IMAGE staffers on their all-time favourite lipsticks

Ahead of Valentine's day, IMAGE staff share their go-to lipsticks. 

Enjoy this piece of beauty trivia: the average woman will spend almost €2000 on lipstick alone in her lifetime. Ahead of Valentine's day, the IMAGE staff have been talking about their all-time favourites. Here's a round-up for you, if you're on the hunt for a beloved newbie. Pucker up...


Tom Ford Lip Colour Sheer in Revolve Around Me, €49


When I was younger my lip glosses all came in sticky, thick fluorescent pink with so much hard glitter they could be sold now as a lip exfoliator. My favourite lipstick colours were inspired by my granny, Gainne's: varying shades of burnishing magentas, which she kept lined up in the egg section in the fridge. Now that I'm older and wiser I know that nude is my colour and one of the most glorious joys of this job is that beauty brands send me their nudes, the only kind of nudes any girl wants to receive - varying waxy, smooth, creamy, sheeny delicious shades of skin tone lipsticks. My job does not allow me to be monogamous with just one lipstick so if I had to choose a current favourite I'd pick Tom Ford Lip Colour Sheer in Revolve Around Me, €49 but I'm cheating on her occasionally with Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 in In Love With Olivia, €35. — Holly O'Neill, junior beauty editor.

Related: Can we talk about... the 25-year anniversary edition of MAC Viva Glam Lipstick

Glossier Generation G in Zip, €17

As a result of my skin going a bit haywire last year, I'm now pretty committed to the minimal/no make-up life right now. Whatever I do put on my face is firmly in the 'barely-there' category, which is why I absolutely love Generation G in Zip by Glossier, along with the rest of their range. The one thing I miss about wearing make-up every day is a strong red lip, so Generation G is the perfect way to combat that with a softer take on the look. It's matte but not cakey, and very light, so you can build it up to a strong lip, or swatch it once for a wash of colour. It's the perfect flushed everyday lipstick, and one of the only ones I would repurchase again and again. — Erin Lindsay, deputy digital editor. 


MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, €20

My all time favourite lipstick is MAC's Ruby Woo, €20. I'm almost down to the end of my third one of these. It's a gorgeous, classic red and I can always rely on it to lift my mood. And I LOVE the smell of MAC lipsticks. — Laura Kenny, art director. 

My favourite lipstick of all time has to be Ruby Woo by MAC. It's an amazing blue-toned red and was the first bold colour lipstick I ever experimented with. I don't wear it enough but I really should. There is something about a red lip that makes me feel powerful and confident. And this specific red makes your gnashers look extra white which makes me adore it even more! —Edaein O’Connell, staff writer.

Photography by Jason Lloyd-Evans. 


Read more: Hair Stories: Emma Dabiri on how her hair has shaped her life

Read more: Have you tried the Wim Hof Method?

Read more: Check out Chiara Ferragni's first make-up collection

The image newsletter