5 January 2015

When only red will do

A picture of the best red lip products from MAC, NARS, OCC, Lime Crime, Revlon, Sephora, Illamasqua and NARS
I’m a sucker for a red lip. There’s something timeless and classic about a bold red lip, a shade which always stands out from the crowd – a shade that instantly makes me feel more confident.

Lip liner is a must for me when going for a red lip, something to keep that colour in place, making it last as long as possible. MAC Cherry Lip Pencil, £12.50, is a classic and cult red lip liner, a red liner which can be teamed with any tone of red lipstick for a perfect long-lasting lip. A gorgeous cherry red, it’s my go-to lip liner for those red lipped days. If you want something a little brighter, Illamasqua Feisty ColouringPencil, £15, is perfect for adding a pop of vivid red. The perfect in-between of Cherry and Feisty is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics NSFW Cosmetic Colour Pencil, £14.85,; not as deep as Cherry or as bright as Feisty, but the perfect shade to team with more everyday wearable reds.

For those who want a red lip but aren’t brave enough to go for bold, opaque shades, I have a couple in my picks that are perfect! Revlon Cherry Tart Lip Butter, £7.99, is the easiest way to achieve a subtle red lip, a light cherry red with a sheer finish that can be built up for more intensity, whilst still feeling comfortable and moisturising. Sephora Collection 10 Red Essence Rouge Infusion, $14/£9.62 is another great option, a warmer red with berry undertones that can be worn sheer or built up for a bolder look, with a stunning demi-gloss finish and amazing longevity.

If like me you’ve completely jumped on the liquid lacquer bang-wagon over the past couple of years, then Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Lime Crime and Sephora have some amazing reds which will make your lips stand out. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Psycho Matte Lip Tar, £16.50, is one of my favourites and most-reached for reds when I’m opting for a liquid lipstick; a truly bold red that has slight orange undertones and gives a look some real oomph. A touch less bold but just as beautiful is the Sephora Collection 03 Strawberry Kissed Cream Lip Stain, $13/£8.93.  A true red, it has a lovely matte finish and some of the best lasting power for a lip product you could ever find! Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetines, £13.50, is a great in-between red; imagine a red velvet cupcake and that’s what this beauty is like. With lasting power that’s just as good as Sephora’s offering, the Lime Crime Velvetines are a must-have in my beauty stash.

When nothing but a classic lipstick will do, there are some great offerings from MAC, Lime Crime, Manic Panic and Illamasqua. A true cult shade and possibly the most perfect true red out there, is MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, £15.50. With a Matte finish I find this one is best with a good lip liner and a touch of gloss to finish, but if you’re looking for that perfect classic red, this is it.  For those who can pull of a really bright red, Lime Crime Retrofuturist Lipstick, £12.50, is one of the boldest reds I own. A super bright cool toned red, it’s gorgeous with a touch of bronze come the warmer months. A new favourite red of mine is a deep, berry red in the form of Manic Panic Kiss of Death Matte Lipstick, £8.99; it has a very subtle but totally gorgeous metallic touch, and is my current go-to for winter. Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick, £18.50, is another super popular red for those who want a really bold true red, and with its soft matte finish, it’s one of my favourites.

Last but not least, how could I cover my favourite reds without two of my most-reached for NARS offerings? NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, £18, is bright and bold with orange undertones and works amazingly well with Illamasqua Feisty – one of my most used summer shades. Deeper in tone, NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, £18, is the perfect in-between of Sephora Red Essence and Manic Panic Kiss of Death – teamed with MAC Cherry and we are talking a killer red lip combo that’ll have heads turning.

What’s your go-to for a red lip

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  1. I would love to try some of the Lime Crime lip products. I think it is the packaging that makes me want to! I never usually wear red lipsticks as I get too nervous. I think I need to go for more of a coral shade as that isn't as bold! x

    Mapped Out | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

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    1. MAC have some lovely coral reds :) xo

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  2. I love red lipstick I don't think anything beats red velvet from lime crime for me! I want to try some Mac reds because I only have one Mac lipstick!

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    1. I have an addiction to MAC lipsticks... they are my favourite! Lime Crime Velvetines are just so, so good though! xo

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  3. Illamasqua's Maneater is gorgeous!! My favourite reds are the Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple (for a brighter red), the Rimmel Kate Moss 111 Matte Lipstick and the new Rimmel Provocalips in 'Kiss Me You Fool' is also an AMAZING red that lasts all day!!

    Kat x
    KatHorrocks.com

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    1. I used to adore Rimmel lipsticks when I was younger, but they've changed the formulas over the years and I can't get on with them any more! I do love the Apocalips range though xo

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  4. lovely picks! my go to for a red lip is a toss up between NARS audacious in charlotte, or MAC russian red/ruby woo!

    brooke | http://brookeelise-beauty.blogspot.com/

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    1. I really need to try some of the lipsticks from NARS - I have tons of the lip pencils and a couple of glosses, but really need to dabble in the more traditional lipstick range! xo

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  5. What a lovely round up! I'm a NARS Dragon Girl devotee, myself, but I love some of these picks. That gorgeous Manic Panic one is going on my list. x

    Melissa | M is for Melissa

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    1. Let me know if you decide to add Kiss of Death to your stash :) xo

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  6. Wow you have so many amazing reds, love them all :) x
    http://insaneaboutmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Nina! I am a little bit obsessed with lip products xo

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  7. I have three go to red lip products, Lime Crime Red Velvet, Illamasqua Sangers and Mac's Lady Danger.

    Francesca xo //EffStar Beauty

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    1. Sounds like some beautiful reds to me! xo

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  8. I NEED OCC lip tar in Technopagan, so perfect! I need to try Lime Crime too, the packaging is wonderful x
    lipstickandlightening.blogspot.ie

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    1. Lime Crime packaging is always amazing! xo

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  9. I can't seem to get over my fear of pulling off a red lip! The closest I've come is a Revlon Lip Butter like you mentioned, I think the shade was Watermelon so it wasn't too strong or vibrant xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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    1. I have Watermelon, it's a lovely shade :) xo P.s. I think you'd rock a bold red lip! xo

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  10. I love a red lip, it's always my go to look. I love Rimmel 107, but I also need Mac Ruby Woo in my collection.

    GreyWalls 

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    1. Ruby Woo is such a perfect classic red! Let me know if you decide to add it to your collection :) xo

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