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Celebrate National Lipstick Day with the must-have shades from your favourite beauty brands

Beauty junkies will embrace any opportunity to celebrate their favourite skincare or cosmetic products, from Fragrance Day on March 21 to Sunscreen Day on May 27. July 29 marks an especially important holiday for beauty lovers—National Lipstick Day. It's when one of the most classic makeup items is celebrated with a major shopping spree of all things lippie. 

Perhaps one of the oldest makeup products, lipsticks unofficially date back to the 2500 BCE to 1000 BCE, created by crushing gems in Mesopotamia. Since then, variants of lip-painting have emerged throughout history in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, as well as China, and have been both favoured and disapproved. Today, it's almost difficult to imagine completing a makeup look without a splash of colour on our lips.

If you're planning on expanding your lipstick wardrobe, there's no better time than now—here are the best-selling lipsticks from our favourite beauty brands.

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YSL Beauté Rouge Volupté Shine in 80 Chili Tunique

With YSL Beauté’s extensive range of lipsticks, we can truly be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a favourite. But one particular lipstick has earned its place on many beauty junkie’s vanities—the Rouge Volupté Shine.

Boasting a 65 per cent oil-based composition that includes hydrating pomegranate extract and bright pigments, the lipstick glides on effortlessly and gently coats lips with a vibrant colour payoff. It helps that the Rouge Volupté Shine has an extremely chic casing as well—its golden tube embellished with a ring of YSL Beauté’s logo has become an icon in its own right. The lipstick’s best-selling shade is 80 Chili Tunique, a burnished red-brown with a touch of spice.

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Dior Rouge Dior in 999

The story of the Rouge Dior 999 is one steeped in history. First released in a limited edition by Christian Dior on the eve of 1950, the Rouge Dior was officially launched in 1953 in shades 9 and 99 to complete Christian Dior’s runway creations. The now-iconic shade 999 is the tribute to the first two shade, named after Dior’s lucky number and designed to be the “perfect red” for any age and skin tone.

Celebrating 70 years this September, the lipstick remains a cult formula. Whether you opt for a satin or matte finish, the Rouge Dior promises 16 hours of pigmented, vibrant colour without streaking or dryness.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 57 Rouge Feu

Offering the moisturising texture of a satin lipstick with the intense colour pay-off of a matte lipstick, the Rouge Allure Velvet wears like a second skin. Enriched with ultra-fine mother-of-pearl particles and soft focus microspheres, the formula strikes a balance between a matte and luminous finish.

The addition of a jojoba oil derivative keeps lips smooth and hydrated through the day. For a fun and bold look, opt for bestseller 57 Rouge Feu, a warm-toned dark orange.

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Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro in 400

Launched in 2012, Armani Beauty’s Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick deconstructed the traditional lipstick formula, to create a highly coveted luminous matte finish.

A revolutionary step from the dull and dry look often associated with matte lipsticks, the creamy formula glides on smoothly to create a velvet matte texture defined by the brand’s backlighting technology. The lipstick’s best-selling shade is 400—a perfect, universal red created to flatter all complexions.

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Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat in 208 They Met in Argentina

Like the Gucci lipstick collections before it, the Rouge à Lèvres Mat takes inspiration from old Hollywood glamour, offering 28 shades of densely pigmented colours in a silky matte finish. A clear, gelling soft wax base allows the formula to glide on vividly and uniformly in one stroke.

Best-selling rosy nude shade 208 They Met in Argentina creates the perfect MLBB for an effortless, yet put-together look.

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Guerlain Rouge G Sheer Shine in 235

Guerlain’s history with lipsticks go way back—the French beauty is actually credited for the first commercial lipstick, made from deer tallow, castor oil and beeswax in 1884. Today, the brand is known for its Rouge G range, a customisable concept that offers every woman the freedom to choose the perfect shade, finish, and case.

Its best-seller is the Sheer Shine in 235, a glittery and translucent coral red shade. The formula is infused with hyaluronic acid and Guggul resin for plump and hydrated lips, while diamond powder and reflective pigments offer a soft-focused sheen.

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Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in American Woman

With a reputation for vibrant, ultra-saturated products, Nars offers a myriad of lip products that range from sheer to full coverage and include sheer, satin and matte finishes. One particular product that stands out, however, is the Powermatte Lip Pigment—a full-coverage liquid lipstick providing long-lasting, comfortable matte colour.

The lipstick wears like ink, drying to a lightweight finish that is smudge- and transfer-resistant, which is especially apt for daily mask-wearers. Best-selling shade American Woman creates a natural-looking pout in chestnut rose.

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Tom Ford Lip Colour in Scarlet Rouge

A brand that is synonymous with seduction, glamour and luxury, it comes as no surprise that Tom Ford’s best-selling colour is an expressive, deep cool red. The designer himself describes the shade as “the star player in the game of love.”

Infused with soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil, the nourishing formula offers an ultra-creamy and smooth application and highly-saturated colour. If you’d like a different finish however, the brand has recently launched this iconic shade with a number of textures in cream, matte, satin-matte, and metallic.

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