While it’s fun to buy trendy and random lipstick colors, stocking up on the classics is a must for those who want hues that will never go out of style. How many shades have you bought that now just sit in your drawer? And now you’re stuck with a lipstick hue you won’t ever use anymore? The classics are classics for a reason — because they are tried and true, look great on a variety of skin tones, and have proven to be beauty essentials.
There are a handful of lipsticks that every self-respecting makeup artist has in their cosmetics arsenal, and that are personal favorites for women everywhere. From MAC’s Ruby Woo to L’Oréal’s Fairest Nude, we have put together an essential list of lip colors that you can rest assured will be popular forever. While many publications focus on just reds or nudes (be sure to check out our roundups on each!), we included a variety of hues that will suit a variety of tastes, skin tones, and budgets — check em out!