Here at Byrdie, we’re always on the hunt for the best lipsticks around. Why? Well, there’s nothing quite like a slick of lipstick to brighten your mood, boost your confidence or work as the perfect accessory to a low-key pair of jeans or an LBD. I called on the Byrdie editors in our L.A., NYC and London offices to reveal their pick of the best lipsticks—their lipstick soul mate, if you will. Keep scrolling to find out which lipsticks made the cut.
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Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Stoned Rose (£24): As someone who constantly has at least five lipsticks in her purse at all times, it’s difficult for me to choose just one as a favorite—each serves a different purpose, and each gives me joy. But in the spirit of celebrating the favourite child (because you know they do exist), I chose the one that is the most versatile: Charlotte Tilbury’s shade in Stoned Rose. It was one of the very first Charlotte lipsticks I ever received, and the one that spurred a long and ongoing love affair between me and the brand. It’s the perfect taupe-rose hue that complements a bare face as well as a sultry smoky eye, and also happens to look good on all skin tones, according to makeup artists. The colour payoff is magnificent, and will last through lunch, kissing, whatever. I dabble and obsess over other shades and brands, but I always come back to this one.
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo (£17): It’s iconic. It’s my go-to lipstick for nights out or when I want to make a statement during the day. You see, unlike a lot of red lipsticks, you can swipe this on in the morning and wear it stress-free thanks to the hefty pigment and long-lasting matte texture. It can withstand my green tea addiction without the need for constant touch-ups, and it brightens my complexion too.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (£20): This is my favourite. Lipstick tends to smear on my lips or look gross because I’m plagued with dry, flaky lips, but this formula looks amazing, lasts forever and doesn’t get that goopy buildup that some lipsticks do. I have one in every purse.
Burberry Full Kisses in English Rose No.529 (£24): A while back, my favourite Kiko lipstick was discontinued, and what followed was a lengthy quest to find the perfect replacement. Despite still having three of my beloved Kiko lipsticks hanging around in various handbags and drawers, I have found myself drawn more and more to this Burberry lippie. A creamy rose hue, it’s not nude, nor is it pink. It has enough colour to look like I’m wearing lipstick but not too much that it steals the show. It’s comfortable to wear and isn’t too demanding—I usually only have to reapply once during the day, and when a lipstick looks this good, you don’t mind whipping it out in public.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Nudes Collection in #045 (£6): I know this lipstick is fairly new, but it truly has quickly become my go-to. I love the natural, lightweight finish of the lipsticks in this collection. There’s nothing worse, for me, than lipstick you can just feel on your lips all day. Shade 45 is the perfect pinky-nude for a barely there, your-lips-but-better kiss of colour. It’s quite similar to a limited-edition Lancôme shade I’ve been hoarding for years, but actually I think I like this Rimmel lipstick better now.
Origins KissZing Lip Crayon in Pink Charming (£18): I do love a good red, but for everyday purposes, this is the best nude I’ve ever found. It’s the perfect colour for my lips (there are others in the range if this one doesn’t suit yours), and it enhances what I have rather than making me feel on show.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red (£20): I can’t live without this lipstick—it’s matte but doesn’t dry out your lips, long-lasting but not difficult to remove come bedtime, and a velvety mix between moody and bright. It’s a true red, perfect for my cool undertones. Plus, the shape of the pencil makes it easy to apply without any mishaps. This is my ride-or-die lipstick for life.