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Larkin Basics  June 20, 2017

The Lipsticks I’m Hoarding in My Purse Right Now


by Larkin Clark

Lipstick is like the security blanket of the beauty-verse. Even if the rest of your face looks like ass, you can usually distract people with a really great lip.

For this reason, I usually have about three lipsticks in my purse at any given time. This may seem excessive to a normal person, but I am not a normal person. I am a beauty writer who grew up with a mother who still, to this day, refuses to leave the house without lipstick on. My security blanketing is thick.

I have an extensive collection, but these colors consistently make it into my purse rotation – which means they’re used regularly and not just for styling or special occasions. Are they the newest shades on the market? No. But they’ve all be road-tested and rate high in terms of versatility, color pigment, and long-lasting wear. (Unfortunately, not all of them are natural, but I’ll share more of those in the future.) The Sephora and Stila picks do tend to dry out a bit, so add a little clear gloss to keep them looking fresh. Pucker up.

For mornings when you don't want your lips to look like a dead person's

e.l.f. Tinted Lip Balm in Berry Sweet, $2

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For when those '90s feels hit you hard and you want to look like Fairuza Balk in "The Craft"

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
in Aria, $24

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For when you're too lazy to change out of sweatpants, but still want to look like you've got class

Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color
in Gabrielle, $37

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For a sophisticated shimmer because even though you're a grown-ass woman, sometimes you like sparkly stuff, OK?

Axiology Beauty Lipstick
in Devotion, $28

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To create the illusion that you're the life of the party, even if you'd rather be in bed with your cat

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last Lipstick in Royal Raspberry, $12

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For when you want your lips to look natural, but not *too* natural

Alima Pure Velvet Lipstick
in Caroline, $26

To look like you just got back from vacation, even if you just re-watched all of the "The Handmaid's Tale" instead

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in Troublant, $37

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Words and styling: Larkin Clark
Photography: Ashley Batz
Product Images Courtesy of: e.l.f., Chanel, Stila Cosmetics, Axiology, and Alima Pure

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