I love a good red lip. Red dresses up any look and makes you feel feminine. Generally I lean towards a more natural look from day to day, but when I want to feel a little special I’ll reach for the red. Every shade of red, whether it be a fire engine red, a pimento with a hint of orange or a dark crimson looks different on everyone. I have admired someone’s color and then tried it on myself, only to be disappointed that it didn’t complement my coloring. There are actually hundreds, if not thousands, of different reds to choose from. How do you know what works for you? They say that the best way to find your perfect red is to go into a cosmetic store like Sephora or a makeup counter like Benefit and ask a professional to match your skin tone. They can help you find your perfect shade.

Red lip tips…

  • Wear very little eye make-up. Your lips are the main focus here and just a little bit of mascara will do the trick.
  • Avoid darker shades of red if you have thin lips. They tend make them look smaller.
  • To prevent bleeding, apply a small amount of concealer around the border of your mouth.
  • To prevent your red lip from fading, fill them in with a matching lip liner before applying your lipstick.
  • Avoid getting red on your teeth by placing your index finger in your mouth and close. Then pull your finger out to get rid of any excess.
  • Wear your red lip with confidence.

My favorite reds: 08 Iconic by Jemma Kidd, Russian Red by MAC, Wild Rose by Korres and my go-to red tint is Sugar Cherry by Fresh. Do you have a favorite red?

Photos above: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right.


  • Mia@Razzle Dazzle Rose

    Red lips always! My favorite shade is Chanel 99 Pirate…incredibly long lasting and a deep shade of red.

  • Kate

    Wearing minimal eye makeup with a dark red lip is so key. Love the inspiration here.

  • Juju at Tales of Whimsy...

    I love red but always feel like such a hussy when I wear it. I think it’s my big lips.

  • Fanny

    Red Lips = Best friend for a night !

    Mine is a Chanel , Rouge coco collection- Rivoli color !à-Lèvres-ROUGE-COCO-90679?sku=91671

  • mia

    I really like mac’s ruby woo and lady bug. both are just a touch deeper than the traditional bright red.

  • Lilli

    I love red lips. Especially with a very simple or no eye make up like in the photo on the top left. My favourite lip stick is from Dr. Hauschka (a German natural cosmetic brand), No. 4 warm red.

  • nanette

    i love a red lip. it gives you so much confidence! i must wear them more often. :)

  • Gatoune

    Red… So punk…So funk…

  • Milka

    I LOVE a red lip. It makes you look put together instantly. My faves are MAC Russian Red, a classic, Kat Von D lipstick in Hellbent and Revlon Love That Red. For daytime I like Tarte lip tint in Lust or Sephora lip stain in Lush Flush.

  • sherri

    I also love a good red lip. My favourite reds (for my complexion) are ones that have an orange undertone. MAC’s ‘So Chaud’ is the best. I highly recommend it for pale skin-tones.

  • Stacey

    So Chaud by MAC is my favorite! An orangey bright red, I love it especially in the summertime!

  • Lisa

    Love this new kinda post and your new site!!! xoxo

  • Jayleen

    Ruby Woo by M.AC. Is the best red ever! perfect matte. I try and wear it everyday:) makes me feel fabulous!

  • Arora

    My favorite red lipsticks are Lady bug from MAC and Artdeco 111 that is a little orangie. I did a red lipstick challenge ( The challenge was I had to wear red lipstick every day for 10 days from morning to evening,no matter what. It was much harder then I expected.

  • petal and plume

    i love sugar cherry by fresh as well! mac ruby woo is a classic!

  • Adrienne

    This gives me hope as I’ve been sure that I cannot wear red. The shape of my mouth doesn’t seem suited for that attention. I tried Clinique’s Two Ton Tomato and liked the sheerness but my husband was not impressed. He insists that red could never look good on me, thus my apprehension. But I’m going to get a pro’s opinion and paint my lips red! I am a rare breed of redhead that can tan… would appreciate any suggestions.

  • seve

    I agree, Red is like pretty escarpins, perfect with jeans and a sweater, it made you feel beautiful! My long time favorite one is Dragon Girl by Nars, THE perfect Red and my last crush are Funny Face (Nars too) a gorgeous deep Pink, and Digitale (Rouge Baiser) a very matt burgundy.
    A very good tip il like to use is to mix, you put a little bit of fuschia (for exemple) in the center of classic deep red lips and it make the color vibrates!

  • riris

    I really love red lips, it’s nice and refreshing my look..

  • Jennifer

    I love Nars lip crayons as they don’t need a liner to keep them from feathering. My favorite shade is Dragon Girl. I’ve also been using Tarte lipsurgence tint in Moody (a lovely berry shade) for when I need more moisture.

  • Jean

    just bought my first red lipstick the other day! thanks for the tips! my lips are thin and now i know how to wear red lips w/ confidence. thank you. thank you! :)

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