Best Lipsticks to Celebrate National Lipstick Day

July 15, 2020

Let your lips do the talking with the best lipsticks

National Lipstick Day is everything. It’s the day you wait in line to get a free MAC lipstick, all the best sales are happening, and it’s socially acceptable to wear three different lip shades in one day. Though we definitely support making that a more regular thing. But most of all, it’s a celebration of the best lipsticks that are always there for us, letting beauty lovers around the world express their creativity and receive a major confidence boost the second they swipe on a red (or pink, or nude) lipstick. But not all lipsticks are created equal, and you want the best products in your beauty collection to make sure you’re always covered. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of all the different types of lipstick you need to honor National Lipstick Day, whether you’re a gloss girl or avid lover of nude shades. Read on to find your new ride-or-dies and put your best pout forward,

Red Lipstick

Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo by MAC, $19

Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo by MAC
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National Lipstick Day wouldn’t be complete without mention of this iconic shade, as the name alone is just as famous as the superstars who wear it. A bombshell red with blue undertones and a matte finish, Ruby Woo is one of the best-selling lipsticks in the world, and looks stunning on nearly all skin tones and types. Don’t believe us? It’s beloved by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, and Rihanna. In fact, Rihanna even collaborated with MAC in 2013 to launch her own version of the color, called “RiRi Woo.” Makeup artists and experts around the world have praised Ruby Woo, and there’s a good chance at least a few stars are wearing it at every award show or movie premiere. If it’s good enough for the red carpet, it’s definitely good enough for work or a night out!

Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bawse by Smashbox, $24

Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bawse by Smashbox
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Red lipstick is all about feeling classy and confident, and this lipstick by Smashbox will do just that… all while feeling lightweight, hydrating, and long-lasting on your lips. The shade Bawse is a deep red, and may appear to be a bit more dating than the bright, bombshell red of Ruby Woo, but don’t let that scare you. This hue still looks lovely on all skin tones, and is one of our favorite universal lipsticks that fits every individual and occasion.

Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored by Fenty Beauty, $25

Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored by Fenty Beauty
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Let’s just talk about Rihanna. Like, even more than we already do. Her brand Fenty Beauty is loved in the beauty community for their sparkly highlighters and glossy lippies, but they also make one of the most pigmented, pretty yet sexy red lipsticks that makes you simply ooze confidence. Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored has rich color, major hydration, and feels ultra-lightweight on your lips no matter how long you’ve been wearing it. One of our favorite reviews? “This lipstick is my holy grail. Goes on smooth, doesn’t dry out my lips, stays ALL DAMN DAY even after eating a big meal.” Speaking of that last part, you’ll go from eating snacks to being the snack once you get your hands on Stunna Lip Paint.

Matte Lipstick

Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick by Maybelline, $6

Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick by Maybelline
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No flakes allowed. On National Lipstick Day and always, you deserve the best lipstick to give your pout a flawless matte finish, without flaking, cracking, or drying out your lips. And of course, Maybelline is always here to provide affordable drugstore lipstick favorites, at the same quality and less than half the cost of luxury products. Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick is a great dupe for the Color Design Lipstick by Lancôme, with higher ratings for consistency and lightweight texture.

Powermatte Lip Pigment by NARS, $39

Powermatte Lip Pigment by NARS
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If there’s one word to describe the Powermatte Lip Pigment, it’s romantic. The shades range from rich reds to deep lilac and rose brown, and the intense color feels smooth, soft, and serene on your lips. The best part? This lipstick is so long-lasting, our community reviews report that it lasts through all the good food, good times, and even date night kisses. A smooch proof lipstick that delivers a burst of marvelous matte color in one swipe without flaking, smudging, or cracking? Let us treat ourselves to all the shades on National Lipstick Day.

MatteTrance Lipstick by Pat McGrath Labs, $38

MatteTrance Lipstick by Pat McGrath Labs
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Glamour is a guarantee with MatteTrance, a creamy lipstick that looks even more gorgeous on you than it does in its black-lacquered couture casing. The opulent matte formula is all kinds of elegant, and you won’t believe how pigmented it looks on your lips while feeling so comfortable and weightless. Oh, and it’s available in 30+ colors to mix and match with your days and outfits… once you get one, you’ll want to start collecting them all.  

Nude Lipstick

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury, $34

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury
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A sensual shade that suits all skin tones, you need Pillow Talk in your life. It’s a creamy, soft pink hue that works effortlessly when doing the “no makeup” makeup look, but can also top off a killer smokey eye. How can one color be so versatile? That’s just the power of nude lipstick. No matter where or how you’re spending National Lipstick Day, it’s always the right time to show off your pout with one of the best lipsticks for subtle glam.

