3 Drugstore Lipsticks That Are Flattering on Everyone
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There are so many great lipsticks with moisturising formulas, super-pigmented colour payoffs, and flattering shades. To narrow down the choices, we spoke to a bevy of different makeup artists about the shades they love that look good on everyone. But we realised many of those options were on the splurge-y end of the spectrum, and you deserve a few more budget-friendly options. So since you asked, we delivered!
Keep reading for the drugstore lipsticks that look good on everyone (as well as some tips for choosing the best shade for you).
Makeup artist: Jessica Hoffman
Clients: Karlie Kloss, Jane Lynch, Rachel Hunter, Colbie Caillat
Her pick: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor ($24)
"It's by far one of the easiest, smoothest, prettiest matte lipsticks I've ever tried. I especially love Seduction—it's the ultimate I-woke-up-like-this colour—for light to medium skin tones and Forever for darker skin tones."
Makeup artist: Michael Anthony
Clients: Rita Ora, Brooke Candy, Victoria Justice
His pick: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Perennial Pink ($25)
"It's flattering for different skin tones because the blue undertone of the lipstick. Also, you can apply just a sheer layer for shine and glow or build the colour for a more saturated effect—depending on your complexion or the occasion. It's easy to use with your other favourite lip products, liners, and glosses so it's easily customisable."
Makeup artist: Ermahn Ospina
Clients: Rosario Dawson, Carla Gugino, Darby Stanchfield
His pick: Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Nude Collection Lipstick in #42 ($13)
"This beautiful pink-y beige looks great on every skin tone. I've used it on so many different clients. It is amazing to compliment a smoky eye or a more natural makeup look. Plus, its fashionable package and great price makes it a great drugstore find."
Do you have any favourites to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!