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5 Classic Lipstick Shades Every Woman Must Own!

Updated on August 1, 2014

As women, we know how important lipsticks are for us and we also know how difficult it is to select a shade that will go with everything. Well, the bad news, ladies, is that you cannot have a single shade that goes with every dress and mood. The good news, though, is that you need only 5 shades to accomplish this. With these 5 shades on your dressing table, you’re sure to have picture perfect lips on every occasion, whether it’s a casual outdoor brunch, a formal meeting with the board of directors, or a romantic date with your special someone. Here a 5 classic lip shades that you must own!

Natural Nude:

Nude lipsticks are perfect for an understated look. When worn with a bit of lip gloss, this shade can make your lips look extremely sexy. If worn smartly, it is perfect for both, casual and formal occasions.

For evening/night wear, pair nude lips with a bold eye makeup look, like a Smokey Eyes look. For daytime wear, highlight your eyes with a line of dark kajal. For a more interesting look, apply on a gel-based, coloured eyeliner. Check out the L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Gel Matic Eyeliner range. It has some attractive eyeliner shades.

Image courtesy: angelicamartinsblog
Image courtesy: angelicamartinsblog

Fiery Red:

A perfect red pout can make onlookers stop in their tracks. If worn correctly, this classic shade adds sophisticated charm to your look. However, selecting the right shade of red can prove to be a challenge. Here is an article that helps you do this with ease: How to Get Perfect Red Lips?

Red lipstick looks great for formal dinners and parties. When wearing red lipstick, let your lips be the only facial feature to be highlighted. Go easy on the rest of your makeup. Opt for a nude look, with only your eyes highlighted with a bit of eyeliner and mascara.

Some of our leading ladies from the film industry were seen sporting this lip color. View these images to draw inspiration from their looks:

Bold Lips from Bold Ladies: Red Carpet Makeup Trend Alert

Image courtesy: glamour 5
Image courtesy: glamour 5

Mellow Maroon / Plum:

This is a great option if you have to attend a formal meeting or professional get-together. Maroon/plum lipsticks look great on most skin tones. They exude a mature, sophisticated appeal without seeming overly loud or bold. Since these shades fall on the deeper, mellower end of the spectrum, you can get creative with your eye and face makeup.

Gold accessories look great with this lip color. So do beige, black and white outfits.


Beautiful Brown:

Brown lip shades exude subtle elegance. Depending on your skin tone, select a light or dark brown shade. Mahogany, Mocha, Cinnamon and Taupe are popular brown shades that look good too. When applying brown lipstick, you can either choose to pursue the nude look or highlight your eyes by trying out an elaborate eye makeup look. Another good option is to highlight your cheekbones with dark blush and to keep the rest of your makeup subtle.

Brown lipstick is great for daily wear. It also looks good with traditional outfits. Choose a matte shade for day wear and apply a bit of gloss for night-time wear.

Image courtesy: hautetalk
Image courtesy: hautetalk

Pretty Peach/Coral:

Peach and coral lipsticks exude a delightful, girlish charm. They brighten up your face, making you look fresh and beautiful. When wearing this lipstick shade, go for the elegant, understated look. Highlight your eyes with a well-drawn line of dark eye-liner and plump up your lashes with some water-proof mascara. Brush on some rosy pink blush on your cheeks and you’re good to go!

Perfect for day-time wear, these lipsticks are ideal for a Sunday brunch or a lunch date with your friends.

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Image courtesy: pinterest

Hope you liked these suggestions. Are there any shades you swear by? Share your favourites in the comments section below.


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    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @Jasmeetk: I'm glad you liked the colours. Time to stack up on some now! :)

      @DDE: Three out of five is great! The more shades you have, the more you can experiment so maybe you should get those other two too. :) Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like all these shades and but only have the first three colors.

    • Jasmeetk profile image

      Jasmeet Kaur 

      4 years ago from India

      I really like the bold red shade!! Other shades are also good!!

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @FlourishAnyway: True that. Plum is such a deliciously mellow shade that is looks great on a range of outfits and makeup looks. Hang on to that lipstick tube there! :)

      @Sachin001: Such a sweet comment. Thank you for stopping by and I'm sure all these shades will look great on your beautiful wife!

    • sachin001 profile image


      4 years ago from India

      Great lips and great shades. Love them all and will definitely recommend these to my pretty wife.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      I love plum myself, as it's not overly loud but still an attention-grabber.


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