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5 Universally Flattering Lipstick Shades Every Woman Should Own

Finding a good lipstick is not easy. It has to be that perfect mix between glossy and matte, look nice with virtually any outfit, and not slide off your lips the first chance it gets. And finding a shade that complements a variety of complexions is even more difficult. Everyone’s different — that’s something we should always celebrate — and luckily there are tons of different makeup brands and shades that cater to a variety of different women.

Still, if you’re looking for a shade that will work wonders on yourself, your roommate, and your best friend, you’re in luck. We did a little bit of research and compiled a list of five universally flattering lipstick shades every woman needs on hand. Go ahead, have yourself a scroll.

1. Red carpet red

Smashbox lipstick

Smashbox lipstick This Smashbox lipstick is a must-have. | Sephora

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: A sweep of bright red lipstick can transform any outfit from drab to fab. But with all the blue and yellow undertones to worry about, finding a shade that flatters tons of different skin types can be difficult. Until now, that is. Cosmopolitan tested Smashbox’s Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse on 10 different girls — ranging in hair type, complexion, and even lip shape — and the hue managed to look absolutely fierce on all of them.

Part of a collaboration with comedian and vlogger Lilly Singh, Bawse is the perfect shade for a girl’s night out. It’s a liquid lipstick, so it offers a little shine if you want to make a statement, plus it stays on nicely for at least eight hours. This color is bright, so you should only wear it if you’re looking to make a statement.

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