27th July 2016 / Beauty / by Desiree Ng

Celebrity-inspired lipstick colours for every occasion

Whether you’ve got a fire engine red pout or a sweet pink lippie on, the shade you choose to dress up your lips with speaks volumes!

Here, we recommend you 5 lipstick colours for every occasion whether you’re charming a first date or looking to impress a prospective employer.


On your first date
Lip colour: Dusty rose colour

Wearing a dusty rose colour, Jessica Alba exudes a comfortable, warm glow.

To leave a lasting impression, you got to look your best, and feel your best. A dusty rose colour fits the bill – it’s neither overbearing nor is it too boring. It is a colour that falls comfortably within the natural range, flirty and feminine but not unnecessarily flamboyant. At its best, it can serve to add that extra healthy glow for your killer smile. The key is to keep it natural.

Get the look: Make Up Store Lipstick in Poppy

Sunday brunch
Lip colour: Fuchsia

Lee Yu-ri adds an element of fun with fuchsia, and complements it with other light, cheery colours.

Sundays are meant for relaxing, and for the bright, cheery colours to come out to play. Think picnic at the park with cute rattan baskets and a sweet dress, and then bring that to your brunch. Wherever it is, fuchsia is sure to add an element of fun into your look. If colour-blocking isn’t your cup of tea, wear it with a clean white summery dress, and let the fuchsia lip-colour stand out.

Get the look: MAC Lipstick in Full Fuchsia 


At work
Lip colour: Nude/natural colour

Elizabeth Olsen matches a natural lip tone with a subtle feline flick for the eyes.

When it comes to looking office-appropriate, nude tones fit the bill to a T. Not flashy, yet conveying serious business at the same time. While we’re at it, wearing nude lipsticks means that you can play up your eyes to avoid looking washed out. For better results, opt for a nude colour that’s one tone brighter than your natural lip colour for a touch of radiance.

Get the look: The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder in Pinky Nude

Meet the Parents
Lip colour: Light pink

Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany sports a light pink lip for a sweet look.

Light pink lip colours are not as dominating as the stronger pink hues such as fuchsia, but can be surprisingly versatile. With such a soft colour, it’s hard not to think of the sweet and gentle. These hues whisper girl-next-door instead of trying too hard, making it the perfect colour for the first time you meet your S.O.’s parents. Sometimes, you don’t have to roar to make a lasting impression.

Get the look: NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight

Girls’ Night Out
Lip colour: Deep red

A photo posted by Liu Wen (刘雯) (@liuwenlw) on

Liu Wen nails it: when it comes to deep red lips, the best option is to keep the rest of your make-up natural.

Being glamorous and fiercely feminine, red lips are the go-to shade for beauty warriors juggling multiple hats. Flattering against any skin tone and unapologetically loaded with attitude, its darker counterpart, the deep red lip carries all of the above with an extra dose of classy vibes. Even after a long day at work, the strong deep-red lip colour will pull your look together and carry you into the mood of the night when you’re winding down with your girl squad – just add a glass of wine or two.

Get the look: 3CE Lip Colour in 409 Kiss Woo

About the Writer

Desiree Ng

Desiree is a writer, designer and illustrator with a keen interest in education, culture, and community. Currently pursuing a BFA in Visual Communications (Hons) with a second major in Communication Studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), she is deeply interested in exploring design through visuals, words, and systems to create a positive impact on the community.

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