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!



Madara’s organic makeup – natural beauty products you need to try!


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I have found the best organic natural foundation. And a whole lot of other awesome natural products.

I shouldn’t be surprised it’s from one of my favorite organic brands. Madara recently came out with a makeup line that I just had to try out. These products perform just as well as some synthetic ones. They have lots of pigment, they are effortless and easy to use and the packaging is done right.

Madara’s makeup products don’t scream organic, but they still have the best benefits of natural products. They hydrate and treat your skin, while making you look fabulous.

Madara organic makeup review

The makeup line currently consists of foundations, concealers, highlighters, brow pomades, eye & cheek multishadows and lip glosses. I have everything except the highlighter, so I will give you my honest thoughts on almost all the products.

I also filmed a video, where I do my makeup using the products and review them. I ended up repeating myself quite a bit (It turns out I love everything), but I’m sure once I make more of these videos I will grow my vocabulary and also be less nervous in front of the camera.

I really loved all the products and will keep using all of them. Still my favorite products must be the brow pomade, because it’s the perfect blonde shade for me and the lip gloss, which smells heavenly.

madara soft glow foundation golden sand 50

The best natural foundation – Madara Skin Egual Soft Glow foundation

Madara’s Skin Equal Soft Glow foundation is the best liquid natural foundation I’ve tried. And I mean it. I have tried some pretty horrible organic foundations and it’s remarkable how much this one differs from them. It just feels like a regular foundation. The consistency is great, it blends easily to the skin, gives an amazing glow and stays well on my skin.

I’d say the coverage is medium. It evens out the skin tone, covers redness and small spots. In my case, I need a concealer for my acne scars and some inflamed spots. But that is good, because I don’t like a full-coverage foundation anymore. I like a natural finish and I use more coverage only on the problem areas.

Since it’s Soft Glow foundation and my skin is combination, it is pretty glowy at the end of the day. If I powder it well though, it lasts nicely and is less glowy. I’m pretty confident this foundation can work for different skin types. If you’ve been looking for an organic option, you might want to check this out!

I use the shade 50 Golden Beige, which is a medium light color with a yellow undertone. It’s actually my summer shade, but I prefer a slightly darker foundation anyway. If you want to see before and after, check out the video where I apply the product.

The foundation also has SPFT 15, which is great. Contains Aloe Vera, natural oils, hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E and antioxidants.

Madara Skin Equal Soft Glow foundation

madara organic makeup soft glow foundation concealer review

Cruelty-free & vegan dupe for NARS RCC – Madara The Concealer

Madara’s concealer has a creamy yet thin consistency and it blends very easily to the skin. It’s great for bringing light back to the skin. I like to use a light shade under my eyes after first neutralizing my dark circles with something more peachy and yellow.

The shade Vanilla reminds me of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Vanilla. I think this could be a great cruelty free, vegan and organic dupe for that. It’s not as thick and as pigmented as the NARS one is, but for dry-skinned beauties it’s a good thing. Madara’s concealer doesn’t get into the fine lines under the eyes and it feels hydrating.

Contains Aloe Vera juice, shea butter and hyaluronic acid.

Madara Luminous Perfecting Concealer

madara makeup review

Madara Guilty Shades Eye & Cheek Multishadow

I love that this product is multi-use. You can use it on your lids, cheeks and lips. I love to use it on my cheeks as a blush.

It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way. It’s also one of the most long-lasting cream blushes I’ve tried. The shade 64 Heat is beautiful with a peachy glow and sheen to it. It actually also acts as a bronzer, when I blend it all out. I’m slightly obsessed with this shade. It makes it look like my skin is on a summer holiday.

The only downside to this product is that it doesn’t last on my lids, unless I set it with a powder or eyeshadow. That’s the thing with all cream eyeshadows though, so it’s not just this.

Contains Aloe Vera juice, natural oils, vitamins C and E as well as antioxidants.

Madara Guilty shades Eye & Cheek Multishadow


madara multi shadow heat swatch on face

Madara’s Brow Pomade in Smoky Blonde is the perfect color for light brows

It’s pretty rare to find brow products light enough for blonde eyebrows. Not all of us want to make our brows very dark. The shade 10 Smoky Blonde is the perfect shade for light eyebrows. I can make my brows defined and nice with this, yet the color is light enough so it blends perfectly to my brow hairs. My brows look natural, but done, if that makes sense.

The brow pomade also has good pigment and it lasts nicely on the brows. I use Zoeva’s winged liner brush with it, which is the perfect brush for brows. It’s super thin so I can draw on brow hairs.

Contains oils from argan, rice bran and cumin.

Madara Brow Pomade
*Zoeva rose gold brush set

madara glossy venom lip gloss nude coral 74

Madara Hydrating Lip Gloss

I love lip glosses and especially natural ones. After all, some of the makeup is gonna end up in my mouth.

Madara’s lip gloss was a winner for me since the first try. It has a delicious vanilla scent to it and the consistency is great. It’s in-between a sticky and a watery gloss. It’s quite lightweight and watery, but it has some stickiness to it so it lasts better on the lips.

I have the shade 74 Nude Coral, which is a peachy color. There’s not much pigment though, so keep in mind these lip glosses are more for a gloss and a tiny amount of color. (Though I have only tried this shade, so I don’t know if the other colors are more pigmented.)

Contains blueberry seed and rice bran oils,  vegan plant waxes and vitamin E.

Madara Lip Gloss

madara multi shadow heat on face

Overall I’m very pleased with the products. I love Madara’s sunscreens and the City CC Cream is my go-to “foundation”. It’s very light-coverage though, so it’s nice to now have the foundation to use for when I want more coverage.

Have you tried Madara’s makeup or would you like to?






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