‘Tis the season for rocking a red lip! Not that you need a special occasion to wear one, but the colour is especially popular this time of year. Besides the fact that it’s festive, slapping on a red lipstick can make you look like you spent way more time on your makeup than you actually did. Bonus! So, in the spirit of the holidays, I’d like to share with you all my “Top 5 Holiday Red Lip Colours”. Please note that I chose only permanent colours to avoid toying with anyone’s emotions (though an honourable mention goes to Jeffree Star’s Hoe Hoe Hoe, which, sadly, was limited edition).
Here they are, in no particular order:
If you like a deep red, LASplash StudioShine Lip Lustre in Lady is worth checking out. It’s a dark, blue-based red with very fine microshimmer that gives it a subtle metallic effect. Though it is pigmented, you can get a lighter, pinky-red if you apply only a small amount. The formula is super long-lasting and doesn’t slide around, which is great if you’re wearing it to a party where there’ll be food and drinks. Cheers to not looking like the Joker by the end of the night! Or, in my case, Rudolph, since some lipsticks can somehow migrate to my nose and even my forehead — yeah, I can’t figure that one out either. Just make sure your lips are well-prepped and hydrated beforehand, since this lipstick can also be slightly drying over time.
2. M.A.C. Lipstick – Viva Glam I ($20.00 CAD, available here)
If you’re looking for a deep red with more of a neutral undertone, M.A.C.‘s Viva Glam I is a great contender. It’s a medium-dark red with enough brown in it to keep it slightly muted. I often recommend this to people who are looking for a red that isn’t too bright or “loud”, and it looks great on a wide variety of skin tones. It has a matte finish, but it isn’t completely flat and is much more comfortable on the lips than a liquid lipstick. That being said, it doesn’t last quite as long as one either. One more great thing about this lipstick (and any Viva Glam lipstick) is that 100% of the selling price goes to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund — you can look good while doing good!
3. M.A.C. Lipstick – Ruby Woo ($20.00 CAD, available here)
If you’re a fan of a classic bright red lip (think Marilyn Monroe or Gwen Stefani), you might already be familiar with M.A.C.‘s Ruby Woo, since it’s one of M.A.C.‘s most popular shades. It’s a bold, blue-based cherry red with a matte finish. The colour is absolutely stunning, but, man, is it dry. So dry that it’s often used as a term of measurement for how dry another lipstick is (“It’s dry, but it’s not, like, Ruby Woo dry”). I still own it and love it, so it’s wearable, I’m just giving you an honest heads-up. My best advice is to make sure your lips are well moisturized/exfoliated, and if you can get your hands on a lip primer, it will make a world of difference. When I use M.A.C.‘s Prep + Prime Lip before applying this lipstick, I have no issues whatsoever. Even a light application of lip balm underneath will help, just don’t do a thick layer or the lipstick won’t apply properly. The upside to the dryness factor is that this lipstick really lasts — much longer than most other “regular” lipsticks.
4. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso ($24.00 USD/$31.00 CAD, available here)
If you like the colour of M.A.C.‘s Ruby Woo but you want a liquid lipstick version, I’d recommend taking a look at Stila‘s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. Described as a “true red”, it’s a bright, classic cherry red that’s maybe a hair less blue-based than Ruby Woo. I’ve given a review of this one before, and I think I’ve fallen even more in love with it since then. Since it’s a liquid lipstick, it’s going to stay put through eating/drinking/chatting and it’s not going to end up all over your face (just make sure to moisturize your lips beforehand). I’m a big fan of Stila‘s liquid lipstick formula; it’s extremely pigmented and smooth and I never have issues with patchiness or flaking.
5. Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss – Siren ($28.00 USD/$33.00 CAD, available here)
To those of you who like the idea of wearing red but feel like a lipstick is just too intense, I would recommend trying out a red lipgloss. I’m not a huge gloss person (unless it’s a nude), but I make an exception for Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in the shade Siren. It’s more of an orange-based red but, depending on your skin tone, it’ll lean more or less warm on you. It has a beautiful metallic finish that’s hard to capture in pictures, which makes the lips look nice and full. It’s very pigmented for a gloss (which is, of course, why I like it) but it can definitely be sheered out to show more of your natural lip colour underneath. It’s smooth and moisturizing without being excessively sticky, but because it is a gloss, it might migrate if you’re eating or drinking. It also won’t wear quite as long as a lipstick. My favourite way to wear this is actually on top of a red lipstick/liner, so it extends the wear time and makes it even more opaque.
That’s it for the roundup of my Top 5 Holiday Red Lip Colours! I hope you found some of these suggestions helpful. What are some of your favourite reds? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments!