These are 8 of the world's most iconic lipstick shades that work for everyone

The shades that have stood the test of time

Most iconic lipstick shades - Sabrina Elba wearing red lipstick
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Lipstick shades come and go but we'll always be loyal to the classics. Ruby Woo and Pillow Talk remain in lipstick rotation despite how many new and exciting newbies land on my desk. We can always count on the most iconic lipstick shades (whether it be pink lipsticks or nude lipticks) to help us feel confident and pulled together (or just inject a little colour into our lives!) when we need it most. 

With so many lipsticks out there to choose from, if you're on the hunt for your next classic, I've got everything you need to know about the very best. In the list, you'll find old favourites as well as newer, more lowkey formulas that've already earned iconic status. In fact, as a result of increasing no make-up, make-up looks on social media, "there's been a resurgence in the natural and nude lip where customers are opting for subtle shades," explains Angharad Bate, senior buyer at LookFantastic.  

Read on to shop new-to-you classics, or remember what's likely lurking in the bottom of your make-up bag. 

1. MAC MACximal Silky Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo 

2. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

3. Chanel Rouge Coco Flash in 54 Boy

4. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

5. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice

6. MAC MACximal Silky Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy 

7. Dior Rouge Dior in 999 

8. Nars Lipstick in Schiap

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Tori is a freelance beauty journalist and contributor for Marie Claire. She has written for various titles, including Allure, Glamour, Elle, Refinery29, Brides, and more. Currently training to be a nail tech, Tori is a total nail enthusiast and always has time to talk all things nail art. When she’s not writing about beauty and testing products, Tori can be found walking her rescue dog Pip, drinking great coffee, and eating as many croissants as humanly possible.