The 50 Most Classic Lipstick Colors of All Time

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There are specific lipstick shades identified by sight or identify or quantity alone. 999. Schiap. 400. A really, very matte blue-based crimson that reveals up out in town extra usually than essentially the most bold Instagram influencer. Though a whole lot of lip shades cross our desk day by day, the Lower is commonly drawn towards the cult and traditional.

To compile this record, the Lower spoke to movie star make-up artists like Beau Nelson and Lupita Nyong’o’s make-up artist Nick Barose, scanned MakeupAlley message boards to seek out the best-reviewed lip shades by shoppers, and requested model representatives about their greatest sellers. Listed here are the highest 50 lip shades of all time, together with colours like the primary crimson ever worn at a Christian Dior style present.

999 by Christian Dior

DIOR Rouge Dior Lipstick

Rumored to be the lip shade worn on the first-ever Christian Dior runway present (then referred to as 9), that is Dior’s best-selling, traditional crimson. It’s usually referred to by its different identify: “Iconic.”

Ruby Woo by M.A.C

M.A.C Lipstick Matte

This shade is beloved for its means to look good on nearly everybody. Movie star make-up artist Beau Nelson explains its attraction: “It’s a vivid, matte, matte, matte crimson.” (Sure, he stated matte 3 times for emphasis.) “It takes a bit effort to get on, however the velvety-red look is price it.” It’s additionally identified for being nearly indestructible, lasting from morning to nighttime with meals in between.

Black Honey Nearly Lipstick by Clinique

CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick

A freebie in make-up reward units within the ’80s, Clinique’s Black Honey Nearly grew to become a cult favourite within the ’90s as a lipgloss/lipstick that, in oft-repeated magnificence parlance, appears good on virtually everybody. It’s now the best-reviewed lipstick on MakeupAlley, with over 1,000 evaluations. Individuals purchase it in bulk, together with our style editor-at-large.

Spice by M.A.C

M.A.C Lip Pencil

This cinnamon-brown lip shade, which Linda Evangelista as soon as publicly praised, was bought out for many of the ’90s. Nelson explains: “No iconic merchandise record could be full with out this ’90s supermodel favourite.”

Schiap by NARS

NARS Semi Matte Lipstick - Schiap

Pirate by Chanel

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour

Woman Hazard by M.A.C

MAC Red Lipstick

No. 19 Fuchsia Rouge Pur Couture by YSL


The primary shade created by Monsieur Saint Laurent in 1979.

Angel by M.A.C

M.A.C Lipstick Shine

In 2011, an up-and-coming actuality star named Kim Kardashian proclaimed this her favourite lipstick shade. This pink lipstick (with a contact of frost) has been a greatest vendor ever since.

Humorous Face by NARS

NARS Lipstick

Named after the Audrey Hepburn movie, it is a fuchsia that appears both extra purple or pink relying upon your pores and skin tone.

Russian Pink by M.A.C

M.A.C Little Lipstick

One of many three best-selling reds by M.A.C (the others being Ruby Woo and Woman Hazard), it is a cherry crimson that leans the slightest bit towards orange.

Fireplace and Ice and Cherries within the Snow by Revlon

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Nelson explains the cult attraction of those two shades: “Cherries within the Snow is a pink-based crimson that has actually been round for many years and is a timeless traditional. Fireplace and Ice was perhaps the primary Hollywood-red lipstick (and matching nail shade). The advertisements requested readers questions and warned that you simply had been solely daring sufficient to put on the shade in case you answered at the least eight of them with ‘Sure.’”

Fantasy by M.A.C

M.A.C Lipstick - Nudes

On web message boards, you usually see the acronym MLBB — which means “My Lips However Higher.” This is likely one of the best-reviewed MLBB shades on MakeupAlley of all time, praised for being a nude that isn’t too nude. It’s a continuously sold-out greatest vendor.

