The Celeb-Approved Lipstick Shades You Need Now


Perennially interested in copping beauty tips from Tinseltown’s finest, we regularly consult with our celebrity makeup artist cohorts for the inside scoop. Craving a spring-ready refresh in our lipstick arsenal, we found inspiration on stars like Kate Hudson and Kerry Washington, who have already taken certain shades for a test drive (which they’ve passed with flying colors, of course). Here, seven pros weigh in on formulas they’re loving for their A-list clients—starting at just $7.

Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm in Amaretto Swirl


Laura Mercier

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"While I normally tend to go with bright pops of color, I've been obsessing over Laura Mercier's Lip Parfait in Amaretto Swirl. The formula is ultra moisturizing, a little bit shiny, and the color seems to look good on just about anyone—it's like the color of your lips but better. I used it on Emily Blunt at the Oscars." —Jenn Streicher

Phyto-Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Passion


Sisley Paris

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"I love the Sisley lipstick I used on Amber Heard at the Golden Globes—it delivers long-lasting staying power and is super hydrating. The rich pigment is great, and the bright color really makes a statement." —Melanie Inglessis

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude



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"Nude lipstick can be tricky, as finding the right shade can be challenging. Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude is a great soft pink-nude that complements medium to dark skin tones. It's most flattering when worn with strong, sexy eye makeup. I used it on Kerry Washington for the Oscars." —Carola Gonzalez

Matte Revolution in Glastonberry


Charlotte Tilbury

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"I love being rebellious in the spring and going for a girly-goth lip instead of a pink one. One of my favorite colors is Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in Glastonberry, which I used on Krysten Ritter for the Costume Designers Guild Awards. It balanced out and anchored her super-feminine gown." —Amy Nadine

Hydra Chic Original Lipstick in Fairy Moss



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"Highly hydrating lipsticks are perfect when you want a natural pout. The sheerness of this Chantecaille lipstick, which I used on Kate Hudson at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, accentuates the lip color and texture naturally and beautifully." —Melanie Inglessis

Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Wonderland



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"I used Dior's Addict Fluid Stick in Wonderland on Jaime King at New York Fashion Week. I love this formula because the color payoff is amazing—it's super saturated like a lipstick but has the shine of a gloss. Its long-wearing and weightless formula is perfect because it doesn't feel like you have a lot of product on." —Kira Nasrat

Rouge Coco Stylo in Script



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"I used Chanel's Rouge Coco Stylo in Script on Anne Hathaway for the Vanity Fair Oscars party this year, and I love how healthy and modern it looked when paired with a strong black matte eye." —Kate Lee

Rimmel London The Only One Lipstick in Best Of The Best



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"I love Rimmel London's new The Only One lipsticks—the range includes rich shades that keep the lips hydrated and comfortable yet deliver longwear durability. I used the Best of the Best shade on Emmy Rossum for the Golden Globes this year. I love how the color is so striking and solid yet still shows a soft sheen in the center of her lip." —Jo Baker