Lipsticks are the one thing that pulls together every look, outfit, mood, and revolution. From Lolita Lebrón to your abuela, tener la bemba colorá is more than just an aesthetic choice, it’s a lifestyle. Whether you prefer a full face of makeup or you only beat your face for special occasions, one cannot deny the power that this colored cosmetic has. And what better day to shout out some of the lipsticks Latinxs always have in their repertoire than National Lipstick Day?
Sure, today of all days, there are plenty of lipstick sales and freebies going on from MAC and Tatcha to BECCA and Anastasia, but just in case you want some tried and true options, we asked 5 Latinxs which were their all-time favorite lipsticks, so you can pucker up and celebrate this made up holiday in true lipstick style.
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Shideh Kafei, @shidehkafei, Makeup Artist
“MAC’s lipstick in “Ruby Woo” gives me the right amount of confidence I need for a big day. Pair it with a wicked wing liner and BAM you got a whole look! Also, Glossier’s Balm Dot Com in “Cherry” is ideal because it won’t smudge as I’m running around in this summer heat. It is moisturizing and has the perfect amount of color to make me feel alive.”
Amy Quichiz, @imsecretlyacat, Writer, Activist, & Founder of Veggie Mijas
“My favorite lipstick is Bésame by Becky G! She is such an inspiring person. She also recently came out as bisexual as well—it makes me feel powerful to wear the lipstick from her line. This red tells me that I can do whatever I want and I will always remain rebellious, divine, and free.”
Valentina Nazareth Padilla Soteldo, @sunflowervalentine, Content Creator
“I love Mehron Makeup’s lipstick in Spice so much! It’s my go-to for a Maude au naturale look. [It] makes my lips look plump and full.”
Cass Fédery, @cassitacassita, Artist
“I don’t tend to use that much makeup. I normally just use Milk’s Kush Lip Balm every day. But if I want to make a statement, a red or orange lip are my go-to colors! My favorite red lipstick is a YSL one that my grandmother gave me. It can be a bit runny but the color is gorgeous, and it always reminds me of her. My favorite orange lip is Peripera’s Cushion Lip Stains in Two Day. It’s soft on the lips and cheeks, too.”
Marilyn La Jeunesse, @mtlajeunesse, Writer & Newsletter Editor at Teen Vogue
“Typically, I’m a fan of long-lasting dark red lips, but this summer I switched things up and decided to wear neutrals to play up my sun-kissed look. I fell in love with Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 in “Glowing Jen” that happens to suit my skin tone perfectly. Not only does it last through all my midday snacks, but the packaging is reusable. We stan a eco-friendly lipstick!”