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Lipstick has always had a reputation for being an instant confidence booster with men and women alike, but recently it’s also become an empowering statement.
More recently, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been shaking up the White House with her ground-breaking green bill and people-first politics, not to mention making a statement with her go-to ‘debate lip’. AOC's lipstick of choice? Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso.
In turn, the LouisvuittonShop team were inspired (by everything the young politican does, but specifically her lipstick in this case) to round up the transformative shades that give them a much-needed boost of badass when every day of the week feels like a Monday morning.
Lipstick might not have the power to change who you are, but it can definitely help you feel like the best version of you - politician or no.
Read on for our edit of the most empowering lipstick shades...
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Addiction Lipstick - £7.99
‘I bought this on a manic sprint around Boots right before an interview. The fact that I didn’t have 20 minutes to debate on shades actually helped me out. It’s darker than the usual reds I go for which actually suits my uber-paleness better. Plus it resembles the colour of my favourite red wine (a happy coincidence).’
MAC Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo - £17.50
‘It’s a classic for a reason. No matter if I’m feeling pasty and grey in mid winter or glowing, beachy and tanned in mid August - this Red always suits my skin tone. It can be the only makeup I wear on a day of meetings or complete an evening look. And always stays put for the whole night long. It’s also brilliant for hiding a hangover.’
Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Cake - £14
‘This shade works so well with my skin tone, it gives me sassy confidence every time I wear it!’
Huda Glory Demi Matte Cream Lipstick in Boy Collector - £18
‘It’s the perfect red for me, not too blue, not too orange. It’s bright, bold and sexy. And it stays on for hours!!’
Fenty Glory Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored - £19
‘The red lipstick to end all red lipsticks, nothing compares to the punchy scarlet red colour or sheer ability to stay on through all weather/meals/dates (delete as appropriate). If a lipstick could channel Rihanna's sass, this is it.’
NARS Cosmetics Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya - £22
‘Blondes still searching for that elusive red should seek out shades at the orange end of the spectrum. They are eternally flattering against lighter hair, and are my go-to for a flattering but still punchy power lip. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya is a personal favourite worn with a white shirt and jeans.’
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon - £25
'A lipstick called Icon has a lot to live up to, and this one really does. I feel like a movie star when I wear it, even if I’m on the number 171 bus…'
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 In In Love With Olivia - £28
'It’s the perfect flush of pink – not too glossy, not too matte. It’s just enough to give a subtle finish to any make-up look, plus it doubles as a great cream blusher for cheeks. And, let’s be honest, the name is pretty great, too…'
MAC Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger - £17.50
'MAC's Lady Danger is my absolute go-to, even just for the name. It's bright, it's super bold and I get compliments on it whenever I wear it, so it's a total mood-booster every time. That being said, I feel like Lady Danger is a lot of people's favourite, so when I want to wear something a bit more intriguing and spicy, I wear MAC's Devoted to Chili’