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Top 10 Red Lipsticks.

Wearing red lipstick is an instant mood booster and gets you noticed! But finding the right red lipstick can be intimidating.

When choosing a red lipstick, you need to take into account 3 things: color, texture, and opacity. If possible try on a few and determine what makes you feel best, but keep these following tips in mind.

Top 10 Red Lipsticks

  • Blue reds look best on pale skin
  • Neutral reds look good on most skin tones
  • Orange based reds look better on tanned or darker skin
  • Brick and deeper reds and burgundies look good on medium skins
  • Darker and brighter pink based reds look great on pale to medium skins

Once you have the tone you want in your mind you can go about finding several variations in texture and opacity to suit every mood. Matte and full coverage lipsticks look sophisticated and sexy but can be applied with a finger to sheer them out and make them more of a stain, sheer lipsticks tend to be glossier and more youthful looking, and red glosses have more of a sexy vibe. Experiment with what you think suits your look best and don’t be afraid to try a lot of different reds before settling on one, or several.

I have several favorite red lipsticks that I have come across in my years of testing. Here are my top ten.

best red lipsticks

1. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

2. COVERGIRL Lipperfection Lipcolor in Hot

3. Yves Saint Laurent Pure Colour Lipstick in Le Rouge

4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense in 42 Satin Vermillion Red

5. NARS Lipstick in Heatwave

6. BUXOM Full Bodied Lipstick in Rouge

7. L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Red Fatale

8. Bite Beauty VIB Rouge Creme Lipstick in VIB Rouge

9. MAC Lipstick in Russian Red

10. Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Fiery


Reader Comments (15)

I don't have a single one of those! :o
Oooh. I love your selections. I have the YSL lipstick, but that's it. Obviously I need to add to my collection!
You're making me have the urge to go buy drugstore red lippies!!! I'm loving the CoverGirl!
SO many great suggestions and good tips. I can never pull off a red lip. I've never tried, but maybe I'll take one of your suggestions.
I love red lipstick and use Heatwave and Ruby Woo. They are both very different but work so well for me. I want to check out Buxom!
Great choices. I think I need to check out that L'Oreal shade. Looks like something I would love.
Great choices. What fun that you bloggers are doing this. So many new lippies to love and test!
Hmm methinks I need to try that Bite Beauty shade STAT!
I need to try NARS Heatwave! I see you love Fiery too :)
I love that NARS lipstick - will have to try it! Even tho I'm pale, I love orange reds bc of my yellow undertones. :)
I don't have ANY of these! I have a tarte LipSurgence in Lust that is red that I like. Several of these are going on my want list
I love your explanation of which reds work for different skintones. Now I understand why I gravitate towards pinky reds and cherry reds.
I like pink based reds. Great red picks.
Oh wow you have the best reds here. I have the MAC and NARS and I had the CoverGirl but used it up. I had the Tarte but I didn't like how matte it was. I need to try more. Going to look for the L'Oreal today. Never heard of Bite Beauty.
I can't wear red lipstick and I've tried. I just look foolish.

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