Bruised Plum by Tom Ford

Tom Ford Lip Color

Jungle Pink by NARS

NARS Lipstick

No. 1 by YSL


#400 by Armani


Photograph: Roger Cabello

This traditional crimson is what is called the Armani Pink, and the identical shade as seen within the model’s signature crimson lipstick case.

Brown by Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Lip Color

Bobbi Brown began her make-up line with ten lipstick shades and this was one of many originals — a shade that helped make brown lips a pattern within the 1990s.

Uncensored by Fenty Magnificence

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color

Photograph: Courtesy of the Vendor

That is Rihanna’ s model of a common crimson and a few already suppose it’s a alternative for M.A.C’s Ruby Woo. In its liquid kind, it’s lighter and simpler to use than a typical tube of lipstick.

Nude Kate by Charlotte Tilbury

CHARLOTTE TILBURY K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick - Nude Kate

Amal Clooney’s make-up artist, Charlotte Tilbury, says that for years folks used to beg her for the nude shade that Kate Moss (by the way, godmother to her kids) all the time wore. Tilbury used to custom-mix it for her, utilizing a mixture of concealers. When she lastly debuted her personal line, she produced Moss’s shade as one in every of her first lip colours.

Elson by Pat McGrath

PAT MCGRATH LABS MatteTrance™ Lipstick

Legendary make-up artist Pat McGrath, essentially the most well-known make-up artist on the earth, developed a pure crimson of her personal. Elson is known as after the mannequin Karen Elson, and a crimson blue-red shade that had everybody asking, “What’s that shade?” at Prada’s resort 2018 present.

Trafalgar by Christian Dior

DIOR Rouge Dior Lipstick

In each magnificence vary, there’s a traditional crimson that’s a greatest vendor, and a second greatest vendor that’s a extra quirky crimson. This crimson has a jolt of orange by way of it — no much less pigmented than the 999, however simply as vibrant.

Heroine by M.A.C

M.A.C Lipstick Matte

Initially launched as a part of M.A.C’s Reel Attractive assortment, it shortly grew to become a fan favourite (a number of web message boards devoted threads to documenting their love affair of the lipstick). M.A.C heard their cries and introduced this violet shade into its everlasting assortment this yr.

No. 52 Rouge Pur Couture by YSL


Honolulu Honey by NARS

NARS Lipstick

Probably the most well-known nude shades of all time. Make-up creator Francois Nars as soon as stated it was his single, most-used magnificence product of all time as a result of it’s a “excellent, heat nude” with simply “the correct amount of yellow and pink.”

01 All the time Pink by Sephora

SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick

Don’t sleep on the home assortment by Sephora. I discovered about this shade by way of make-up artist Benjamin Puckey, who discovered about it on set. The brilliant crimson has turn out to be an web favourite, and is likely one of the best-reviewed reds on MakeupAlley.

Amande Sucrée by Lancôme

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating Shaping Lipcolor

Barose explains why this bronze needs to be a traditional: “I really like that it offers a sheer bronze glaze for the mouth. It’s excellent for darker pores and skin as a result of it’s not a nude however a bit extra fascinating and glam.”

Exaltée by Chanel

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour

This pink-red is a brand new favourite of movie star make-up artists and has been worn by Emma Stone and Emma Watson.

Ethereal Fairy by Rimmel

Rimmel London Lip Stick


This shade is praised on MakeupAlley for being one of the crucial foolproof “My Lips However Higher” shades of all time with over 500 five-star evaluations.

Grege 1947 by Christian Dior

DIOR Rouge Dior Lipstick

Initially conceived as a highlighter blush for lips, it is a traditional, polished, peach-based nude.

Viva Glam by M.A.C

MAC Viva Glam Lipstick

Nelson explains the historic significance behind this shade: “The primary make-up product ever to be promoted by a drag queen. RuPaul Charles made historical past by declaring ‘I am the M.A.C woman’ within the promoting for this life-saving lip shade.” Each single penny of this lipstick and its successors goes to AIDS analysis.

