5 classic shades of lipstick every woman should own

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5 classic shades of lipstick every woman should own

Every girl needs a good shade of red in her arsenal, but which one to choose? We happen to like (pictured left to right) Christian Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Trafalgar, Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Pomegranate, and for girls who prefer a darker hue like burgundy, Lorac's Alter Ego Lipstick in Dominatrix

Smoke Bush leaves from Adore Floral NYC

Orange is the it color for lipstick right now. True orange, neon orange, sheer orange -- no matter how you wear it, it'll be in style. For a tamer look, try Make Up For Ever in Rouge Artist Natural N51 (available at Sephora in August 2014). For brights, go with Burberry Lip Glow Balm in Orange Poppy (center), or Christian Dior Rouge Dior in Rendez-vous (left)

'Free Spirit' Rose from Adore Floral NYC

Hot pink is a pretty shade for summer, but it's been trending across all seasons lately. If you're not feeling daring, Christian Dior Rouge Dior in Rose Tutu (center) is always nice. For blindingly hot pink shades, we like Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Showgirl (left) and Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Vidal (right).

Celosia from Adore Floral NYC

Purple, you say? Well, yes -- it's always useful to have a darker, vampy shade of lipstick in your drawer. You never know when you may need it. Try (left to rightBite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Mulberry, Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Jet Setter, and Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame

Nigella from Adore Floral NYC

Versatile and wearable for everyday, we think nude just may be the new red when it comes to lipstick. A pretty shade just a touch lighter than your skin tone makes for the perfect natural look. Staff favorites include Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Socialite, Burberry Lip Cover in Nude Rose, and Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N52 (available at Sephora in August 2014)

Anthurium from Adore Floral NYC


With fall coming up, what better a time than now to revive your beauty arsenal? Surely there's makeup you've had in there for far too long (we're certainly guilty of this ourselves). The easiest items to clear out first? Lipsticks! We bet you've got a whole collection of them, but do you really need every single one? We've found that a carefully edited selection of lipsticks, containing just the right shades for you, makes rooting through your makeup drawer so much easier.

We've narrowed down your options to just five classic shades (OK, some are borderline trendy, too), and picked a few favorites from brands we love. Pick a hue from each color family (one red, one pink...you get the picture!), and we swear you'll find you don't need anything else in your collection.

Oh, and those flowers in the backdrop? They're just there for fun, but aren't they so pretty? We chose five classically beautiful flowers, kind of like the five classic shades of lipstick you need in your life. Click through the gallery to them all.

Flowers provided by Adore Floral Inc.
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