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Best Universally Flattering Red Lipsticks For The Holidays

best red lipsticks for the holidays

Because red is always a good idea


December is here and what is a better time to show off your best red pout? Being your trusted makeup aficionado (or simply put, a red lipstick hoarder), I have selected my top five picks so perfect for any holiday party. Oh, let me add - these are all universally flattering shades too. Curious to know more? Then please keep on scrolling.

mac cosmetics mangrove lipstick review


Hot, bright red of your dreams

Reds are typically split into three main categories: warm-, neutral- and cool-toned. My favorite reds tend to have a multi-tonal aspect to them; something I find to be that extra bit flattering on all skin tones.

While everyone and their mother raves about Ruby Woo (don’t get me wrong – I love it too), I chose MAC Cosmetics Mangrove (18.50 USD; Made in Canada) as my number one red from the brand. It is a relatively new-ish color in their permanent range, described as “matte warm red”.

I find that Mangrove has that unique coral-meets red-meets bloody orange vibe to it. It instantly brightens any complexion, applies with ease and leans towards a creamy-matte, non-drying finish. I like that it has a touch of yellow in it, making it a happy red, which is particularly perfect for people with medium/olive skin tones. If you like the idea of bold lips, but want to test the red waters first, this could be a great gateway drug.

Lip Liner Match: MAC Cosmetics Redd

laura mercier rouge essentiel lipstick review

Rouge Electrique

Electric red, anyone?

If you can’t stand matte lipsticks and would rather wear something just as pigmented, opaque, long-lasting BUT creamier instead – you have to get your hands on Laura Mercier Rouge Electrique (32 USD; Made in USA).

While the brand offers a ton of other reds as part of their Rouge Essentiel Collection (review and arm/lip swatches here), this juicy shade is my personal go-to. It is quite similar to the first lipstick, with Rouge Electrique being a deeper, true bright red version of the same tone. One of those colors that adds a red-carpet quality to even the simplest “liner, lashes and lipstick” look.

Being a creamy lipstick, this red will appear glossy on the lips (you can make it more satin by gently patting it down with a tissue). Formula is certainly quite rich and hydrating, where you might need a lip liner to secure it from moving or bleeding.

Lip Liner Match: MAC Cosmetics Redd

lisa eldridge velvet morning lipstick review

Velvet Morning

Red sunrise in a tube

Naturally, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include my most-used Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lipstick in the shade Velvet Morning (34 USD; Made in Italy).

This is the most explosive, fiery orange-red that I currently own. I am in love with its gorgeous semi-matte, velvet finish that literally turns your lips into smooth rose petals. What is even better - although it is 100% opaque and true to its vibrant color, you won’t ever feel this lipstick on your lips (like, at all). It is that airy and weightless.

More often than not, I use a clean lip brush to evenly coat and outline my lips, which helps me achieve that soft-focused, modern and editorial look. However, a good lip liner can take this baby to a whole new, Audrey Hepburn’s “Funny Face” level (review and swatches of all Lisa's reds here).