Red lipstick is the one beauty staple that every woman should have if nothing else. It’s a versatile lip color that can be worn casually during the day or you can dress it up with the rest of your makeup for a fancier occasion. The real challenge is finding the perfect red lip for your skin tone. At first glance it may seem like all red lipsticks look the same but that’s far from the truth. Different red lipsticks have different undertones: there’s warm undertones, orange undertones, cool undertones, blue-based reds, etc.
When it comes to darker skin, I personally tend to lean towards more blue-based reds since they make my teeth look whiter and it complements my skin tone better as it pops more. If I want something more modern I’ll reach for an orange-based red lipstick to make it more casual. To lift the burden of finding that perfect red lipstick off your shoulders, I’ve created a simple beginner’s roundup for those looking to find the perfect red lip.
1. Fenty Beauty - Stunna $24
It’s only fair that we honor queen RiRi and how she’s taken the beauty industry by storm with her new Fenty Beauty line. November 23rd marks the day her new lip color “Stunna” drops. The Stunna Lip Paint is a 12 hour long-wearing liquid lipstick that dries down to a matte finish and is a universally flattering red that isn’t for the faint of heart.
2. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick - Fiery $22
One of my favorite lipsticks, this is a flattering blue-based red that’s sure to fit anyone with dark skin. I like to use this one with a brown lip liner since it is on the brighter side and I’d rather not run the risk of looking like a clown.
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3. MAC - Ruby Woo $17
Arguably the most iconic red lip to ever grace this earth, this retro matte lipstick is one of MAC’s bestsellers for a reason. This is described as a “very matte, vivid blue-red”, which makes it yet another universally flattering color that’s guaranteed to pop against any skin tone.
4. Charlotte Tilbury - Red Carpet Red $39
Like the title suggests, this matte lipstick is fit for a glamorous and classic beauty. This ruby red lipstick is a color inspired by the likes of classic icons like Marilyn Monroe that you can channel with just one swipe of color.
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5. Pat McGrath - Elson $38
The queen of makeup artistry herself has not only created this shade but she’s also crowned it as the supreme blue-red lipstick, and she might be on to something with this bold and iconic shade.
6. MAC - Chili $10
This orange-based red lipstick is perfect for those who are looking for a more casual red lip to wear during the day, this is it.
7. The Lip Bar - Vixen $14
A glossy spin-off of their bold Bawse Lady red liquid lipstick, this is perfect for those who want a more glamorous and luscious red lip.
8. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain - Always Red 01 $14
Classic, cheap, and courageous are the three C’s to describe this matte cream lipstick best. Since it’s a cream formula, it’s more on the moisturizing side which means you won’t have to worry about dry lips cracking with exaggerated texture of the lips. Just a smooth, even, and pigmented wash of classic red.
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