The Most Flattering Lipsticks For Fair Skin At Every Budget

Even the most seasoned swatchers can get tripped up by lipstick. An iridescent highlighter will flatter most cheekbones and a sparkly shadow will add some pretty shimmer to almost any eyelid, but a seemingly simple red lip color? Definitely not a one-shade-fits-all formula.
And when your skin is on the lighter side, it can be even trickier to choose the right tone and formula that won't look loud and in-your-face (unless you're going for that, of course). The key is to consider your undertones: If yours are cooler, orange-y, peachy-based colors aren't the best fit, but a blue-based shade likely will be.
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Ahead, the pro-approved, editor-tested reds, pinks, and nudes for flattering your lips in the most natural way.
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This Dior formula is a cult favorite that lasts for hours. For those with fairer skin, this red shade is cooler in tone, but doesn't compromise in brightness.

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999 Matte Red, $35, available at Sephora.
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This is the perfect starter red lipstick. The berry stick is affordable, easy-to-use without a mirror, and punches up your natural lip color just the right amount for day or night.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout, $5.84, available at Target.
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Looking to go super bold? Meet this gorgeous, ultra-bright red that instantly wakes up your complexion (especially on fiery redheads).

Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Hot Streak, $22, available at Estée Lauder.
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Our pick for a big night out, this deep red lip stain is easy to apply and super long-wearing, but its moisture-rich formula won't dry you out.

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in 01 Always Red, $14 available at Sephora.
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"Do Me Baby" is as sexual as it gets as far as lip color names go — and especially fitting for this pencil that delivers the sexiest rose hue that walks the line between a nude and a pink.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip in Do Me Baby, $27, available at Sephora.
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If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, the E.L.F. Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude will bring out the natural pink pigment in your lips and yet look and feel like nothing.

E.L.F. Matte Lip Color in Natural, $3, available at E.L.F.
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This pinkish-lavender shade is a gorgeous cool tone that won't wash you out if paired with blush and a bit of eye makeup.

Bite Beauty Cava Lip Collection in Lilac Beige, $24, available at Sephora.
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With a twist-up applicator, this convenient stick is perfect for on-the-go application. Lettre is the loveliest pale pink that is subtly shiny and natural on lighter skin.

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lipshine in 216 Lettre, $37, available at Nordstrom.
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The perfect cross between glossy and matte, this dusty rose feels like butter on.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N9 Copper Pink - Satin, $11, available at Sephora.
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