As much as we love all of the trendy lip shades that pop up every season, finding a foolproof option that we can wear year in and year out is just as important. Instead of spending hours testing all the reds, nudes, and berries for the most perfect match to our skin tones, we went straight to our favorite celeb makeup artists for answers. Scroll down for the best universally flattering lipsticks chosen by the pros who glam Taraji P. Henson, Priyanka Chopra, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and more.

1. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($19): When it comes to the most classic lip color, Jamie Greenberg, who works with Kaley Cuoco, Rashida Jones, and Elisabeth Moss, has a no-fail pick. “If you want to try red or you already love red, this one is the most universally flattering on dark skin, light skin, and everything in between,” she reveals.

2. Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipstick in Valetta ($38): Celebrity makeup artist Anthony Merante swears by this soft pink shade to accentuate every skin tone. “I’ve used it on everyone from Iggy Azalea for GQ Magazine to Taraji P. Henson for People’s World’s Most Beautiful People Issue,” he says. “I love this lipstick because the creamy formula feels weightless on the lips with a satin finish, while providing rich hydration.”

3. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk ($34): For celebrity makeup artist Tobi Henney, who works with Poppy Delevigne, it’s all about the dusty cult classic Pillowtalk. “It’s the perfect mix of pink [and] brown and looks great teamed with anything from a golden natural eye to a dark, smokey eye,” she says.

4. Clove + Hallow Lip Crème in Damsel ($20): While working with Alyssa Milano, Danai Gurira, and Priyanka Chopra, celebrity makeup artist Edward Cruz became a big fan of this raspberry color. “It’s a safe red that any skin tone gets along with,” he explains.

5. Tom Ford Beauty Lipstick in Devore ($55): Celebrity makeup artist Kate Synnott, whose clients include Rosie Huntington-Whitely, swears this neutral shade is worth every penny. “It’s like a natural lip color but deeper, so it’s an amazing way to accentuate the lips without it looking too lipstick-y,” she says. “It suits the palest skin and also works as a nude on darker skin.”

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