I remember when I bought my first red lippie, I was so shy to wear it. It was such a bold colour for me in my early 20's but as soon as I gave it a chance, I fell in love! Ive never looked back on the red shade and its my favourite colour to wear. It gives me confidence and a feeling of empowerment! I always feel gorgeous in a red lip and like to keep the rest of my makeup toned down to let the lipstick be the star of the day!
I wanted to share my most used red lipsticks and tell you why I love them. They all range in different red shades, as you can see in the below picture, so I always have a different look!
Ive found over the years that all red shades/ tones have suited my olive/ medium brown skin shade. I mostly like to use a liner with all red lipsticks to give a bold defined look and to stop any bleeding. I also ensure my lips are buffed and super soft with the aid of lip scrubs and a balms to create a lush smooth finish.
Guerlain Kiss Kiss in ROUGE KISS
This gorgeous lipstick is packaged in a unique case of cubes. I won this on twitter via Dave Lackie and was really excited as I had never won anything before! The lipstick has a sheer finish, glossy in texture and is a strawberry red shade. Guerlian is a french brand and reminds me of Parisian beauties with minimalistic fresh makeup looks. So I believe this lipstick is best worn with no liner to create a chic blotted finish.
Due to the finish of the lipstick its not very long lasting but can effortlessly be reapplied when required. This is one I reach to quite often as I find it really low maintenance to apply and keep topped up during the day and is really moisturising.
Loreal Color Riche, By Blake in Blakes Pure Red
I really underestimated high street brand lipsticks but the Loreal Colour Rich lipsticks are absolutely amazing. They are rich is pigment, really hydrating and long lasting.
The Blake Collection's Blake Pure Red is a raspberry red with hints of berry tones and is a velvet matte finish. I found that my lips are kept hydrated with this formula and my lips look plump all day long ( I find with some matte shades my lips get de hydrated and makes the creases in my lips visiable). I do use a liner with this lipstick to create a precise finish but can also be used without as It doesn't bleed.
Mac Satin in MAC RED
This red lipstick is the first of these 5 that I purchased. Although Ruby Woo is the most popular red shade from MAC, I found it super matte and I wasnt used to matte lipsticks at the time , so I opted for MAC RED. This lipstick has a satin finish but is really pigmented and is another Red with slight berry tones. I use this mostly with my Rimmel exaggerate lip liner which has a matte finish so avoid any bleeding. Its long lasting and also very hydrating. I love wearing this red for special occasions are it has an amazing satin finish and gives a luxurious feel.
Topshop Lips in RIO RIO
This is my summer red shade. It is a Topshop lipstick which is inexpensive for the quality. This red has a slight orange tone to it, which makes it vibrant and fun for sunny days. This is always with me when I am holiday along with another red shade for the evenings. I love pairing this lipstick with bronzed skin and just mascara. The finish is semi matte but with a creamy application. I do use a neutral liner with this lipstick to avoid bleeding. It last for most of the day but does require some top up after eating or drinking.
Mecca Max A Lipster Liquid Lipstick: WHAN BAM This is my second A Lipster lipstick from Mecca Max. I am in love with everything about these liquid lipsticks, its a shame they have a small selection of colours and I only like the two shades that I have! This Red Liquid lipstick is a pure red shade. The liquid lipstick is a very light in weight formula which feels like its barely there , its long lasting for sure ( its a b**** to take off!) and doesn't dry out the lips. It has a rectangular shaped applicator which makes lining the lips really easy. It has a matte finish and my lips feel hydrated all day long and it doesn't budge. You will definitely need to make sure that your lips are buffed and super soft before using this liquid lipstick.
TIP: I like to buff my lips 2-3 times a week in the evening as part of my night routine. I either use a sugar lip scrub or an old toothbrush! I have found that when I scrub my lips right before using a matte lipstick, some skin which isn't really to come off is loosened which makes it visible when applying the lipstick. By exfoliating my lips in the night and using a lipstick the day after, it gives enough time for a balm to soften the lips and the rest of of the skin.
I wanted to mention the Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Red Diva. Its not a lipstick but a full colour liner which I LOVE using all over my lips with nothing on top. Its a lipstick to me and I use this the most, I have got through so many of these over the years and feel really lost without it! Its a really soft crayon liner with a matte waterproof finish. This lasts all day long even through eating and drinking. This liner is a red with deep berry tones so I also use this as just a liner around the lips when pairing it with other lipsticks of similar shades.
These are my most used red lipstick that I love using and really enjoyed sharing them with you. Whats your favourite go to lipstick shade that makes you feel confident? Let me know!