Whether you’re going on a romantic date with your soulmate or having a girl’s night out, your Valentine’s Day pout has to be perfect.
First, you have to select the shade that pairs well with your skin-tone and ensemble—a hue that makes you feel confident and beautiful. Then, you’ll need a formula that will stay put with minimal upkeep. There are a few things we’re trying to avoid here: Getting lipstick all over yourself (teeth, face, etc) and getting lipstick all over your date.
These requirements are also essential for the red carpet. While celebs like Jessica Biel have glam squads to ensure their pouts are perfect, finding the best shade and product is the priority. This is why we went through the Best Beauty of this year’s award season to find the lipsticks for the romantic holiday.
There are also a few tips we’ve learned from the sidelines of the carpet that will make your pucker pop. For example, lip liner is important for a long-lasting pout. It keeps lipstick from feathering (Read: Going beyond your lip line) and amps up the pigment. Next, a liquid lipstick or lip stain will stay put all night long and minimize bleeding, so you can feel confident when there’s no mirror around.
Ready to find the lipstick of your dreams? Check out our favorite hues from the red carpet and editor-tested products below!
Jessica Biel brings Justin Timberlake‘s “Strawberry Bubblegum” lyrics to life with her fun pop of pink.
Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick in Yummy Pink, $22
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Olivia Munn‘s coral-tinted lipstick and her red dress are the perfect pair.
Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Heroine, $7.29
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Who needs a dozen roses when you have Lily James‘ soft pink-to-brown lip hue?
Miracle Matte Liquid Lip Color in English Rose, $9.99
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Eve amps up her nude with a glossy rose-tinted lipstick. If you’re not a fan of bright colors, this is the way to go.
Hollywood Lips in Show Girl, $34
Madeline Brewer is Valentine’s Day beauty goals with dewy, natural-appearing makeup and bright red lipstick—a great shade next to her red hair.
Powermatte Lip Pigment in Light My Fire, $26
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Tracee Ellis Ross opted for deeper red and added drop ruby earrings, inspiring our V-Day look.
Exact: Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Dashing 206, $30
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Gal Gadot is channeling Wonder Woman with her powerful pout.
Exact: Revlon Super Lustrous in Bombshell Red, $4.99
Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery, $22
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Rita Ora‘s ox blood red is the sultry hue that our hearts desire.
Exact: Rimmel London Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Plum This Show, $4.99
Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama, $21
Then again, Chrissy Metz‘s plum pout is perfect.
Statement Matte Liquid Lipstick in Devious, $19
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