5 Essential Lipstick Shades

Add these lipstick shades to your makeup collection!

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.


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

by VivianEng

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

by melndrums

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

by HazelCruz

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

by axdelwen

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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