12 Burgundy Lipsticks to Add to Your Makeup Bag (Or Gift List) STAT
Nov 30, 2020
Even if it’s only on Zoom, these alluring shades will turn heads.
Burgundy lipstick is basically like the little black dress—classic, timeless, and a definite look-elevator. Not to mention “it’s universally flattering,” says celebrity make-up artist Latrice Johnson who has worked with A-listers such as Regina King. “There are so many different variations of burgundy. There is a tone for every skin color and the rich color looks amazing on all skin tones.” Just ask Yvonne Orji who rocked the rich hue (along with a statement hairdo) earlier this fall on the socially distanced Emmy Awards or the folks who have used #burgundylips on Instagram, which has a whopping 45.5k posts.
It’s also a power color. “I personally love wearing a bold burgundy lip when I want to feel very confident sexy, and strong,” says Johnson of the shade that can run the gamut from cool tone grapes to warm reds and brownish tones.
While we realize swiping a swatch of color onto your lips to sit in the house may be a bit self-indulgent, we still think it may be the mood boost you’ve been looking for during these pandemic times. And burgundy lips certainly punch up any holiday look. Plus, those video conference calls could stand for a little excitement by way of a bold lip color.
From long-wear formulas to liquid mattes to rich glosses, we’ve rounded up a few burgundy variations that you’re guaranteed to love.
MAC Cosmetics in Diva
A cult favorite of lipstick lovers everywhere, this rich reddish-brown tint is a must-have matte. Adds Johnson: “It is and will always be a staple in my personal make-up bag and forever in my kit.”
True Moringa Burgundy Anise Lip Whip in Mystery
This vegan balm offers a shimmery sangria-tinged color and a light licorice (anise) taste with a lick of your lips. It’s also super moisturizing (hello vitamin E, cocoa butter and moringa oil!) to keep chapping at bay. You can also dab a bit on your cheeks for an alluring kiss of color.
The Lip Bar Liquid Matte in Rebel
This deep red offers a pop of color that is an attention grabber for sure. But what we really love about this vegan lippie is that it goes on with the ease of a gloss yet dries as a matte finish— in seconds.
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Full-Blooded
Part of the vicious venoms (or darks) section of the collection, this matte formula leaves behind a plum-based painted pout in a velvety finish that doesn’t drag or dry out lips. And, the chic container: LOVE!
Apivita Lip Care With Black Currant
Those longing for a nourishing balm will delight in this moisturizing stick with a lovely burgundy hue and an added dose of black currant to help prevent dryness and combat those pesky free radicals.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Griselda
Rihanna can do no wrong, which is why this bring-the-drama burgundy (another favorite of Johnson’s) is a must. Housed in a slim metallic tube, it glides on creamy, leaving behind a long-lasting, matte finish.
Bobbi Brown Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss in After Party
Glosses, like this ultra-shiny, wine-colored hue, have just as much color pay-off as traditional lipsticks without the dryness factor. Plus, it’s rich in lip-softening botanical oils (think jojoba, olive, and apricot).
Tarte Limited Edition Color Splash Lipstick
This vegan tube kisses lips with a vibrant yet deep oxblood dye that errs more on the side of dark brown than aubergine. Bonus: It’s infused with plant extracts, helping to give fine lines and wrinkles the boot.
Paul & Joe Lipstick 103 in Framboise Mure
While you won’t find a loud in-your-face shade here, this gloss, whose penetrating oils keep lips supple, still leaves behind a hint of mahogany that is not only flattering but also enhances your pucker.
Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Train Bleu
Part lip pencil, part lipstick, this multi-tasker, which wears well for hours, outlines and colors lips with precision. It also saturates with a vampy color while nourishing with vitamin E. Talk about a win-win!
Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes Lipstick in After Hours
Good news: This beautiful budget buy (it’s under $10!) paints lips the perfect shade of Bordeaux with a creamy formula chock full of moisturizing ingredients such as agave, moringa oil, and capuacu butter.
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Composer
The conservative crew will swoon over this burgundy. The earthy undertones allow you to rock a red lip that’s more subtle but still packs plenty of rich pigment. And it has major (up to 16 hour!) staying power.
Rozalynn S. Frazier is an award-winning, multimedia journalist, and certified personal trainer living in New York City. She has created content for SELF, Health, Essence, Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Money, Reebok, Livestrong, and others.