By now I’m sure you’ve probably noticed that I kiiiiind of have a thing for red lipstick. Somewhere over the years it became a signature of mine within the blog world and while it used to just be an every once in awhile kind of thing, red lipstick has become what makes me feel the most Pretty & Fun. You’ll find me rocking a bold lip in every outfit post and at every blogger event, which means there’s been a lot of trial and error behind the scenes to find just the right shade for a classic red lip.
After getting a bunch of questions recently about what lipstick I’m wearing in photos or advice on finding a great shade of classic red that’s universally flattering, I wanted to share 5 of the best red lipsticks I’ve tried and loved over the years:
Revlon ‘Really Red’: I like to consider this lipstick my gateway drug to becoming a full-fledged red lipstick addict. It’s a really great blue-based red with a matte finish and a price tag that’s perfect for when you’re experimenting in bold lip colors and don’t yet want to take the plunge with a designer brand. This lipstick really started it all for me and is still in my regular line up since it wears really well and is an universally flattering shade.
NARS ‘Red Lizard’: Sephora describes this one as a “full powered red” and damn, I have to agree! This is a slightly deeper shade with a matte finish that is really creamy and wears well throughout the day without ever feeling too dry or heavy. I really like this shade for evening events or when I’m wearing a more formal look since it makes a big impact with its slightly deeper red hue.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in ‘Beso’: My newest favorite, I recently hopped on the liquid lipstick train after years of resistance and Stila’s liquid lipstick really does stay all day. ‘Beso’ is a super wearable shade that isn’t too overpowering for daytime wear and it has a really light, almost whipped texture that stays put throughout the day without feeling dry or sticky, even with eating involved.
Lancome Matte Lip Crayon on ‘Oui, Monsieur’: The crayon tip of this Lancome shade makes it basically foolproof to apply (which is important when you’re going with a bold lip color!) and ‘Oui, Monsieur’ is your super classic red. You can get a really precise outline of your lips with the crayon, making no lip liner needed, and it’s really creamy with a matte finish.
Sephora Collection ‘Always Red’: This shade stays put like no other and with a price tag that’s an incredible value (only $14!) for just how damn good the product is. I’ve gotten multiple friends hooked on this red and I swear it looks great on everyone and is super pigmented and doesn’t smudge a bit – it’s even kiss proof!
Do you have a favorite shade of red lipstick?