Best Universally Flattering 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.
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.
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.
Red sunrise in a tube
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).