Happy National Lipstick Day: We Pick Our Favorite Shades

07/29/2014 at 12:14 PM ET

We usually share our favorite shopping picks on Tuesdays, but in honor of National Lipstick Day (yes, it’s an actual holiday!), we’re sharing our favorite lip shades. From one major Joyus find to some seriously luxe formulas and the best drugstore buys, see the pout products that have style editors puckering up (and taking tons of selfies).

Lipstick Queen, Jungle Queen lipstickCourtesy Lipstick Queen

Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style and Beauty Director: I picked up this Lipstick Queen “Jungle Queen” for two reasons: It’s a new shade from one of my favorite lipstick brands (moisturizing, never flaky) and secondly, because it reminds me of watermelon (as in, the kind Bey’s been drankin’). I’m normally a nude lip kinda girl, or maybe a classic red for certain occasions, but this pretty pink-but-not-too-saccharine color is so summery, I couldn’t resist. I’ll be wearing it all night, oh hoo oh. Sorry, couldn’t resist that either.

Andrea Lavinthal Truffle Tease Maybelline lipstickAndrea Lavinthal, Inset Maybelline

Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I hope I don’t get my beauty editor card revoked for admitting this, but I rarely wear lipstick. In fact, I hate the way color looks on my lips (yet another thing Angelina Jolie and I have in common). So on the rare occasion that I do apply lipstick, my preferred shade is very pale and beige, or as I like to call it, “sexy corpse.” Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs in “Truffle Tease” has a just a hint of peach so it doesn’t completely wash me out and despite the matte, opaque finish the formula is moisturizing so you don’t have that unattractive cakey look.

Loni Venti CoverGirl Hot 305Courtesy Loni Albert

Loni Venti, Style and Beauty Editor: As a wannabe pin-up girl, I wear red lipstick about 355 days a year. CoverGirl LipPerfection lip color in “Hot #305” is the ultimate scarlet hue — even Janelle Monae is obsessed. It looks gorg on every skin tone, never ever dries out your pout, lasts all day (honest! I usually reapply after lunch and that’s it!) and it makes your teeth look über white. Bonus: it costs less than a green juice.

Alex Apatoff Jouer SimoneCourtesy Alex Apatoff

Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: I love bright lipstick — so much so that when we were trying out lip colors with Audrina my coworkers kept sliding neon shades over, saying, “This is such an Alex color.” My favorite hue varies depending on my mood, the day, the weather … Today I’m loving Jouer’s “Simone,” a super-rich cool red that amps up my very basic outfit and makes me feel more awake. (And yes, I did my go-to lip prep routine first!)

Courtesy Jackie Fields

Jackie Fields, Writer/Reporter: There’s a perfect red for every woman, but I’m lucky enough to have two that I’ve sworn by for a few years now. For a bright pop of color during the day I swear by Rouge D’Armani “401”, an orange-red, while Rouge D’Armani 400 is my true blue rouge, my night-time go-to. When I have a few minutes to kill and I combine them (with a lip brush of course) that’s when the magic happens.

Courtesy Brittany Talarico

Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: I still feel like I’m a seven-year-old girl playing with lipstick when I put on this bright shade, which makes wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream formula in “Guilty” so much more fun. It’s the perfect hue to play up an LBD or LWD, and I know I’m on-trend while wearing it because hot pinks are all over the carpet right now. The only problem: I’m still warming up my fiancé to the statement look, but when I got out with my friends they “get it.”

What’s your favorite lipstick shade? Tell us in the comments. Plus, check out what else our editors have been loving over the past month…
What We’re Buying: Classic Carryalls, Trendy Jogger Pants and Multi-Purpose Makeup
What We’re Buying: Classic Aviators with a Twist, Sleek Designer Heels and Cutout Booties (On Sale!)
What We’re Buying: A Sweet Lace Top, a Sassy Romper and the Face Wash That Might Make Us Better People
What We’re Buying: Perfect Pumps, Eye-Catching Tees, a Game-Changing Mud Mask and Just-for-Us Shades
What We’re Buying: Summer-Friendly Shorts, Shirts and Shoes – and the Ultimate Sports Bra

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Stephanie on

sonia kashuk satin luxe lip color- currant 84

littlelune85 on

Mine´s a basic, flattering colour: Maybelline Color Sensational 615 in Summer Sunset. A very natural pinkish.

Megan on

For the most part I always gravitate towards bold shades of red but, this week I’ve discovered a new favorite that is a perfect pink hue from Lipstick Queen called “Jean Queen”. Absolutely love it!

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