It goes without saying that red lipsticks are the LBD of any makeup wardrobe. It's versatile, bold, and undeniably powerful. A swipe of this luscious color can take any look up a notch, not to mention, it can also make anyone feel confident, glamorous, or sultry in a way no other shades can’t. Anyone can pull off a classic rouge lip, whether you have a fair or tanned complexion, know there is a complimenting red hue for you.
In the search for the perfect red for the morena skin tone, we called on five celebrity make-up artists to reveal their most-loved shades. You'll find everything from bright tones to deep hues, creamy mattes to subtle tints. Keep scrolling to find their best picks, and who knows, these tubes might be your new holy grail.
Best Red Lipsticks for Morena and Tan Skin
1. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
You can credit MJ Bornales for some of the stunning glam looks you get to see on musician and morena beauty Jona. Her pro-tip to finding the perfect red? Check your undertones. And when it comes to her picks, one of her go-to lip products is MAC's Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo! "This is the OG! It's loved by women of color. It's a staple in my kit and you can never go wrong with this lipstick. It is one of my first red lippies that I never regret buying. It has a deep and cool undertone which compliments not only morenas but all skin tones," she tells us.
Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, P1100, MAC COSMETICS, Rustan's
2. Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Matte in RD 163
For a tube that compliments both undertones, MJ's weapon of choice is the Rouge Unlimited Matte in RD 163 from Shu Uemura. "For me, this shade is versatile, strong, rich and timeless," says the makeup artist.
Rouge Unlimited Matte in RD 163, P1800, SHU UEMURA, Sephora.ph
3. Pat McGrath Labs Mattetrance Lipstick in Elson
Gabbi Garcia's trusted makeup artist, Jason Delos Reyes swears by Pat Mcgrath's Matte Trance Lipstick in Elson. For him, it is one of the best formulas in the market. "It also has a cool medium-dark red tone that makes your teeth look whiter and suits any skin tone, especially morenas," he adds.
Mattetrance Lipstick in Elson, P2400, PAT MCGRATH LABS, Sephora.ph
4. NARS Powermatte Lipstick in Star Woman
"Red lipstick usually bleeds at the end of the day but this formula is smudge-proof, lightweight and doesn't crack on lips," Jason explains. He also adds that this hue is best paired with a winged liner and a glowing, sun-kissed skin.
Powermatte Lipstick in Star Woman, P1500, NARS, Rustan's
5. Sunnies Face Fluffmatte in Hot Sauce
Mac Igarta is the talent behind some of the most iconic beauty looks you've seen on KZ Tandigan, Chi Gibbs, Gabs Gibbs, and Liz Uy. And there is one local brand that earned his seal of approval for red lipsticks, it's Sunnies Face's Fluffmatte in Hot Sauce—a flattering red-orange hue that works well with the tan skin. In addition, Mac also credited the formula for being matte but not drying.
Fluffmatte in Hot Sauce, P395, SUNNIES FACE, Lazada
6. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored
"Rihanna created it to be a universal red color that is perfect for [tan] skin," Mac shares. The makeup artist also considers this as the best rouge lipstick because of its formula. He continues, "It is pigmented on the first coat, and it’s not easy to take off. It is best for someone who doesn’t want to retouch their lipstick often."
Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored, P1600, FENTY BEAUTY, Sephora.ph
7. Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Dominate
Makeup artist and Laura Mercier training manager Yciar Castillo shares that she always opts for red lipsticks with warm undertones for women with golden tanned skin. "For me, that is usually the safest way to choose a lip color," she adds.
Yciar's favorite by far is Laura Mercier's Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Dominate. "I personally love this line of the Laura Mercier lip family because it delivers matte coverage but still manages to keep the lips hydrated," she reasons.
Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Dominate, P1650, LAURA MERCIER, Rustan's
8. Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel in Rouge Éclatant
For a more playful lip, Yciar reaches for the brand's Rouge Essentiel in Rouge Éclatant, a vibrant warm-toned red. "It’s a great statement lip color that shouts confidence and summer summer sunshine," the makeup artist tells us.
Rouge Essentiel in Rouge Éclatant, P1795, LAURA MERCIER, Rustan's
9. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Legendary Queen
Simply put, Jigs Mayuga is your best bet for a radiant, camera-ready finish. No wonder he's a favorite among stars such as Cheska Kramer, Bianca Gonzales, and Cristine Reyes! And if you take a peek into his kit, his lipstick collection is to die for. His pick for morenas? Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution lipstick in Legendary Queen. For Jigs, it's the best neutral wine-red hue that perfectly complements tan skin tones, and that it's his top choice for a lipstick with a matte finish. "It’s opaque enough to envelop the lips with gorgeous color, but isn’t drying," he says.
Matte Revolution in Legendary Queen, $34 (approximately P1647), CHARLOTTE TILBURY, charlottetilbury.com
10. BLK All-Day Lip and Cheek Tint in Wine
As a makeup artist, Jigs has a collection of red lip products that come in a various finishes. And if you are a morena who loves a stain or ombré finish, you'd want to try this local tint that he highly recommends. "BLK Cosmetics Wine lip and cheek tint has enough pigment to add a hint of red to your lips, with a color deep enough so you won’t look washed out," describes the pro.
All-Day Lip and Cheek Tint in Wine, P329, BLK, Lazada