I love red lipstick, it’s a great way to feel more polished with very little effort. It’s also good for Monday mornings when you’re tired and want to have the focus anywhere but your eyes. For my Friday Five today I thought I would share with you five of the best red lipsticks (according to me).
Number one is Mac’s Russian Red, one of my favourite red lipsticks. It’s a very classic red with a blue base (great for making your teeth look whiter!) and is very easy to wear. (Other popular Mac reds are Ruby Woo (more matte and more blue based red) and Lady Danger (coralish orange red) if you’re looking to invest in a Mac red).
Number two is Sephora’s Always Red Cream Lip Stain. This isn’t available in Australia just yet but with Sephora opening in Sydney in a matter of weeks you can get your hot little hands on this amazing lipstick for yourself! It’s a beautiful classic red with an amazing long lasting formula. This is my favourite long-lasting lipstick ever. And that is a big call! It’s not too drying and the colour stays put all day long. If I’d had this when I got married last year I would have worn it! I so badly wanted red lipstick for my wedding day but wanting to kiss my husband without worrying about smudgy lippy won out in the end!
Number three is Nars’ Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. This is slightly more of an orangey-red but I really love it. I never thought a lip pencil would be my thing as I was never much of a matte lip person but I absolutely love matte lips ever since finding these lip pencils. I also have ‘Dragon Girl’ which would come close to matching Red Square for my love but I’d say it leans more towards a pink than a red.
Number four is Mac’s Lip Pencil in Cherry. These lip pencils are so versatile and you can actually wear it in three different ways. You can do a standard matte lip created by colouring your lips in with the lip pencil (you can also do this and then follow up with lipstick in a similar shade like Russian Red to really make your lipstick last!). You can also do glossy red lip, colour your lips in like you would for a matte lip and then top with your favourite clear lip gloss or balm.
The third way, which is what I have done for here, is a washed out look, where you colour less intensely than a matte lip and use the lip balm/gloss to smudge it out and wash the colour out a bit so it’s a softer look. It’s a bit more maintenance if you want to keep it looking like this as you’ll probably need to reapply after eating but it fades super evenly and so if you can’t touch up during the day it’s not a massive deal.
The fifth is a new one for me and a cheaper option if you don’t want to be spending big on your lippy: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 240 Striking. This is a lip crayon in a nice bright orangey-red red which lasts surprisingly well for a supermarket/’drug store’ brand. The colour is really intense but buildable so you can have a lighter lip or a really bold colour. I think it’s a really great option for a cheaper red lipstick and great if you’re not sure if red will work for you.
So those are my five favourite lipsticks, what’s your favourite?
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