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My Top 5 Everyday Lipsticks + Tips To Find Your Perfect Shades

my top 5 everyday lipsticks and tips to find your perfect shades

Everyday lipsticks are a must in every makeup lover’s kit. It is essential to have shades you can rely on a day-to-day basis and in almost any season or occasion.

Over the last 3 years, I’ve grown to have my preferences when it comes to everyday lipsticks with these 3 categories in mind: color, formula, and longevity.

  1. Color – My natural lip color has a muted pink shade and I have medium skin tone with neutral to warm undertones. Hence, I prefer colors between brown, pink, peach, and mauve for everyday wear.
  2. Formula – Because I have full lips, I find less shiny ones more flattering so mattes and satin are my go-to finishes. It has to be non-drying, smooth, comfortable and pigmented.
  3. Longevity – It has to stay put for a good amount of time that means one reapplication should be enough for the whole day.

Now here are 5 of my current handy-dandy everyday lipsticks. (Side note: There are only two brands on this list which was not intended. It just happened these really stand out for me.)

MAC Cosmetics Persistence (Matte) – This is one of the most used and abused. Described as peachy cinnamon, it’s my perfect nude brown shade which goes with any makeup look. I’ve worn it several times on the selfies I posted on Instagram (peep if you’re not following me yet) and I’m not stopping. If I were asked to choose only one from my collection – although I can tell you now I can’t – this would be one of my choices. I see myself wearing this for years.

Maybelline Touch of Spice (Creamy Matte) – Before I got my hands on MAC’s Persistence, this was the only lipstick I was wearing for months. An MLBB indeed. Its medium mauve-y rose color is the kind of pink I can’t get enough of; it’s sweet, feminine and has an undertone suitable for most Filipina skin tones. I’m nearly done with my second tube! According to some, this is a dupe for MAC’s Twig which has a satin finish.

MAC Cosmetics Retro (Satin) – I love this muted warm pinky-brown plum. It’s bold enough to get me through a casual day to a date night. Because of its satin, semi-matte finish, I can wear it without wearing lip balm under as it has a moisturizing formula that doesn’t enhance dry patches.

Maybelline Nude Nuance (Creamy Matte) – This warm brown comes in handy for a toned down everyday look. Sometimes I mix this with Touch of Spice for a warmer pink color which is another beautiful everyday hue.

MAC Viva Glam I (Matte) – You might be wondering why I included a red. One reason – I need an everyday red shade in my life. In fact, red is the color that made me fall in love with lipstick – mainly because of Ruby Woo which is what I wore on this Easy and Classic Holiday makeup look. Viva Glam I is a flattering intense brownish blue-red I find fitting in both casual and formal settings.

Mac persistence, Maybelline touch of spice, Mac retro, Maybelline nude nuance, Mac Viva Glam I - my top 5 everyday lipsticks and tips to find your perfect shades

For most makeup beginners, finding the perfect hues is not an easy feat. Aka my first struggle. When I first got into makeup, looking for one shade I could wear every day was my first ever dilemma. I would buy several items I’d find nice but end up not liking them when worn until they piled up on the stash I won’t be using anymore. What did I do wrong?

With the variety of colors in the market, how does one easily figure out which to pick without the hassle of trying all of them at once? Desperate to have a clear view of what to look for the next time I’ll purchase, I searched for answers and here are the following tips that helped me since.


1. Know your skin tone and undertone.

Determining your skin tone and undertone is probably the most helpful guide when looking for the best shades of lipstick to wear, or any makeup products and fashion items for that matter. Skin tone is the obvious surface color of your skin which could be ivory, light, medium, dark, etc. Undertone, on the other hand, is the underlying color beneath the skin’s surface which has three classifications: cool, warm, or neutral.

The undertone in comparison to skin tone is way trickier to find out. There are several indicators such as the color of your veins, white paper test, the jewelry trick and a few more. If you don’t know yours yet, take this quiz to help you figure it out. But what’s the thing about it?

Knowing your undertone is a good baseline for choosing the best colors that fit you. According to this article from Stylecaster, warm-toned girls should lean toward yellows, oranges, browns, yellow-greens, ivorys, and warm reds, while cool-toned girls should wear blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and true “blue-based” reds.

2. Consider your lip color.

One of the reasons why some shades appear lighter, darker or neon on you compared to others is the natural pigment of your lips. How pale, red, rosy, or brown are they? Whatever color it is, it affects the hue you’re applying over.

This is also something you want to consider when finding the perfect everyday nude lipstick. If for example you have pale skin and have naturally red lips, opt for colors that will help tone down your natural lip color. Also, red shades may appear differently to you than those who have paler lips. I recommend these videos to guide you further –  How To Find The Perfect Nude Lipstick and How To Pick The Perfect Lipstick | Red and Nude Lipstick.

3. Shop offline.

Choosing items to include in the cart could be daunting as you know some colors don’t necessarily appear the same when applied in real life. Better visit physical counters, swatch the ones you’re eyeing on, and try it out for yourself in front of a mirror. It takes more time and effort, but this will better save you money. Or not if you hoarded. 

4. Try it on a bare face.

One thing I like to do is try on a lipstick without anything on to see how well it complements my skin tone. This is also to test if it could do the job alone for days on-the-go.

But just like any other form of art, makeup too is very personal. Yes, there are guidelines, but there’s no absolute right or wrong as long as you know what you want and you feel good about it.

I’d love to know what your everyday lipsticks are! You see I’m a comfortable matte kind of girl and I prefer the ones in tubes. Are you the sheen, glossy type? What factors help you choose?