach – Right now the limelight for this color is being stolen by its more electric cousin, orange, but a peach lip is not only lively and appropriate at every age, it is one of the most flattering and forgiving shades. It is best worn when the rest of your makeup looks natural (ok, maybe you can rock a dark eye with it as well). Try em Cosmetics Shade Play Lip Color Mixing Palette in Mix it Up Peaches for a few shades to find what’s right for you.

Which of these do you most frequently wear? 

<3 Mish


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