Lipstick can be intimidating. If you don’t usually wear it, there’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to which to pick and when to wear it. But! If you ask me, there are some basic lip colors that every girl should have in her arsenal.
The Classic Bombshell Red Lipstick
For: Photos with your girls, the will-he-kiss-me-if-I’m-wearing-lipstick test, and any time you need to feel like a bad bee-yotch.
How to wear it: Make it the focus of your makeup look. Be sure you have freshly-exfoliated lips before applying, and keep a lip liner in a matching or coordinating shade handy for perfecting the line and tweaking throughout hours of wear.
My fave of the moment: Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick, “Bang-Bang” ($24)
The Sweeter-than-Pie Pink Lip Gloss
For: Daily wear to a conservative office, a first date, and whenever you can’t get to a mirror to touchup.
How to wear it: Simply swipe and go! This versatile lip goes with any and every occasion.
My fave of the moment: Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer, “Life in Photographs” ($22)
The I-Do-What-I-Want Offbeat Lipstick
For: The days you just want to go a little wild.
How to wear it: Do your normal face of makeup…and apply as you would any other lip. For a lip like this, I’d say it’s pretty important to make sure you’re wearing a full face, unlike the look you may wear with the above option.
My fave of the moment: Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick, “Chill Zone” ($24)
The Dinner-and-Drinks Neutral Lipstick
For: Dinners with the in-laws, big work meetings or presentations, and any time you want the world to know you mean business.
How to wear it: Keep makeup classic and clean. Simple, dark eyeliner, dewy complexion, combed and kept brows.
My fave of the moment: Lipstick Queen Silver Screen, “You Kid” ($50)
Did we miss one that you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comments!