The Perfect Red Lipstick

By: Dr. Stephanie “Steff” Garcia

A red lip can instantly up your makeup game by 1000%. It can take a neutral look to a sultry, dramatic look all in one swipe. Not all reds are created equal however. Some formulas are creamer than others, some are matte, and some just don’t last. Today, I am going to share with you five red lipsticks I absolutely enjoy wearing. 

*I want to preface this blog by stating that using a lip liner (a red one) can significantly keep your red lippie from feathering and wearing off too soon. While it is not 100% bullet proof, it does define the lip, improve wear, and overall makes it easier to “stay within the lines” when working with such a bright color.

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in shade Starwoman

I’ve been working off my mini size of this insanely pigmented lippie for quite sometime now. This product has some amazing staying power that will definitely get you through the work day. It is a comfortable matte formula that applies the way a liquid lipstick would. I find this to have a blue undertone that, side note, makes your teeth look whiter! This red is very complimentary to all skin tones. You can find this fantastic lip pigment at Sephora for $26.

Urban Decay Cream Lipstick in shade 69

One of my all time favorite cosmetics brands, Urban Decay, has always been a staple in my collection. Urban Decay makes one of the best cream lipstick formulas on the market. It’s comfortable, pigmented, and easy to apply. The packaging is sleek and sturdy. I have two red shades, F-Bomb and 69. F-bomb is more of a traditional red with a warm undertone. 69 is my preferred shade because it has slight pink and blue undertones. It easily takes me through my work day with minimal touch ups. I also want to mention that Urban Decay has over 90 shades of lipsticks to choose from! No matter what your skin tone is, and no matter what color you are looking for, I’m pretty sure you will find it at Urban Decay. This lipstick retails for $19 at Ulta Beauty; however, all 90 + shades are available directly from the Urban Decay website.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in shade Heartbreaker 

Huda Beauty is that brand you look to for full-coverage, long-lasting wear. I cannot begin to say enough great things about Huda Beauty. This brand, created by Huda Kattan, originated from her YouTube and Instagram presence. For someone like me who is on both platforms as well, supporting other content creators is a no brainer. Now let’s get into the lipstick! I’ve used the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks for a long time. I have four different shades that I alternate between; however, my favorite is the red shade called Heartbreaker. This is a cool toned red that lasts all day long. It stays put, won’t budge, and doesn’t feather along the edges. You can eat a meal, teach a class, or be out at the beach and this lipstick is staying with you. Pick yours up for $20 at Sephora. 

Wet n Wild Megalast Matte Lip Color in shade Stoplight Red

My ride or die drugstore makeup brand is always going to be Wet n Wild. I grew up using this brand and continue to do so at age 38. I have a TON of Wet n Wild lipsticks that I use on the daily. One of my favorites in the Megalast Matte Lip Color in the shade Stoplight Red. This formula is a comfortable matte lippie that doesn’t over dry lips and lasts for a good number of hours. I find that I don’t have to touch up this red lipstick until after lunch. This is a warm toned red, perfect for year round. At only $3 a pop, you NEED to add this to our stash ASAP! The packaging is ultra cute too!

MAC x Selena La Reina Liquid Lipstick in shade Siempre Selena (limited edition) 

Two icons teaming up again to create an amazing makeup collection. The late Tejano Music Superstar Selena Quintanilla-Perez and the OG makeup brand, M.A.C., created the Selena La Reina Collection in honor of Selena’s love for makeup and fashion. The red liquid lipstick, Siempre Selena, is stunning! Selena was known for her infectious smile that was usually accompanied by a matte red lip. M.A.C. created a beautiful, blue toned red lipstick that is sure to enhance any look you pair it with. The formula is perfect for all-day, everyday wear. Do not wait on this lipstick, it is a limited edition available right now at Macy’s for $23.

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