The 7 Most Classic Lipstick Colors of All Time

Celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson tells us why this color is so "Old Hollywood," and he also used it in our GIF tutorial: "This bright red with a hint of blue is great for an Old Hollywood power pout and makes me think of the glamorous show The Women."

The Reds

One of the three best-selling reds by M.A.C (the others being Ruby Woo and Lady Danger), this is a cherry red that leans the slightest bit toward orange.

The Oranges

The fact that Hailey Bieber doesn't hide how she does her makeup is all thanks to TikTok. She talked about her favorite lip color in a recent video. It was the Charlotte Tillbury Matte Lipstick and the Anywhere Caffeine Lip Liner from Make Up For Ever.

The Nudes

Makeup artist Jaime Diaz loves a lip palette for the versatility it offers, and the M.A.C Pro Lip Palette is his favorite. “The formula is so versatile for bold lips to an eye shade or even blush,” he says.

The Pinks


This is one of Allan’s favorite shades. “Love this brown nude shade. It’s a little bit of a ’90s shade but modern. Looks great on most skin tones and the texture is so smooth and has a satin finish. Makes the lips look plump and healthy!”

The Browns

Okay, we get it—naked lipstick is hard to find. But this one is famous for looking good on everyone. This color is also liked by celebrities like Amal Clooney and Emma Roberts.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution, Pillow Talk

A stunning hue like this is the very definition of sexiness. This particular hue is the most popular option for those who are seeking for a rich plum color.

Tom Ford Lip Color, Bruised Plum