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the best red lipsticks


The perfect red lipstick. 

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 $37

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 to achieve the perfect red lip makeup?

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Is there anything more powerful than bold lipstick? It instantly cheers me up and makes me stand up straight. No wonder I chose red lipstick as my blog logo.

Lipstick makes me feel awesome – and I want you to feel that way as well. That is why I wanted to share my tips and tricks to applying lipstick. I used red lipstick as an example, but choose whatever color makes you feel powerful.

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First things first: Get yourself a lip balm, that doesn’t cause addiction

You can’t make any lipstick look pretty, if your lips are dry and cracked.  I have used *Hurraw! lip balms for over four years now, and I swear by them. I use the *moon balm (which is the most hydrating of them all) every night and during the days I apply *vanilla lip balm every now and then. The thing about these lip balms is that they don’t make your lips addicted to them. I can survive a night without. I don’t have the need to reapply every hour. The ingredients in Hurraw! lip balms are awesome and they simply work by keeping your lips nice and hydrated.

How to apply red lipstick

  1. Lining your lips helps to get the shape right and it also prevents the lipstick from getting off-track, in the fine lines. If you struggle with the shape or your lip lines are not that clear, I suggest lining your lips first. You should apply the liner slowly – don’t even try and get it in one swipe.
  2. Start lining your lips on your cupid’s bow. Then make your way into the sides of your upper lip. Always stop and look in the mirror to compare the lines and make your upper lip as symmetrical as possible.
  3. Once your upper lip is lined and you have the shape right, start lining your bottom lip. Start from the middle – it honestly makes it easier to get the shape symmetrical.
  4. Smile while you apply the liner/lipstick. That way you’re stretching your lips a little and it’s easy to get the product in all the gaps. It also helps to see the lipstick in action to see the symmetry better.
  5. Apply the liner right in the lip line, not inside it. The line should touch your skin and your lip at the same time. You’re basically overdrawing a little. Understanding this changed my lipstick game. It sounds such a small thing, but it makes all the difference! It’s always up to you how much you want to overdraw. That said, it’s easier to succeed when you keep it as close to your natural lip shape as possible.
  6. Finally, color your lips with the pencil for extra lasting power, or just apply the lipstick.

Here’s another pictorial on how to apply the lipstick. If the lipstick has a matte consistency that stays in place, you can get away with just the lipstick. And when you’re in a hurry, you’ll probably skik the lip liner (I know I’m guilty of that). For the best result, use a lip liner first.

How to apply lipstick & how to apply lipstick without a lip liner

  1. Start applying the lipstick on your bottom lip. You don’t have to focus on the edges at this point, just make sure to get the lipstick somewhat in place.
  2. Press your lips together. That blends the lipstick on your top lip and makes everything so much easier. Even makeup artists use this trick!
  3. Go over the edges and perfect the lip shape. This is super easy with the YSL Tatouage Couture lipsticks, because the applicator is squared.
  4. Perfect the edges with a tiny amount of concealer on a brush or a Q-tip.

How to avoid getting lipstick in your teeth?

The final step in lip makeup is always making sure you don’t have or end up having lipstick in your teeth. I usually just put my finger in my mouth, press my lips together and pull out my finger. That way the excess lipstick ends up on my finger. It sounds weird, but it works!

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lipsticks

For this post I used YSL lip products. I chose some beautiful red colors that are perfect for Fall – or for any occasion. Yves Saint Laurent makes the prettiest lipsticks. I might not have a YSL bag, but I have their lipsticks, which is almost the same. Or not, but using these makes me feel glamorous nonetheless.

*YSL Lip Liner in Le Rouge

The most beautiful lipliner I own. The shade is a classic red shade, which you can see in the first tutorial. I love that the lip pencil is retractable, so I don’t have to sharpen it.

I also got three YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stains, which I’ve been using nonstop. I usually don’t like matte lipsticks, but these are so lightweight and comfortable on the lips, I could wear them every day. They have a genius applicator, that makes applying the lipstick so easy. The applicator looks weird, but it’s easy to get in the corners of the mouth with it. I got three shades:

*YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in  Crazy Tangerine 2
This is a gorgeous orange red shade. It’s bright, but not too crazy – even if the name suggests that. A beautiful color, that I know I will get a lot of use out of.

*YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in Red Tribe 12
This shade is the perfect plain red. You can’t go wrong with a classic.

*YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in Tatouage Couture 21
I got so many questions about this one, when I was wearing this on my Insta Stories. I love the shade as well. It’s a deep slightly brown red, that is made to be worn in Fall. I’m obsessed with this one at the moment.

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