My Top 5 Red Lipsticks

Trends come and go but a classic red lip is forever. Red lipstick has been a timeless staple in every woman’s makeup collection for decades.

Whether matte or glossy, deep or bright, a bolt of red lipstick can update your look instantly and does wonders for your confidence.

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Every makeup lover needs (at least) one red lipstick in their arsenal so I have put together a list of some of my favourites.

1. MAC Ruby Woo








This one goes without saying.  Ruby Woo is a classic, bold cherry red with a hint of blue that demands attention. Arguably one of the most famous red lipstick shades, the semi-matte formula was even made into a spin-off shade just for Rihanna called Riri Woo.

2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Cruella







I love the convenience of having this in a pencil while having the creamy, smooth application of a lipstick. The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is a beautiful bold, scarlet red and lives up to its name with its beautiful soft velvet finish. No liner needed.

3. Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Lipstick, Ma’Damn







Of course Rihanna’s latest collection had to be part of the lineup and with good reason. I love this lipstick because of its  light-as-air texture that glides on creamy and stays put—no bleeding or feathering after applying— super important for a red lip. Ma’Damn is a medium-dark red with a velvety-soft matte finish.

4. Motives Cosmetics, Sorry Not Sorry







Another blue-based red I constantly reach for and keep on me at all time. I love the Motives Maven Mattes in Sorry not Sorry for the beautiful shade, colour payoff, creamy formula and longevity. It is a liquid lipstick that dries to a beautiful matte finish and the wand/brush makes for smooth, precise application.

5. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, Temper








This shade is warm and rich, which will complement those with warm or neutral skin tones very well. The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Temper would be considered an orange-red. You’ll find that while it’s bold, its a bit tamer than your other reds. This lipstick  is a comfort matte finish, which means it’s long-lasting without being drying.


What are some of your favourite reds? Let me know in the comments below!

18 thoughts

    1. You can do it! When I first wore a red lip I was super self-conscious. Now I can’t get enough. It just does something to your confidence! Give it a try! 😉 xo

  1. It’s sad that I only wear Ruby Woo and when I attempt to try other shades, I’m just not satisfied with how that particular shade looks on me. Perhaps I’m not pairing it with the right lip liner if applicable, etc. However, with this blog post I will be sure to try these awesome new shades of red to pair with my beautiful brown skin! 🙂

  2. Girl thanks for this post. I been buying my red lipsticks from Walgreen’s make up counter for years. I looked up some of these and they’re not all that expensive. Think it might be time to switch? Hmm….Great post!

  3. Red lipstick is so bold and glamorous! I think it’s important to get a shade that’s right for your skintone though. I once had a lipstick that was way to bright. It made me look quite clownish!

  4. Yes, I am so here for a great red lip!! My favorite red lip has to be a nonane matte lippie I purchased from my local beauty supply store. This hippie has strong staying power and looks great on me!! Love this post Hun!!

  5. A red lip is a must! One red lip that I like is Colourpop’s Avenue, which I lost lol. I would love to try Mac’s Ruby Woo and Motives Cosmetics’ Sorry Not Sorry. They look so nice!

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