Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Creme Lipstick in Vamp, $27.
The Châteauneuf du Pape of wine lipsticks, this is still the classic.
Three Custom Color Specialists Lipstick in Ballet Russe, $18.50.
Many sheer lipsticks deposit so little color, you might as well be wearing ChapStick. But this smooth formula creates a translucent cherry stain on lips.
Nude Lipstick for Medium and Dark Skin
M.A.C. Lustre Lipstick in Fresh Brew, $14.
Nude shades tend to look dead, but this shimmery peachy tone is perfect.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Provocative Pink, $34.
As smooth as butter, this pink makes our eyes seem brighter and our cheeks rosier.
Nude Lipstick for Fair Skin
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Sheer Lipstick SPF 15 in Natural Pink, $29.
Tinged with pink, this nude will warm up your pale complexion, not wash it out.
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in RD 165, $23.
Unbelievable—a red that looks good on everyone. The best part? It's as hydrating as a balm but stays put for hours.
Clé de Peau Beauté Lipstick in 13, $55.
If you've been burned by Barbie-ish, chalky, or overly glittery shades this soft rosy tone will restore your faith in pink.
Pixi Lumi Lux Lip Palette, $35.
Most palettes are all pinks, all reds, or all awful but this one's 20 shades offer nearly every lip color under the sun.
Lauren Hutton First Kiss Lip & Cheek Stain + Lip Balm in Larry, $24.
This tube has the prettiest strawberry hue on one side and a clear balm on the other. And the sponge-tip wands mean no drips.
Clinique Long Lasting Glosswear SPF 15, $14.
Each of the 18 pigment-rich, nonsticky glosses makes it possible to go two hours without reapplying. (Ask any gloss junkie—that's a big deal.)
Nivea Sun Protection Lip Care SPF 30, $2.99.
We expected this high-SPF balm to feel like a mouthful of zinc but were pleasantly surprised with the smooth results. Previously only available in Europe, it's now stocked at U.S. drugstores.
TINTED LIP BALM
Vincent Longo Baby Balm Lipstick SPF 12, $23.
Some tinted balms look too seventh-grade, but this soft, sheer formula comes in a sleek black tube—with colors from pale pink to translucent berry.
Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor, $9.99.
Some long-wearing formulas can be a drag, literally, on lips. But not this one. It glides on, stays soft for hours, and doesn't require a scrub brush to remove.
Black and Brown Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Matte Brown and Pearly Brown ($16) don't set too quickly, giving you time to get the line right. Then they sit tight, even through heat or tears.
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Midnight ($16) is a rich indigo that's brighter than navy but just as tasteful.
CK Calvin Klein Beauty Electric Edge Liquid Eyeliner Pen ($16) is a long, thin pen that's as easy to apply as pencil and stays smooth until the tube is empty.
Not only does Shiseido The Makeup Accentuating Cream Eyeliner ($25) never flake, it comes with a full-size brush for a flawless line.