From Tom Ford To Chanel: Our Beauty Editor’s Pick: The Best Five Cult Lipsticks

Katrina Lawrence

Beauty Writer

Apr 10, 2021

Lipsticks come and go, but some stay the test of time and trends because they’re simply fabulous colours.

Watch the video on The Best Five Cult Lipsticks to find out the five buys every self-respecting lipstick wardrobe should own …

Here are our beauty editor’s picks for cult lipsticks

Mac Lipstick in Marange looks scary bright in the tube but it easily dabs on for a pretty coral stain. It’s also intense for an instant party look and that’s why it always turns up on the catwalk.

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Huge in the 1990s when Liv Tyler was a fan, Clinique Almost Lipstick In Black Honey was one of the first balm stains that have been so popular over the decades. This lipstick is now a classic for the way it gives lips a perfect plum berry like look. It can be easily built up for impact.

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No one does lipstick as well as Yves Saint Laurent. My favourite is YSL Rouge Per Culture in No 7 Fuschsia. This is the ones fashion insiders like Carinne Roitfeld will reach out for a hot look with a black dress.

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Pink Dusk. There are several cult buys in Tom Ford’s range of lipsticks. But Pink dusk is my pink as it is the perfect nude, a balance of beige and pink. It looks great with a minimally made up face or worked back to smoky eyes. It works particularly well and happens to be Cate Blanchett’s favourite lipstick.

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This is a very cool-toned, medium red with a pearl finish.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate is an ultra glamorous red that regularly pops up on the red carpet. Being blue based, it compliments fair skin well but it also compliments darker skin. It also makes teeth look whiter and brighter which is an added bonus.

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By Katrina Lawrence

Beauty Writer

Katrina Lawrence has specialized in beauty journalism for more than 20 years. After starting her career as the beauty and lifestyle editor of Cleo magazine, she then went on to help launch SHOP Til You Drop magazine, where she held he reins as deputy editor/beauty director for several years. Next came a freelance role, based in both New York and Sydney and writing for titles including madison, Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and Sunday Life and Katrina is one of Australia’s most awarded beauty writers, having won over ten industry awards. She now lives in Paris, where she wrote the book Paris Dreaming.



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