Workweek Lipsticks

Finding a lipstick you feel comfortable wearing to work can be challenging. I struggled with wearing lipstick in general when I first started out. I felt my lip color overtook the look or that I stood out too much. I came to realize that lip color has the power to make you look polished, put together, and confident. Now, if I do a full face of makeup, I cannot leave the house without a lip color. In a matter of two years, I have managed to become a total lip color convert!

In an effort to get you out of your comfort zone, I am here to help you find lip colors that are professional, beautiful, and of great quality. I have chosen five lipsticks you can add to your workweek rotation with confidence! I have covered all price points and availability. You will find some of these at local beauty stores, online, or at your local superstore.

The Lip Colors


Flower Beauty Petal Pout in Spiced Petal (Cream)
Walmart, Ulta, & Flower Beauty Online

Depending on your natural lip color, this might be a great step up from natural for you. When I put this on, I look like myself just a smidge more put together. If you’re shy about wearing a lip color to work, this is one of your safest bets! I cannot say enough good things about Flower Beauty. At this price point, I would expect the lipstick to wear off easily, but it doesn’t. This stuff has staying power. The Petal Pout lip colors come in cream and matte formulas and both are fantastic.


Flower Beauty Matte Cinnamon Crush (Matte)
Walmart, Ulta, & Flower Beauty Online

Hello, fall! Another perfect shade & formula from Flower Beauty. Cinnamon Crush is a matte that does NOT feel or act like a matte. It goes on evenly, wears evenly, and leaves your lips feeling moisturized instead of dried out (like many mattes can do). This shade is perfect if you’re feeling a little bold or if you need a boost of confidence as you head into work that day. Big meeting? A pitch? Asking for a raise? Put this beauty on & get what you want!


Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna
Sephora, Nordstrom, & Nars Online

I may be biased due to the name, but the shade Anna from Nars Audacious Lipstick line is one of my “go-to” lip colors. It’s described as a “smokey rose” color and I cannot agree more. It’s a shade you can wear year-round without wondering if you’re out of season. It’s the perfect shade if you want to dress up one of your basic black and white outfits or pull in the pinks of your dress, shoes, or cardigan. I would wear this shade if I felt a little “blah” about an outfit or really wanted to drive home how cute I felt that day. The Nars formulas have staying power and are highly pigmented which is why you’re seeing this price point. I can guarantee you, they’re worth every penny. I have had these lipsticks for over a year and a half and I have barely made a dent!


Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anita
Sephora, Nordstrom, & Nars Online

Unsurprisingly, Anita is very similar to Anna. Sephora describes it as “antique rose” which places it in the same shade category as Anna. However, Anita is the toned-down, older sister of Anna. She’s still beautiful, but she’s not going to be drawing major attention. If you’re looking to tie together a full face of makeup and a cute outfit, Anita is your girl. When I have a full face of makeup, but a toned-down eye look (think a bold eyeliner and some mascara), I will pick Anita to help make the look pop.


Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Audition
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom & Online

A cream that’s a safe bet? Audition by Smashbox is your lip color! Audition is almost a lip gloss in texture and look. It goes on creamy and shiny while wearing evenly. I have dry lips, so I notice and prioritize how well a lipstick applies. Audition reminds me of Spiced Petal by Flower Beauty because it is as neutral as you can get without venturing into the more tan & brown shades. If you’re new to lipstick, start here. If you’re a veteran, add this lip color to your rotation for a neutral that’ll make you shine. I like lip colors over glosses because they have the ability to stay longer. If you’re looking for that shiny, glossy look, but know you need it to stay all day (or at least make it through your morning latte), go with Audition. If you’re wearing a busy or bold outfit, Audition is the perfect neutral to keep all eyes on your outfit, while keeping your look polished.


Which brand and shade are you interested in trying? What are your favorite lip color shades and brands? Let me know in the comments. I am always looking for new shades.

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