Finding a good lipstick is not an easy feat- one that has the perfect mixture of matte and glossy, that glides perfectly but doesn’t slide off your lips and complements practically every outfit in your wardrobe. Finding a shade that complements a variety of skin tones is another difficult task. Luckily, some brands have perfected some pigments that are capable of looking great on a variety of complexions. We have compiled a list of five universally flattering lipsticks every woman needs to own.
Red lipstick is the little black dress of makeup. Every woman needs to have one in her vanity case. Whether for a night out or to give yourself a boost of confidence. A red lipstick with a blue undertone looks flattering on every skin tone. MAC Ruby Woo fits that description to the tee. It is the most flattering tone of red ever created and it has the sales to back it up.
Pink can be a very tricky colour to pull off especially with the range going from bubblegum pink to neon pink. Notwithstanding, Nars’ Semi-Matte Lipstick in Schiap was formulated to fit everyone. It is a hot pink colour with blue undertones and has a velvety texture. It was named after Elsa Schiaparelli who was popularly known for her bright pink lip. The undertone makes it so flattering and creates an illusion of whiter teeth.
Coral lipsticks don’t get a lot of buzz but they are the perfect colour any lady who doesn’t want a statement colour like red but still wants to add some colour to their lips. A coral-rose shade that does the trick is the Charlotte Tilbury’s Lipstick in Stoned Rose. It is the perfect nude-like rose and no doubt looks great on everyone. Charlotte Tilbury’s formulas are known to be long-lasting and this shade will provide the perfect pop of colour.
For risk-takers, reds and pinks may feel a bit mundane. A dramatic purple packs the punch. When it comes to this shade, Nars’ Audacious Lipstick in Liv is foolproof. Its creamy texture makes it very wearable. Dark lipsticks tend to age so be careful about the application process. Wear a darker lip liner first to offset this effect.
Because a universally flattering nude seems not to exist, a sheen can do the trick. For a barely-there, ‘your-lips-but-better’ look, the Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey might be your jam. Although in the tube it looks like a gothic purple, it only gives enough pigment to enhance your natural lip colour. This shade is bound to work with everything you have.