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        Best Lipstick for Medium-Dark Skin 2016

        Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting in Intense Nude

        Best Lipstick for Medium-Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting in Intense Nude

        A warm suede bullet delivers a shot of life.

        Estee Lauder | $30
        Best Lipstick for Dark Skin 2016

        MAC Cosmetics in Amorous

        Best Lipstick for Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        MAC Cosmetics in Amorous

        The deep mauve makes a timeless statement.

        MAC | $17
        Best Eco-Friendly Lipstick 2016

        Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

        Best Eco-Friendly Lipstick 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

        Mineral-based products may be better for the environment, but in this case, they’re better for your lips too. With Abyssinian oil and omega fatty acids, the creamy stick helps hydrate your pout while delivering a satin finish. “My clients love this line,” says Tamah Krinsky, who appreciates not only the texture but also the rich color.

        Bare Minerals | $18
        Best Lipstick for Fair Skin 2016

        Chanel Rouge Allure Intense in 91 Séduisante

        Best Lipstick for Fair Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Chanel Rouge Allure Intense in 91 Séduisante

        As opposed to beige, this neutral coaxes a healthy glow from skin.

        Chanel | $37
        Best Lipstick for Fair-Medium Skin 2016

        Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive

        Best Lipstick for Fair-Medium Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive

        Don't mistake understated for boring; the buttery petal pink is a gorgeous go-to.

        Revlon | $7
        Best Eco-Friendly Lipstick 2016

        BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie

        Best Eco-Friendly Lipstick 2016
        WINNER 2016

        BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie

        Mineral-based products may be better for the environment, but with this winner, your lips will reap some benefits too. Containing Abyssinian oil and omega fatty acids, the creamy sticks hydrate your pout while delivering a satin finish that feels as light as air, says Krinsky. The rich berry shades are the real draw. Take the rosy Get Ready, for instance: It is ultra-flattering on all skin tones thanks to its balance of cool and warm tones.

        Bare Minerals | $18
        Best Lip Crayon 2016

        Nars Lip Crayon

        Best Lip Crayon 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Nars Lip Crayon

        With the ultimate flattering pinky nude for dark skin (Bahama) and a chameleon-like black orchid that looks uniquely beautiful on just about everyone (Train Bleu), this line offers a crayon "for all complexions, from espresso to porcelain," says Kirin Bhatty. These pencils define lip lines and fill them with dense, velvety color. While the overall effect is matte, the texture isn't dry or flaky. "They contain a bit of silicone, so the sticks glide on easily," says Chinchilla. "You'll get payoff that won't look or feel cakey."

        Nars | $26
        Best Lip Stain 2016

        Benefit Benetint

        Best Lip Stain 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Benefit Benetint

        If you've had some goth-like experiences with other lip stains, remember that this makeup artist go-to for long-lasting pouts creates a "beautiful, rosy, natural flush," says Saade. Dab it on with fingers, concentrating the color at the center of your mouth for a diffused, on-trend effect.

        Benefit Cosmetics | $30
        Best Inexpensive Lipstick 2016

        NYX Matte

        Best Inexpensive Lipstick 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        NYX Matte

        This lipstick isn't just great for the price, it's just great—period, end of story, says makeup artist Tamah Krinsky, who works with Elisabeth Moss. With this affordable cream, what you see is what you get. "The colors actually appear on lips exactly as they do in the tubes," she says, adding that the formula packs staying power. It won't run into fine lines around lips, even when you're enveloped by heat and humidity. "I gift these to brides all the time," says Krinsky. "The product never dries out on the mouth."

        NYX | $6
        Best Lipstick 2016

        Nars Audacious

        Best Lipstick 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Nars Audacious

        Saturating with a single swipe, this year's hero bullet wins hearts for its intense, gorgeous colors ("the 40-piece range is outrageous," raves Bruce Grayson) and its satin-matte texture. "A lot of pigmented lipsticks can feel dry, but this one is soft and creamy," says Daniel Chinchilla. That means it doesn't emphasize flakes or fine lines around the mouth, says makeup artist Fabiola. Merci beaucoup, François Nars!

        Nars | $32
        Editor’s Pick
        Editor's Pick Eco-Friendly Lip Color

        Lilah B Lip & Cheek

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2016

        Lilah B Lip & Cheek

        "Whether dabbed over lips or cheeks, these smooth, pebble-like compacts reveal creamy pigmented tones that blend easily and look so natural." —ANGELIQUE SERRANO, BEAUTY DIRECTOR

        20% off at lilahbeauty.com from 4/15 until 5/12; use code INSTYLE20

        Lilah B | $46
        Best Lipstick for Dark Skin 2015

        Tom Ford in Deep Mink

        Best Lipstick for Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Tom Ford in Deep Mink

        A smoky nude looks slightly shy in the tube but on your mouth, imminently kissable.

        Tom Ford | $50
        Best Lipstick for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

        Revlon Super Lustrous in Nude Attitude

        Best Lipstick for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Revlon Super Lustrous in Nude Attitude

        You’ll wear this satiny nude peach every day—trust us. 

        Revlon | $7
        Best Lipstick for Fair-Medium Skin 2015

        Lancôme in Corail in Love

        Best Lipstick for Fair-Medium Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Lancôme in Corail in Love

        This ripe pink makes lips stand out, not hide in the background.

        Lancome | $29
        Best Lipstick for Fair Skin 2015

        Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

        Best Lipstick for Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

        A delicate mauve that’s two notches more saturated than your natural
        lips.

        Chanel | $36
        Best Lip Crayon 2015

        Nars Velvet Matte

        Best Lip Crayon 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Nars Velvet Matte

        Most women wisely take their time applying matte color, only to have it gunk up after their first latte. This easy-to-handle pencil makes application a cinch. And it stays. “You’d have to rub fried chicken all over your lips to get this off,” says Tasha Reiko Brown. 

        Nars | $26
        Best 2014 Lipstick for Fair Skin

        Nars in Belle de Jour

        Best 2014 Lipstick for Fair Skin
        WINNER 2014

        Nars in Belle de Jour

        With a touch of shimmer, this sheer beige has a fresh, barely there effect.

        Nars | $26
        Editor’s Pick

        Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2014

        Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks

        These multidimensional creams (in on-trend hues like Intense Nude) create the illusion of a plumper mouth - with no risk of the dreaded duck lip.
         

        Estee Lauder | $30
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