5 Essential Lipstick Shades | Clozette
No matter how small or vast your makeup collection is, you can't argue with the fact that lipsticks should generally form the bulk of it. After all, once you have your selection of primers, foundations, and powders down pat, all you really need next is a reliable selection of lipsticks that can transform your overall look from drab to fab in an instant. 

Here is our selection of 5 essential lipstick shades to have in your collection.

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Reliable Nude


A good nude shade that doesn't wash you out is a definite must-have in our books. It's perfect to pair with a heavy, smoky eye or an eye-look that incorporates a lot of bright colours. To get the perfect nude, pick a colour that matches your skin's undertone. So a nude shade that leans more yellow or orange, would work great for those with yellow undertones; while a shade that leans more pink would be great for those with pink undertones.

Romantic Red


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No other lipstick shade can match the bold statement of a signature red lip. A quick swipe of red is probably one of the quickest way to look a bit more put-together while in a hurry. Match a red lip with a soft smoky eye or wear it on its own with a powdered face and bold brows.



Sweet Pink


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For days when you want to channel your inner girly-girl, a sweet shade of pink is the lipstick of choice. While there may be a wide selection of pinks to choose from--from pale pinks to bright, neon pinks--we just love how a good pink lipstick that matches your skin tone brightens your face instantly without looking too bold and in your face. It's the perfect shade to wear in the day, whether at work or at school.



Soft Orange


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There is something about orange lipsticks that seem to bring a touch of bronze to your skintone. So if you're feeling a bit pale and want to instantly add a hint of sun-kissed colour to your face, reach for an orange lipstick. 



Dark & Vampy


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The fall and winter seasons are all about the dark, vampy lips. While we may not have either seasons in our region, that isn't stopping us from keeping a vampy colour handy. It's definitely one of those statement lipsticks for special night-outs, paired with nude eyeshadow and bold eyeliner. 



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For a makeup lover, one of the main things in your itinerary during a trip to Korea would be to spend hours looking through beauty aisles and stocking up on products that are at times either difficult to find around our region or are just a lot more affordable to purchase locally in Korea. 


So since we're giving away a Trip for 2 to Korea to a lucky Clozetter this December, we thought we'd put together a list of 5 makeup brands to check out if you ever find yourself in Korea and ready to embark on a huge makeup haul! 


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Innisfree




If you're all about pure, natural ingredients, then Innisfree is definitely a brand that you need to get your hands on. While mainly a skincare brand known for its eco-friendly products, its makeup (specifically their BB creams, mineral bases, and eyeliners) are some of the best around given its price point. Since they focus on natural ingredients for all their products, their makeup should be top-of-the-list for those with sensitive-skin or are just looking to add more natural products to their makeup collection.

eSpoir




eSpoir is one of those brands that is able to look at what is currently being hyped about in the makeup market and recreate their own version of it. If you're looking for a more affordable alternative to high-end Western or Asian brands, drop by the nearest eSpoir store and stock up on their range of foundation, lip stains, and makeup tools. 



Missha



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Known for their much hyped about M Perfect Cover BB cream, Missha focuses on quality essentials at affordable prices. While they've already hit global markets with stores (both onground and online) hitting as far as the US, nothing beats shopping at a Missha store right in Korea. Stock up on their BB creams, cushions, primers; and while you're at it, go ahead and grab their range of equally affordable skincare products. We highly recommend their Deep Cleansing Oil.



VDL




Makeup is all about quality and colour-payoff and VDL is a brand that doesn't disappoint, especially for those looking for vibrant, modern colours with an impeccable makeup finish. Unlike most Korean packaging, VDL also stands out from the rest with its sleek packaging reminiscent of MAC--perfect for those who would rather not whip-out bright pink packaging when out in public.



3 Concept Eyes




A cosmetic brand launched by Stylenanda, 3CE focuses on creating individual looks for women based on three ever-flattering colour palettes: pink, orange, and beige. While you can purchase 3CE products online, it's always fun to go through the whole let-me-swatch-everything-on-my-hand process when browsing through makeup products. We highly recommend their range of blushers and crayon eye-colour to add to your collection.



Want to go to Korea and stock-up on the latest Korean makeup products? Then, you're in luck because we're giving away a Trip for 2 to Korea, with US$2,400 shopping money!


Click here for more details


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With its scotch browns, shimmering nudes, gilded golds and rich scarlet shades in beautifully packaged classic croc and tortoiseshell palettes, the collection spells sexy, strong and confident. And since it was also inspired by film icon Lauren Bacall, what else can you expect but a sophisticated and classy collection? 

Choose from limited edition eye palettes, highlighters that give you a warmed-by-the-fireside glow, lipsticks in luxe gold cases, lip glosses and brush sets to create holiday-ready looks for any occasion.
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