If we’re being perfectly honest, every day is lipstick day at Byrdie HQ. If you rummage through any of our editor’s desk drawers, you’ll find an expansive array of favorite shades in all kinds of finishes and textures. Product deliveries from Lipstick Queen, Tom Ford, and Nars make us squeal aloud—and you’d better believe we immediately tear open those packages to swatch out the different hues. We’re practiced in every technique from over-lining to lip contouring, and we can rattle off the best matte formulas at the drop of a hat. Heck, we’ll just say it: We were clamoring to try Kylie’s Lip Kit just as much as anyone else was.
But that doesn’t mean we’re not happy to celebrate an entire holiday devoted to our favorite lippies—and what better way to ring it in than to count down some of our must-know tips? Keep reading to learn everything from finding your perfect shade to making your pout look bigger in 30 seconds.
Makeup artist Whitey Snyder painstakingly used several different shades of red to add dimension to Monroe‘s lips, topping it all off with highlighter on her Cupid’s bow.
While Monroe undoubtedly preferred a more glamorous, dramatic look, our modern-day version of lip contouring reads far more natural—and it’s foolproof to boot.
Color psychology says that shades of orange offer emotional strength. See which other hues to swipe on according to your mood.
We‘ve rounded up the best shades according to your Myer-Briggs type.
Countless surveys show that women wear lipstick to feel confident, and this particular factoid illustrates the power of a red pout: Studies show that during economic recessions, lippie sales still rise.
We hunted down the most nourishing lipstick formulas so you don't have to.
But it doesn’t have to be, thanks to this must-know strategy from celeb makeup artist Afton Williams.
What’s your all-time favorite shade? Leave a comment below and you might just see it appear in an upcoming Byrdie story!