Keep Calm and Wear Lipstick

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Happy National Lipstick Day! In honor of today, I wanted to pay tribute to some of the most famous lipstick looks in history – perhaps it will tempt you to get extra glamorous this morning? Before we get into that though, I have some amazing news: you’re going to have to hustle to your local MAC counter today. Because the brand is giving away free lipstick!!! (Yes, free. No catch.)

Now, this deal is only available while supplies last so I would suggest arriving early. It is also only available at United States MAC stores or retailers, and the free lipstick is limited to a special selection. The only thing better than MAC lipstick is free MAC lipstick so make sure to take advantage of this offer today!

While brainstorming ideas for this post, I kept coming back to classic lipstick looks in movie history. There’s a few that I think we can all agree are completely timeless. I decided to take these looks and offer some suggestions for lipsticks if you’re interested in re-creating the look. The three lipsticks featured are at different price points, though I made sure to include a MAC one in each.

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Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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NYX Matte Lipstick – “Couture”; MAC – “Fanfare”; Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution – “Sexy Sienna”

Holly Golightly is the role that Audrey Hepburn will forever be remembered for. Her iconic little black dress in the movie has made that outfit a staple in our closets – but the reason she always looks so elegant? That light pink lipstick.

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Uma Thurman – Pulp Fiction

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – “Nighthawk”; MAC – “Film Noir”; Tom Ford – “Dark and Stormy”

Uma Thurman’s performance in Pulp Fiction evokes memories of classic film noir. The brown lipstick worn by her character Mia started a trend in the 90s. Today, it gives off an edgy, grunge style.

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Elizabeth Taylor – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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L’Oreal Colour Riche – “Ruby Flame”; MAC – “Russian Red”; Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture – “Le Rouge” 

One of the most beautiful women of all time, Elizabeth Taylor always looked gorgeous. But in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, she never looked better. Her stunning red lips proved why so many men wanted to marry her! I would consider this look to be the ultimate example of “Old Hollywood” style.

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Reese Witherspoon – Legally Blonde

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Revlon Super Lustrous – “Gentlemen Prefer Pink”; MAC – “Pink Pigeon”; Chanel Rouge Coco – “Ina”

One of my life mottos (found on Pinterest, as one does) is “Live every day like Elle Woods when Warner told her she wasn’t smart enough for law school.” Reese Witherspoon’s character showed the world that sorority girls should be taken seriously, that Chihuahuas are actually the greatest dogs ever, and that no man can resist the “Bend & Snap.” The only thing better than Elle’s optimism and ambition was her enchanting pink lipstick.

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Nicole Kidman – Moulin Rouge

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick – “Red Punch”; MAC Liptensity – “Cordovan”; Christian Louboutin – “Very Prive”

In my opinion, Baz Luhrmann will forever be one of the best directors ever for his ability to create elaborate cinematic masterpieces. But credit does also belong to Nicole Kidman for Moulin Rouge. Her portrayal of the tragic starlet Satine is fascinating to watch. Satine looks every part the star with her dark red lips. Her look is so dazzling, you can’t stop watching.

And of course, in addition to these classic looks, I have to share my personal favorite lipsticks.

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“Exposed” by Kylie Cosmetics (link)

This will always be my all-time favorite nude lipstick. It flatters my skin-tone so well (honestly, it seems to flatter everyone I’ve seen wear it) and lasts all day. I personally haven’t found the Kylie Cosmetics lip kits to be too drying but I do make sure to exfoliate and moisturize my lips prior to applying.

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“Frog Prince” by Lipstick Queen (link)

I wore green lipstick on my wedding day??? Well, kind of. The week before I got married, I picked up a tube of “Frog Prince” by Lipstick Queen after reading great reviews online. I loved the color so much, I wore it on my wedding day. Despite looking green, it actually goes on sheer to create a beautiful berry red color.

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“Kristen” by Kylie Cosmetics (link)

Red lipstick intimidates me a bit. I’m very picky on finding the perfect shade. So far, the closest one to that elusive perfect color that I’ve found has been Kristen by Kylie Cosmetics. It’s a much softer red, which I’ve found works well with my skin tone. Like Exposed, I would say this is a pretty much universally-flattering shade. I’m going to be keeping an eye on the Kylie Cosmetics website today for sales – I would recommend grabbing this one if they release any deals!

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“Why I Wear Bold Lipstick” by Gena-mour Barrett (link)

Now, finally, before you head off to that MAC counter to get your free lipstick, I have a little inspiration for you. Here is an article that I found on Buzzfeed. I hope this gives you a push to go outside your comfort zone when looking for shades. Happy National Lipstick Day everyone!

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