Whether crimson, poppy, orange or blue-toned, the classic red lipstick is an essential element of every make-up lovers’ collection. It can make you feel glamorous on even the worst of hair days, give you confidence when you’re feeling anything but, and make you completely and utterly irresistible to the opposite sex – it’s way more than JUST lip colour!
Our hunt for the perfect shade, formula and finish is never-ending, and with that in mind we’ve put together a veritable feast of products to help you achieve the red-lipped look you’ve always dreamed of…
PREP – For the bet possible pout, it’s really important to keep your lips in great condition. After all, you keep the skin on your face and body well moisturised and exfoliated, so why not your lips? Scrub, moisturise and prime!
Sweet and salty goodness for your lips! Sugar, sea salt and polenta combine with coconut and jojoba oils to buff and prime your lips. An essential step to keep your pout in tip-top condition.
Soap & Glory Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm – £5.00 (BUY HERE)
For gorgeous lips that wear lip colour well, it’s so important for them to be smooth and soft. This delicious little pot of lip balm from Soap & Glory will nourish, soothe and soften lips to make them beautifully kissable.
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Lip-Fix Cream – £17.00 (BUY HERE)
Just the thing to minimise lipstick bleeding & feathering. Apply this as a base for your chosen lipstick to give a smooth, even finish, extend its wear and condition lips.
PENCIL – Lip Liner is super important for lipstick longevity and clean lines. It’s vitally important that your chosen liner matches your lipstick colour though – please don’t go down that two-tone road ladies!
With plumping venom technology (no need for Kylie Jenner-esque fillers), this bold red lipstick and liner in one gives a lovely velvety finish. Its formula contains cinnamon, wintergreen and ginger essential oils that cause blood to rush to the surface of the lips, flushing and swelling them slightly for a luscious pout.
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Chase – £16.50 (BUY HERE)
An unusual ‘gloss’ pencil. This sheer colour stick gives lips subtle colour with a gorgeous shine – the perfect option if you’re slightly scared of a full-on red lip.
Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red – £19.50 (BUY HERE)
A chunky pencil offering liner and lipstick in one with a beautiful creamy matte finish. This 2-in-1 is the ideal solution to make-up bag bulging and perfect for speedy application.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lipliner in Red Dynamite – £2.99 (BUY HERE)
Affordable, highly rated and widely available, this wonderful little lip pencil is a must-buy for defining your red lipped look.
LIPSTICK – Brush on with a brush, pat on with your fingers for a softer look or apply straight from the stick to make your lips pop.
For professional-looking lipstick application it’s worth investing in a good brush. We love this MAC one – not only is it constructed from high quality materials, it comes with a cover which makes it handbag safe for application on the go.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Hot Pepper – £8.99 (BUY HERE)
Bold, matte, long-lasting and non-drying colour with 24hr hold – for the price, we think this range of lipsticks is fabulous.
Tori Olivierre Beauty Lipstick in George – £24.00 (BUY HERE)
We absolutely adore this super hydrating and highly pigmented orangey-red from the master behind the J. Crew glow. The perfect colour pop for all skin tones!
Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Gabrielle – £26.00 (BUY HERE)
We couldn’t have a lipstick feature without a classic Chanel red, could we? You know the drill, it looks great, feels great and every girl should have one.
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio – £20.00 (BUY HERE)
Packaged in a slimline casing, the NARS Pure Matte formula strikes a lovely balance between strong colour, an ultra-matte finish AND hydration.
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon – £23.00 (BUY HERE)
If it’s good enough for Pixiwoo then it’s most definitely good enough for us! This gorgeous blue-red liquid lipstick gives incredible high colour coverage with a luxurious, velvet matte finish.
Topshop 5 Years of Beauty Lips in Rio Rio – £8.00 (BUY HERE)
To celebrate the 5th birthday of its beauty line, Topshop have released a beautifully packaged commemorative range of hero products. Our pick is the signature matte lipstick in Rio Rio – glide it on and your lips are ready to partaaay!
SHINE – Pigmented lip gloss can be worn alone or layered on top of your chosen red lipstick for a high impact blast of colour.
Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Let’s Travel The World – £6.99 (BUY HERE)
If you’re an avid reader of our reviews, you’ll know that we were pretty impressed by the Tanya Burr gloss range. The pigment is great, they smell fabulous and give a beautiful finish to lips. This drugstore lip gloss is an affordable way to add some shine to your red-lipped look.
What are your red lip recommendations? We’re always keen to hear which products you love, so drop us a comment below and let us know!