6 x the perfect red lipstick

the best red lipsticks



If I can pull off a red lip, I’m pretty sure I can own a house, do my own taxes, get through terrifying social situations and pretty much conquer the whole world. Red lipstick is a classic product that is as simple as it gets, yet sometimes it’s the most powerful makeup you can wear.

I know the struggle of finding just the right red shade so in this post I’m sharing all the best red lipsticks I’ve found. I chose gorgeous classic pure reds, that lean more to the cool side. If you’re looking for warmer orange red shades, stay tuned, because I’m doing another post soon where I list all the best orange lipsticks.

Perfect red lipsticks

Here are the six best red lipsticks from my collection. Two of these are organic, so if you’re into natural beauty, you don’t have to compromise on the quality or color. I also have some luxury options and some inexpensive drugstore lipsticks as well.

the best red lipsticks

best red lipstick avril vrai rouge

avril vrai rouge red lipstick

Avril Lipstick Pencil, Vrai Rouge

Certified organic

You’re guaranteed to succeed with this, because the pencil is so easy to apply. The color is a perfect red. More on the matte side, since it is a pencil. This has a fruity scent, which surprised me positively!

Shop *Avril Lipstick Pencil, Vrai Rouge $7,97

best red lipstick isadora red carpet

best red lipsticks isadora red carpet

bridesmaids makeup
Used IsaDora Red Carpet on some bridesmaids.

IsaDora Perfect Matt Lipstick, Red Carpet

The perfect matte red lipstick. It’s neutral or just slightly cool. This has been my ride or die since I found it eight years ago. I used this on these two bridesmaids. Such a universally flattering red! The matte consistency also stays really well.

Shop IsaDora Perfect Matt Lipstick, Red Carpet ~ 15€

best red lipstick jane iredale triple luxe gwen

best red lipstick jane iredale gwen

Wearing Jane Iredale Gwen lipstick. From the post: makeup tips from my childhood makeup idol.

Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Lipstick, Gwen

A red with a raspberry tint to it. Shiny finish. This is my favorite lipstick formula – it’s so comfortable. The lipstick packaging in itself is also perfect with a magnetic closure and all that.

Read my full review on Jane Iredale’s Triple Luxe lipstick: The best lipstick I’ve ever tried?

Shop *Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Lipstick, Gwen  $35

best red lipstick zuii classic red

zuii classic red lipstick

Zuii Organic Classic Red

Certified Organic

Zuii’s Classic Red is indeed a beautiful classic red. I’ve used this before a lot (I got a new fresh one for this post). Zuii’s lipstick formula is another favorite of mine. Since it’s packed with natural oils and waxes, it feels comfortable on the lips, even though it’s semi matte.

Shop *Zuii Organic Flora Lipstick, Classic Red  $29.95

Photo from the post: How to achieve the perfect red lip makeup?

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lipstick, 12

YSL Tatouage Couture Lipsticks are not only pretty, but the liquid lipstick formula is really well done as well. It’s super thin, yet packed with pigment. Matte. This has the slightest hint of orange in it, but I’m still categorizing it as red.

Shop *YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain, 12 ~$50

best red lipstick rimmel play with fire

Rimmel Provocalips Kiss Proof Lip Colour, Play With Fire

This is the only one of these, that is actually smudge proof. Or kiss proof – really. It stays super well and can only be removed with a waterproof makeup remover. (Speaking from experience. Good thing to remember when you don’t have one at home and you’ve already applied it on.) This is very pigmented and a slightly deeper shade of red. The gloss gives gloss and moisture – but if you don’t like a gloss, you can skip that and you’ll have a matte finish.

Shop *Rimmel Provocalips Kiss Proof Lipstick, Play With Fire  $6,47


+ the perfect red lip liner!

perfect red lip liner ysl lip styler rouge

YSL The Lip Styler, Le Rouge

Just the perfect red lip liner to go with any of these lipsticks. You can also just wear it by itself!

Shop *YSL Lip Styler, Le Rouge ~ $28


If you need some tips on how to apply red lipstick, check out my post on how to achieve the perfect red lip.

Have you tried any of these? Is there something missing from this list? Share with me your favorite red lipstick!



How I decorate and organize my makeup vanity

my vanity makeup table

glass gold makeup organizer


I warmly welcome you to my beauty station. It’s placed in our bedroom right in front of a window, so that it bathes in natural light. My setting is quite minimalistic and pretty. Instead of acrylic organizers, I’ve opted for glass and gold, so that that the products on display also act as room decorations.

My vanity

My vanity has a special place in my heart and a very important role in my every day life. It’s where I get ready for the day, enjoy my coffee, explore new makeup, go for the same products over and over again and more often or not stare outside the window at the beautiful ocean and blue skies. (Since we moved to a new apartment I actually have a proper view and I couldn’t be more excited.)

I have recently made some changes to my makeup spot and updated the decorations. I’m so excited to finally show it to you and share my decoration and storage ideas!

My makeup station

Here is my makeup station. Currently it consists of a big white table with three drawers and an IKEA dresser. At some point I would love to replace the dresser with something else, but for now, it does the job.

I have a lighted makeup mirror and a smaller mirror. I need both, because I can see the full picture in the big mirror and do my actual makeup using the smaller one, since I can really get in close. The big mirror is also crucial for its lights.

You can find beautiful *lighted vanity mirrors and *round makeup mirrors on amazon.

Makeup vanity decoration & storage ideas


Recently I got fed up with plastic organizers, because they can look a bit dull and cheap. I decided to buy glass makeup organizers with gold details instead. They look so much more sophisticated than plastic. Those are basically built for live and they don’t wear off like plastic does.

Glass & gold organizers as decorations

A *glass tray and a *glass makeup organizer don’t just store my makeup, but they also act as decorations. They could also be used in bathroom for other beauty products. The glass tray could be used for candles as well.

These and other *glass makeup organizers on amazon.

I store my makeup brushes in glass cups. I almost bought new ones, but then I decided I can very well manage with the ones I already have. They are pretty plain. The other one has some white watercolor strokes on it, but the other one is clear. You’ll find pretty *glass cup organizers on amazon.

The final decoration piece that I have is the *gold pineapple tray. That I got as a gift, but it suits my battle station perfectly. I keep some of my every day essentials on it such as a lip balm, lash glue and some bobby pins.

Makeup organizers

Nowadays I try to keep as little stuff on the desk as possible. That’s why I downsized to those glass organizers as well – only a few selected items can fit them. The rest I keep hidden in my drawers, but I can always switch up the products on display.

As for the storage in my drawers – that’s where those acrylic organizers come in handy. Besides *acrylic makeup organizers, I also use old boxes or the covers of old boxes to keep everything tidy.

My makeup drawers are not the most photogenic, but here is a little peek of my collection anyway.

Besides the desk I have the rest of my makeup and hair tools in the tall drawer.

Using a cover of an old box to hold my scrunchies.

Can you tell I love eyeshadow palettes?

That’s it! If you want to see how my vanity looked three years ago, click here.


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