Nestled directly between the Fourth of July and Labor Day is a lesser known holiday that nevertheless strikes joy into the hearts of cosmetics lovers everywhere, and that holiday is National Lipstick Day. While the holiday does not celebrate a battle won or a president's accomplishments, it does encourage lipstick lovers to rejoice in their right to express themselves through their cosmetics, and why not memorialize this freedom with a holiday?
Many lipstick proponents simply feel underdressed without a swipe of color across their pout. Sofia Vergara once said, "If I walk outside without lipstick, I feel naked," and her glamorous predecessor Audrey Hepburn took her adoration a step further, claiming, "I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick."
Whether you're a diehard devotee or an occasional user, lipstick's power is undeniable. A dash of matte nude can add polish to a demure suiting ensemble, while a layer of fiery crimson is nothing short of empowering for a sultry rendezvous with your significant other. Unsurprisingly, Instagram's many users rallied in support of National Lipstick Day, turning out images both witty and wondrous. Read on for the 11 best Instagrams of the holiday, and don't forget to initiate your own celebration of this aesthetically pleasing holiday.
1. Stila's Perfectly Pretty Closeup
Stila chose to honor the holiday by posting a beautifully rendered closeup of a model sporting the perfect shade of pink.
2. M.A.C. Cosmetics's Raunchy Reveal
True to form, M.A.C. theatrically posted a picture of one lucky lad covered in lipstick kisses.
3. Benefit's Cheeky Advice
Benefit recognized the holiday by uploading an image emblazoned with wise words.
4. Estee Lauder's Throwback Post
Estee Lauder celebrated #ThrowbackThursday a day early with vintage images of its lipstick shade names.
5. Charlotte Tilbury's Lippy Love
In the manner of Rocky Horror, Charlotte Tilbury promoted her new lip hues with a vibrantly-colored post.
6. NARS' Lipstick Rainbow
NARS rocked a rainbow cornucopia of lipsticks to embrace the holiday.
7. O'Shaughnessey Apparel's Equestrian Eccentricity
Equestrian clothing company O'Shaughnessey horsed around with an Instagram image of a lipstick-laden stallion, proving that even four-legged friends adore hot pink lips.
8. Lancome Central America's Crimson Heart
A stylistic crimson heart ornamented Lancome Central America's Instagram page.
9. Georgia The Golden Lab's Mean Girls Riff
Georgia The Golden Lab felt the love from her owner — and indulged in a bit of Mean Girls reminiscence — with a light smattering of fuchsia lipstick marks.
10. Viking Books's Words To Live By
Diamonds may have been a girl's best friend in Marilyn Monroe's day, but books and lipstick are the modern woman's equivalent.
11. Intermix's Thoughtful Advice
Echoing Benefit's sound relationship advice, Intermix posted a similar commentary on cosmetic signs your relationship is exemplary.
Happy National Lipstick Day!