Since red lipstick is so bold, it usually looks best if you keep the rest of your makeup relatively simple. Black eyeliner and lots of mascara is all you really need! False eyelashes work wonders if you know how to apply them (tutorial coming soon!). If you want a little extra glam for evening, sweep a shimmery neutral eyeshadow all over your eyelid, and lightly blend a dark brown shadow into your crease.
|L to R: Revlon, MAC, Chanel, Dior, Urban Decay|
Best Drugstore Red: Revlon Super Lustrous Certainly Red
Revlon has the best red lipsticks of any other drugstore brand; all of them are great, but my favorite is Certainly Red. It's a fantastic bargain and almost as good as MAC. Almost.
Best Matte Red: MAC Russian Red
There's a reason this shade is a top five favorite of makeup artists, celebrities, and just about every lady who wears lipstick, period. Gwen Stefani adores it. Dita Von Teese swears by it. Russian Red is just that good. It's a color as legendary and flattering as NARS's Orgasm blush and definitely a red lipstick staple! It stays put for ages, hardly fades, and delivers the most saturated color of any lipstick I've used.
Best Red Lipgloss: Urban Decay Pocket Rocket
The packaging is kind of gimmicky (holographic boys! pheromones molded into the plastic tube!), but once you get past it, there are two amazing red lipgloss shades in this collection. Eric is a true red, while Colin is a brilliant orange red (yes, the shades are named after boys as well). The gloss is thick but not gloopy and the colors look amazing alone or layered over lipstick. It's especially perfect if you want to try red lips but still keep the color sheer.
Best Red Lipstick Formula: Dior Addict Red Carpet
AKA the most hydrating lipstick you will ever wear. It feels like lip balm and shines a little like gloss but lasts like a lipstick! The light formula is fabulous for summer.
Best Red Ever: Chanel Rouge Allure Passion
Though all the lipsticks on this list are the best of the best, this is the one I wear most often! It's not the first red lipstick I ever bought, but it's the first I fell in love with. It's absolutely perfect. The formula is a little waxy so the color stays forever, but isn't drying like matte lipsticks can be. I like to dab and blot it on my lips rather than drag the lipstick across. The packaging is unique and glamorous. It's pricey but unbelievably chic and the color is marvelous! It's like a little tube of elegance, I love it.
Red Lipstick Essentials: Primer, pretty compact mirror, black eyeliner, false eyelashes!
Bonus! Super cool outfit ideas for rocking red lips.