Lipsticks have that unique ability to lift your mood with just one swipe. And the best part about these one swipe-wonders is that they're super versatile! From lip paints to lip glosses, each type of lip colour lends a unique touch to any makeup look. But it's very easy for it to grow monotonous if you don't switch it up every now and then. To ensure you don’t get stuck in a lipstick rut, we've put together a definitive list of the top five lipsticks you absolutely need to have in your makeup drawer at all times. Read on...


1. Liquid lipstick

01. Liquid lipstick

Mattifying and long-stay, with the ability to seamlessly transition your look from desk to dinner, liquid lipstick is an absolute must-have for those on the go. When hunting for the perfect liquid lippies, turn to something a little more nourishing on your pout like the Lakmé Absolute Matte Melt Liquid Lip Colour. Containing the hydrating properties of rosehip oil, this one manages to keep your lips moisturised for up to 16 hours while providing a velvety matte finish.


2. Lip paint

02. Lip paint

Maybe you've been roped in to be a bridesmaid at your bestie's wedding, or maybe you're throwing a big festive bash. Whatever the grand occasion, you need perfectly defined lips to match your mood, and that's where lip paints come in. Turn to the Lakmé Absolute Precision Lip Paint to get perfectly defined, intensely matte lips with colour that stays on, no matter how hectic your schedule may be. Use the expert lip brush that comes with it to define your lips like a pro, and you can guarantee that your pout will be the talk of the town.


3. Lip gloss

03. Lip gloss

For days when OTT glam just doesn't seem to be your vibe, but you still want a flirty and fun pout, turn to lip glosses. We're loving the Lakmé Absolute Spotlight Lip Gloss thanks to its smooth finish that transcends into a non-sticky, gel-like sheen. Our favourite part? It’s super pigmented, so it really only takes one coat to get a vivid colour pay off.


4. Lipliner

04. Lipliner

Hold up. You want to get Kylie Jenner-esque lips but you're attempting it without lip liner? No way that's happening! If you're using a regular lippie or a gloss, you need a lip liner as a trusty sidekick to ensure that your pout looks more defined. Use the Lakmé Absolute 3d Lip Definer to define your pout. Bonus: Thanks to the intense colour pay-off, you can use it by itself too!


5. Lip primer

05. Lip primer

To get a flawless base for your lipstick you need to prime your pout. But when a lip primer is accompanied by lipstick? Well, that just makes it even better, which is why the Lakmé 9to5 Primer + Matte Lip Color is our absolute fave! With a built-in primer that mattifies the base and takes care of any cracks or lines that may threaten pout perfection, the lip colour has a vivid colour payoff, making it a suitable pick for just about everyone!