Could These Be the Best Lipstick Tips of All Time?

It’s pretty much always lipstick day around the Birchbox office (even when we’re going for the no makeup look.) But in honor of the official National holiday today—yes, it's a thing—we’re sharing out top tips, from finding the perfect red shade to how to pull off the ombre look.

Yes, you can wear orange lipstick

The shade isn’t as Halloween scary as it seems. In fact, says makeup artist Stefanie Syat, orange is universally flattering—it’s all in the application. To make one like MAKE’s matte lipstick in Magma stay put, start with a moisturizing lips salve like Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm, then apply a liner like this one by Lipstick Queen before dabbing on your color of choice.

Keep it on your lips, not your teeth

Ah, the dreaded lipstick teeth stain. The secret to avoiding it? According to our senior manager of brand campaign strategy (and makeup queen) Deepica, it’s the “finger pop.” After applying, hook your pointer finger, then place it in your mouth and pull out to get rid of any excess color so it doesn’t get stuck on your pearly whites. Watch her school social media director Rachel Jo Silver in the advanced artform in this OMG with RJS video.

Consult your closet to find the perfect shade of red

Discovering the most flattering crimson color is the holy grail for lipstick lovers. The trick is to sync up with your skin tone through what you love to wear. If you gravitate toward creams, greys, pinks, and chocolates, you probably have a warm skin tone and should opt for pink, blue, and plum tones. If your wardrobe is full of white, charcoal, pastels, and bright jewel tones, you’re more likely to fall into the cool category, so try warm, brown, and golden variations. Still stumped? Jouer has a hue for everyone in their Perfect Red Collection.

Look to South Korea for inspiration

Last summer, while reporting from Seoul, we predicted that the gradient lip would make its way stateside And what do you know? We were right, the ombre look is officially a thing. To get it, start by dusting your lips with beige face powder, next apply a nude lipstick—try Lipstick Queen’s Nude Sinner—and finish with a bolder hue like Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary.

Maximize the lifespan of your lipstick

Friends don’t let friends run out of their favorite lipstick. Make it last a bit longer by scooping the remaining pigment out with a plastic spatula or cotton swab and make a lip pot out of an empty container (available at any beauty supply store) and a brush.

To help you celebrate National Lipstick Day, we're offering 35 extra Birchbox points when you spend $35 in the Shop including a product from our Lips category. The code at checkout is SWAK35. Today only!

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