Perennially interested in copping beauty tips from Tinseltown’s finest, we regularly consult with our celebrity makeup artist cohorts for the inside scoop. Craving a spring-ready refresh in our lipstick arsenal, we found inspiration on stars like Kate Hudson and Kerry Washington, who have already taken certain shades for a test drive (which they’ve passed with flying colors, of course). Here, seven pros weigh in on formulas they’re loving for their A-list clients—starting at just $7.
"While I normally tend to go with bright pops of color, I've been obsessing over Laura Mercier's Lip Parfait in Amaretto Swirl. The formula is ultra moisturizing, a little bit shiny, and the color seems to look good on just about anyone—it's like the color of your lips but better. I used it on Emily Blunt at the Oscars." —Jenn Streicher
"Nude lipstick can be tricky, as finding the right shade can be challenging. Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude is a great soft pink-nude that complements medium to dark skin tones. It's most flattering when worn with strong, sexy eye makeup. I used it on Kerry Washington for the Oscars." —Carola Gonzalez
"I love being rebellious in the spring and going for a girly-goth lip instead of a pink one. One of my favorite colors is Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in Glastonberry, which I used on Krysten Ritter for the Costume Designers Guild Awards. It balanced out and anchored her super-feminine gown." —Amy Nadine
"Highly hydrating lipsticks are perfect when you want a natural pout. The sheerness of this Chantecaille lipstick, which I used on Kate Hudson at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, accentuates the lip color and texture naturally and beautifully." —Melanie Inglessis
"I used Dior's Addict Fluid Stick in Wonderland on Jaime King at New York Fashion Week. I love this formula because the color payoff is amazing—it's super saturated like a lipstick but has the shine of a gloss. Its long-wearing and weightless formula is perfect because it doesn't feel like you have a lot of product on." —Kira Nasrat
"I love Rimmel London's new The Only One lipsticks—the range includes rich shades that keep the lips hydrated and comfortable yet deliver longwear durability. I used the Best of the Best shade on Emmy Rossum for the Golden Globes this year. I love how the color is so striking and solid yet still shows a soft sheen in the center of her lip." —Jo Baker