Red lips seem to be all the rage this holiday season, and for good reason. They’re super festive, and they instantly glam up any outfit. If wearing red still seems daunting, don’t worry. Here are 6 shades to suit every comfort level. But first things first: when it comes to a bright lip, make sure your lips are exfoliated, moisturized, and lined with a lip liner. This helps with application and longevity. Now, on to red lips!
Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Cherry Flip: This gloss is perfect for anyone who is new to wearing red. It’s sheer, shimmer-free, and slightly plumping - perfect for those who are only comfortable with a tint of color.
Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Big Bang: For those who prefer a gloss but want the full opacity of a lipstick, this one’s for you. It’s extremely pigmented, long lasting, and super shiny. It’s a warmer red, which makes it perfect for ladies with warm undertones in their skin. Another perk? It’s a simple drugstore option!
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in #1: Matte red lips have been uber popular lately. So like the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer, this lipstick is highly pigmented, but dries down to a matte finish. Once it sets matte, its staying power will astonish you - perfect for parties when you don’t want to fuss over frequent touch-ups.
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Siren in Scarlet: Staying on the subject of mattes, here is the perfect drugstore option. This one is slightly more forgiving than the Sephora Creamy Lip Stain, and is a lot more moisturizing. Because of that, it’s more comfortable to wear than many other mattes, and an easy fix if you mess up its application.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in Kiss of Life: This lipstick is also matte, but with an ever-so-slight shinier finish than the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick. The formula is easy to wear, long-lasting, and not drying. And while the Maybelline option is on the blue-toned side, this one has a warmer tone to it.
YSL Pur Rouge Couture #1: Last but not least, YSL. We had to include this iconic lipstick, because its formula and stunning packaging are simply unbeatable. If mattes aren’t your thing, give this one a try. It’s not quite as long lasting, but it’s creamier formula is perfect for drier lips, and makes application super easy. The gorgeous, blood red shade dries to a satiny finish.
Will you be giving any of these a try or have a different one you love? Tell us about it below!
Guest Post: Alyson Alconis is the editor of The Beauty Vanity, a beauty blog based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having worked in the beauty industry with the biggest beauty brands, she focuses on reviews, product recommendation, beauty events, and various beauty looks.