Vice Lipstick in Naked by Urban Decay, $19

Vice Lipstick in Naked by Urban Decay
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We love tints and liquid lipsticks as much as the next person, but sometimes you’re just in the mood for a classic bullet. Look no further than Vice Lipstick by Urban Decay, which features a spectrum of sultry nude shades for all occasions. Our favorite is Naked, a sweet pink nude that enhances your best features with a natural pop of color. Vice Lipstick is also infused with Vitamins C and E, plus aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils to make your looks feel soft and nourished. Wear it for all day color, hydration, and compliments from your friends.  

Artist Rouge Lipstick in Pearly Rosewood by Make Up For Ever, $22

Artist Rouge Lipstick in Pearly Rosewood by Make Up For Ever
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Close your eyes, and imagine that dusty rose nude lip that seems to look stunning on everybody. You know the one we’re talking about - half pink, half brown, but 100% gorgeous. That’s what Pearly Rosewood is. Achieve your most perfect pout with this lovely hue, which also happens to have top ratings for staying power and hydration.

Lip Gloss

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer by Fenty Beauty, $19

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer by Fenty Beauty
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Let’s be real, very few lippies compare to Gloss Bomb. The cult favorite makes you look sweet and sultry at the same time, delivering a sparkly boost of color in one swipe that your hair won’t stick to once you step outside. While it looks incredibly sheer on your lips, it’s this subtle glam that somehow makes every outfit and lets you feel as bad and beautiful as RiRi. Which you totally are, by the way. Do yourself a favor and buy all six shades on National Lipstick Day, you deserve it.

Gloss Angeles Lip Gloss by Smashbox, $20

Gloss Angeles Lip Gloss by Smashbox
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Put on your sunglasses and lip gloss and pretend you’re a Kardashian, because you’re about to take a trip to Gloss Angeles. Each of these shimmery shades is inspired by the City of Angels, and you’ll feel like a star the second this moisturizing, non-sticky formula touches your lips. Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E hydrate your lips in all types of weather (especially the California sun, hint hint!) while this gloss even has a light-refracting shine that gives the illusion of a plumper pout. How LA is that?

L'absolu Gloss by Lancôme, $25

L'absolu Gloss by Lancôme
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Looking for the best lipsticks to make you feel fancy? Well, this one is a gloss… but it feels luxurious and lightweight on your lips while providing a subtle shine. Splurge on National Lipstick Day and try this vitamin-infused, hydrating gloss that will satisfy all your makeup desires. You can wear it alone or over a solid lipstick shade for an amplified shimmer.

Liquid Lipstick

Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick by Too Faced, $21

Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick by Too Faced
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Like nearly everything Too Faced does, Melted Matte is a mesmerizing mix of elegant and extra that will help you celebrate National Lipstick Day in the best way. It’s not just the variety of vivid hues with cheeky names - Cool Girl, Queen B, and Sell Out, just to name a few - that catches your eye, but also the fact that this is one of the best lipsticks to give you the full perfect pout experience. Melted Matte is formulated with Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres to make your lips feel moisturized for hours, in addition to Volulip for a mini lip filler session - no needles or downtime required.

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick by Stila, $22

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick by Stila
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It really does stay all day guys, we promise. You’re in for a wild glide with one of the best lipsticks for long-lasting, lightweight color that you can rock just about anywhere. Work, school, the gym, hot yoga…wherever you choose to show your style on National Lipstick Day, this product will look just as perfect after your session. And just like Melted Matte by Too Faced, this liquid lipstick is enriched with Avocado Oil and Vitamin E to keep lips matte and moisturized.

Liquid Matte Lipstick by e.l.f., $6

Liquid Matte Lipstick by e.l.f.
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“Where have you been all my makeup-loving life?” - you to the Liquid Matte Lipstick by e.l.f on National Lipstick Day, probably. Let’s just talk about e.l.f, and how this $6 product is one of the best lipsticks you’ll ever wear. The drugstore brand is known for making the best affordable beauty products around, and the Liquid Matte Lipstick won’t let you down. A few community guests write that the drugstore matte lipstick is so lightweight that they can barely even feel it on their lips, while others talk about how it stays on all day while keeping lips moisturized. Choose from 11 creamy colors that put the “L” in e.l.f on National Lipstick Day.

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