These Chantecaille Lip Shades Are Makeup Artists’ Best-Kept Red Carpet Secret

We're breaking down everything from Thandie Newton’s nude lip to Emma Robert’s pink pout

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If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of awards shows. But more specifically, you probably can’t get enough awards show beauty looks. It’s where celebrity makeup artists debut the best-of-the-best products after trying hundreds of liners and lipsticks.

The red carpet is where the Byrdie editors discover some of our all-time favorite products, and more often than not, it’s the lip that steals the show. Ever see your favorite celebrity floating down the red carpet in the perfect pinky nude? Or catch a glimpse of them sipping champagne in-between award presentations and find that their lipstick is still completely flawless? Chances are, it was a Chantecaille lip product. From the brand’s glossy Lip Chic to its award-winning Brilliant Gloss (Angelina Jolie even applied it on-air at the Oscars), makeup artists have put Chantecaille all over the red carpet.

Below, discover the makeup artists who swear by Chantecaille for their big red carpet debuts, plus our six favorite looks to bless the red carpet over the years.

1. Jenn Streicher

Emily Blunt

This year saw the return of the Met Gala, and with it, the return of masterful makeup craft from artists like Jenn Streicher. This year, she chose to pair client Emily Blunt’s white gown with Chantecaille’s Le Matte Stylo in shade Snapdragon—the perfect pinky nude to bring lips to life while maintaining a natural look.

2. Fiona Stiles

Gabrielle Union

Also lending her talents to the Met Gala red carpet this year was Fiona Stiles, a legendary makeup artist who has created looks for red carpets, editorial shoots, and brand campaigns alike. For the first Monday in May—I mean… second Monday in September—she chose to build a baby pink base with super staying power on Gabrielle Union (it’s Chantecaille’s Le Matte Stylo creamy matte crayon in shade Meadowsweet) topped with the brand’s Brilliant Gloss—a high-shine, non-sticky formula—in shade Blithe. Here, Le Matte Stylo serves as a base of velvety color to expand Union’s lip shape and shade, while the pop of Brilliant Gloss at the center of her lips helps create dimension and long-lasting shine. When used in tandem, both products help create the look of plumper, more pigmented lips.

3. Jillian Dempsey

Jennier Anniston

In 2018, the one and only Jillian Dempsey hand-selected Chantecaille’s Lip Stick in shade Mirage to pair with Jennifer Aniston’s strapless black gown and peachy cheeks at the Golden Globes. If you’ve never tried Lip Stick, it’s a cult favorite amongst the Byrdie editors; it’s the perfect lipstick formula, featuring comfortable staying power (no flaking) and vibrant, intense color in a swingle swipe.. (No wonder Dempsey chose it for Aniston to wear through an evening of sipping, small talk, and presenting into a microphone.)

4. Georgie Eisdell

Thandie Newton

Curious how Mirage might look on a deeper skin tone than Jennifer Aniston’s? You’re in luck—it’s also beloved by Georgie Eisdell, who chose the Lip Stick shade for Thandie Newton to wear during the 2019 Golden Globes. The nourishing formula is enriched with vitamins C and E, so it goes on velvety smooth and is ultra pigmented—ideal for the perfect photo finish.

5. Jo Baker

Lucy Boynton

Celebrity makeup artist Jo Baker is a lip legend, so it’s high praise that she used Chantecaille’s Lip Chic on beauty icon Lucy Boynton for the 2019 Oscars. Using shade Wisteria of the lipstick-gloss hybrid, Baker was able to create a monochromatic look with luminous dimension that stems from the lips.

6. Nikki DeRoest

Emma Roberts

For the 2019 Met Gala, Emma Roberts’ famed makeup artist Nikki DeRoest opted to create a monochromatic moment, from that tulle gown to her rich, rosy pink lips. Luckily, we know the exact shade of lipstick that DeRoest reached for in her beauty arsenal. It’s Chantecaille’s Lip Veil—a lipstick infused with skin-loving ingredients—in shade Pink Lotus. Because of the baobab oil, argan oil, and wild mango butter found in the formula, Lip Veil is an excellent choice if you have particularly dry lips (hello, winter), but that doesn’t mean it skimps on color payoff. Lip Veil delivers striking color and the subtlest shine—just look at Roberts’ lip look—sans the drying effects of traditional lipsticks. 

The red carpet appearances don’t stop there. Chantecaille’s assortment of lip products have also been used by makeup artists like Naoko Scintu, Georgie Eisdell, Angela Levin, Kay Montano, Melanie Inglessis, and Fiona Stiles on celebrity clientele like Florence Pugh, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Rosamund Pike, and Zoey Deutch. Ready to get the look yourself? Discover these makeup artists’ Chantecaille lip picks here.