The formula to finding the best red lipstick includes patience, a solid preference, and, of course, confidence. Below, we give you a rundown of the basic types of red lipsticks to help you decide which one suits you perfectly. (Or better yet, why not get them all?)
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MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, P1100, Rockwell; NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red, P390, SM Megamall; Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Garconne, Rustan's
A classic red lip comes in the form of a blue-toned lipstick that is neither too bright nor too dark. It's the type of red that you'll never get tired of wearing and will always go with your cat-eye and litte black dress. Often seen on pin-up poster girls and Audrey Hepburn's old photographs, a blue-red might just be what you're looking for.
Fire Engine Reds
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NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Heatwave, P1650, Glorietta 4; Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Fireball, P1150, Beauty Bar; MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger, P1100, Rockwell
For the bold girls who like striking colors that give the face a pop of color, a red lipstick with strong orange undertone is for you. It may be the complete opposite of a dark lip given the bright shade, but it will make a statement just the same.
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E.L.F. Matte Lip Color in Rich Red, P269.75, Watsons; Revlon Matte Balm in Fiery, P575, Watsons; NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, P1450, Greenbelt 4
Red lip novices should know that the perfect red lip either takes work or no work at all, so you should tread gently. Start your red lip journey right with a pigmented red lip crayon that will help you achieve solid color and a well-sculpted kiss.
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NARS Sheer Lipstick in Manhunt, P1650,Glorietta 4; Maybelline Color Show Satin Lipstick, P165, Watsons; Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, P1100, Rustan's
Not all red lips have to be perfect and bold. You can choose to make yours look natural and barely-there with sheer formulas that achieve the same complexion-enhancing and awakening effect. With these lipsticks, you can never go overboard.