In Honor of National Lipstick Day: The Most Iconic Looks

In honor of national lipstick day, here are some of the most iconic lipstick moments over the past century.

Clara Bow
Adventure-seeking, rule-breaking flappers in the ’20s, like actress Clara Bow, proudly painted dark lips in the shape of a heart or Cupid’s bow that became the identifiable beauty look of the decade.

Greta Garbo
The 1930s witnessed the bold and elongated lip of Greta Garbo. Hubert de Givenchy would later be inspired by Garbo’s infamous magenta pout to create Givenchy’s “N” lipstick.

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn wouldn’t be Marilyn without her fire engine red lips. Monroe is said to have concocted her signature red hue by blending together five different lipsticks.
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The classic image of Audrey Hepburn peering into the windows at Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue wouldn’t be complete without her pale pink Estée Lauder lipstick. Just as her character, Holly Golightly, said: “Hand me my purse, will you, darling? A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick.”
Madonna’s look for Who’s That Girl and on her Like a Virgin tour in the ‘80s would not have been the same without a swipe of Russian Red lipstick by MAC.

Supermodel Takeover

Flashy red was replaced by a muted, heavily-lined brown in the ‘90s that were sported by supermodels like Naomi Campbell.


It’s safe to say that Lorde is bringing bold lips back in an unabashed, gothic-cool way. Indeed, her dark purple lips have most recently inspired a lipstick collaboration with MAC.


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