Lipstick can be an affordable luxury, even if you opt for designer shades that cost more than $40 a pop. In general, splurge-worthy lipsticks contain higher-quality ingredients that lend a creamier finish.
Set your sights on a couple of signature shades you can wear from season to season. Apply each "as is," layer them for a custom color or top them with an inexpensive gloss to lend your lips a new hue. To play up your lips by making them appear fuller, try a light shade of lipstick with a dot of clear lip gloss applied right under the bow of your top lip and in the center of your bottom lip [source: Real Simple].