Casablanca by Tom Ford

Tom Ford Lip Color

Though he’s greatest identified for his extra vibrant shade decisions, that is Tom Ford’s most commercially profitable lipstick shade.

Lasting Kiss by Lancôme


This pinkish-brown is the present best-selling Lancôme shade.

Addict Lip Glow Shade Reviver Balm by Dior

Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm in Ultra Pink

Violet Femme by Tom Ford

Tom Ford Lip Color

 Barose explains why this shade is a favourite: “It’s a brilliant shade that’s distinctive with purple undertones; it’s brilliant however deep, so it’s simple to put on.”

No. 311 by Clé de Peau Beauté

Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick Velvet Refill

That is Clé de Peau Beauté’s best-selling lipstick shade by far. This shade is continuously worn by the model’s face, Amanda Seyfried.

Fairest Nude by L’Oréal Paris

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick, Fairest Nude

Described as an ideal nude (particularly for these with olive complexions) on MakeupAlley.

Kate Moss 01 by Rimmel London

Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick


Kate Moss and Rimmel London teamed as much as create a line of lipstick shades — and 01 is billed as the proper crimson, worn by Moss within the advertisements. It’s one in every of our favourite drugstore lipsticks of all time for its intense shade payoff and hydration. Amazon reviewers agree — there are over 600 nice evaluations.

Kate Lipstick 111 by Rimmel London

Kate Lipstick 111 by Rimmel London

Photograph: 12 months, US Solely, all media

A balanced crimson lipstick that’s the second greatest vendor in Kate Moss’s assortment, Rimmel. Some additionally see this as a stand-in for M.A.C’s Ruby Woo.

Pink Revival by Maybelline One

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick, Red Revival

One in all Maybelline’s best-selling shades, it’s seen as the pharmacy model of M.A.C’s Russian Pink.

Dare to Naked by by Terry

BY TERRY Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge

By Terry’s best-selling shade worldwide, a pink-based nude that glides over the lips, with a mix of moisturizing hyaluronic acid and one thing referred to as “filler spheres” (which guarantees plump, moisturized shade that gained’t settle).

Scorching and Enchantress by CoverGirl

Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick

These two are CoverGirl’s best-selling shades. Scorching is commonly seen as a stand-in for both M.A.C’s Ruby Woo or Russian Pink. Enchantress is a purple-based pink.

Hevyn by Surratt Magnificence

SURRATT BEAUTY Lipslique Lipstick

This shade is Troy Surratt’s homage to his late mentor, Kevyn Aucoin. Known as a Lipslique, this product’s texture is akin to what would outcome if lip gloss and lipstick had a child. It’s Surratt’s present greatest vendor and one other My Lips However Higher shade.

Unusual Magic by Marc Jacobs Magnificence

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick

This mauve-based nude is Marc Jacobs’s best-selling shade.

Intense Nude by Estée Lauder

ESTÉE LAUDER Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Pure Shade Envy Lipsticks is Estée Lauder’s line of ultrahydrating lipsticks, formulated with hyaluronic acid and intense pigment. (Every tube clicks closed with a satisfying magnetic snap.) This balanced nude has emerged as one of many line’s greatest sellers.

Tulip by Shiseido

Shiseido Lipstick

A real pink with the slightest undertone of blue, this mild and moisturizing lipstick is a greatest vendor.

Medieval by Lipstick Queen

LIPSTICK QUEEN Medieval Lipstick

In medieval occasions, ladies used lemon to present their lips a berry-ish tint. This moisturizing lipstick hybrid takes its sheer, berry inspiration from that shade.

Uncovered by Tarte

TARTE Lippie Lingerie Matte Lip Tint

Though this shade is technically described as a nude, it’s extra of a pink-rose-brown — and a make-up artist favourite.

This text was initially revealed June 4, 2018. It has been up to date all through. In case you purchase one thing by way of our hyperlinks, New York could earn an affiliate fee.


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