If you’re going to get someone lipstick for Christmas, you can’t go wrong with one of these. We’ve rounded up twelve universally-flattering tubes to take the guesswork out of gifting—and the stress-work out of sifting. Pinky-swear, these shades look good on everybody.
1. THE CLASSIC RED
You’ll want an Old Hollywood scarlet with flattering blue undertones.
SHOP IT: L’Oréal Paris Le Matte Lip Pen in Mad for Matte, P400
2. THE BOLD ORANGE
Blood orange combines red and tangerine and complements all skin tones.
SHOP IT: Vice Cosmetics Good Vibes Lipstick in Tarush, P195
3. THE EDGY MAGENTA
The best pinks are neither too pale nor too neon, but deep and full of decadence.
SHOP IT: Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick in Hotline Bling, P349
4. THE MYSTERIOUS MAUVE
Opt for a mauve that mimics the skin on your lips—only pinker, or with a touch of lilac.
SHOP IT: L’Oreal Paris Luminous Lipstick in Blushing Berry, P400
5. THE WEARABLE WINE
Burgundy is clearly the lip du jour, and it’s especially flattering with warm red undertones.
SHOP IT: Maybelline Creamy Matte in Divine Wine, P299
6. THE PERFECT PLUM
Purple berry shades simply ooze with elegance.
SHOP IT: W7 Viva La Berry Lipstick in Summer Berry, P299
7. THE COSMOPOLITAN CARAMEL
A macchiato brown makes a girl the toast of the town.
SHOP IT: DETAIL Matte in Detail Liquid Lipstick in Loth, P225
8. THE COOL-GIRL GREIGE
Grey + beige = greige, also known as the millennial nude. It won’t make you look dead, but rather, daring.
SHOP IT: Maybelline Creamy Matte in Raw Cocoa, P299
9. THE PINKISH-NUDE
What you’re looking for is a precise blend of fleshy pink and rose-tinted taupe.
SHOP IT: Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick in XOXO, P349
10. THE PLAYFUL CORAL
Universal corals are beautifully burnt but never too bright.
SHOP IT: NYX Matte Lipstick in Sierra, P390
11. THE ROMANTIC ROSE
“Floral” pinks come in a variety of shades, but we are partial towards the dusty, dreamy, peach-blossom kind.
SHOP IT: Leiania Pretty Lips Organic Mineral Lipstick in Plum, P1,155
12. THE NEVER-LET-YOU-DOWN NEUTRAL
Four letters: MLBB.
SHOP IT: Maybelline Creamy Matte in Touch of Spice, P299
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