One of the Most "Outdated" Lipstick Colors Ever Has Officially Made Its Comeback

It's pretty much a given that most trends are cyclical. I mean, that's why bike shorts, scrunchies, bucket hats, butterfly or claw clips, crimped hair, and padded headbands have all made comebacks in 2021. What's old is always new again, am I right?

Listen, I don't mind trends coming back. Some I welcome back with open arms, so to speak. One beauty trend that I've been loving lately? The resurgence of mauve lipstick. The color that was big in the '90s is back, baby. And who doesn't love this pink-purple hue?


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The shade is pretty flattering on any skin tone. It's also a subtler shade than, say, a deep-red lipstick, but it's not quite neutral or nude, so you still get a dose of color. And I think the lip color is versatile for just about any type of look. It's great for everyday wear, but it also works well for a night out. You can just play with the finishes, from a matte lipstick to a creamier, shinier coat.

Take a look at some mauve lipstick options below, broken down by skin tone.


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For Fair Skin Tones

1. Covergirl Continuous Color Lipstick It's Your Mauve

2. Nars Lipstick in Hot Kiss

3. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sassy Mauve

4. Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick in Pale Mauve

5. MAC Lipstick Cream in Faux

For Olive Skin Tones

6. Nyx Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream in Toulouse

7. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick Balm in Mauve Cuir

8. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Ringleader

9. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Medium Matte Revolution Lipstick

For Tan Skin Tones

10. Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lip Color With Moisturizing Topcoat in Good Mauve

11. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Mauve for Me

12. Nyx Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick in Honeymoon

13. Kjaer Weis Matte Naturally Liquid Lipstick in Enthralling

For Deep Skin Tones

14. Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Resin

15. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncuffed

16. Tom Ford Lip Color Lipstick in Night Mauve

17. Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick in Fearless

18. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Firenze

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.