6 Red Lipsticks to Rock this Holiday Season

Guest post by my dear friend and talented make-up artist, Gina Marie Wheeler. You can read about her background in Voyage LA Magazine.

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Nothing says holiday makeup like a red lip moment. Everyone looks good with a red lip, which is why new and seasonal collections always include the timeless hue. There are a few common reasons why some people avoid the bold color and I’ve found that most of the time it’s just intimidation. I’m here to tell you, it’s all in your head. You can and should rock a red (especially during the holidays). MAC Cosmetics is my go-to brand when wanting extensive color options. The quality is superior to most and the price point is great. I’ve narrowed down the 300+ color options that MAC offers to 6 Lipsticks and 2 Lip Pencils. These colors can truly be worn by ALL.img_1561

PREP + PRIME LIPS

PRO TIP Before wearing any bold or pigmented color you need hydrated, soft lips. MAC makes this great lip primer that not only moisturizes, but eliminates feathering. Every lip product looks and wears better on top of Prep + Prime Lips.

Price: $17.50

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LIPSTICKS

LADY BUG LIPSTICK

“If you’re still feeling a little red lip shy, try Lady Bug, it’s sheer and effortless”

Yellow Tomato

Finish: Lustre/Semi Gloss

Price: $17.00
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DUBONNET LIPSTICK

“If you think of red wine as the perfect lip color, Dubonnet is your shade.”

Deepened Claret

Finish: Amplified/Cream Finish

Price $17.00

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DARE YOU LIPSTICK

“If you feel comfortable with red but still want to keep it natural, Dare You looks like a lip stain”

Deep Brown Red

Finish: Creamsheen/High Shine

Price: $17.00

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RUBY WOO LIPSTICK

“Ruby Woo is a cult classic; it’s been around for decades and is a true Pin-Up red, that makes every lip pop.”

Vivid blue red

Finish: Retro Matte/Very Matte

Price: $17.00

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STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK

“Punk rock lips have continued to stay on trend for the past few years, so if you like a dark lip or are ready to go a little vampy try Studded Kiss.”

Dark oxblood red

Finish: Matte

Price: $17.00

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CHATEAU M RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK

“Liquid lipsticks are so popular, their pigment and stay power make them low maintenance and opaque perfection.”

Deep Red Wine

Finish: Retro Matte

Price: $21.00

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LIP LINERS

PRO TIP If you worry about feathering, or fading, get one of these amazing lip pencils. They are creamy and glide on nice and smooth but set and stay for 8 hours. Line your lips and fill in with your pencil prior to lipstick for ultimate wear and color. You can also wear this Pro formula liner alone.

DIVA PRO LONGWEAR LIP PENCIL

Intense Reddish Burgundy

Price: $21.00

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HE SAID, SHE SAID PRO LONGWEAR LIP PENCIL

Brick Red

Price: $21.00

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The key to the red lip is, let her be the star. Don’t think you need to balance that lip with a Smokey Eye… Red Lip look should include:

  1. Flawless Skin
  2. Groomed & Filled in Brow
  3. Bare Eye or Winged Liner
  4. Heavy Mascara or False Lash
  5. Light blush

 

 

19 thoughts on “6 Red Lipsticks to Rock this Holiday Season

    • you totally should give it a try! I’ll admit i was timid before I tried it, but once I did I was hooked. The shade I def recommend you trying out is Lady Bug by MAC. it was the first red I rocked and it’s subtle so it’s a good way to ease yourself into the look!

    • right? it’s my favorite look. I feel like when I’m having a bad day it actually boosts my mood and there’s actual research that suggests that’s not all in my head. I can’t remember where I read it but I included a link to it in one of my old blog posts – I think it was the one about how to avoid the baby blues? Not sure. But yes, def a huge fan of the classic red lip!

  1. So, so, so pretty!!! I just recently got a red color and I have ALWAYS been a MAC Girl… However, have you ever checked out the Maybeline LIP STUDIO™ COLORBLUR® CREAM MATTE PENCIL & SMUDGER? OMG’sh it’s amazing! I get people stopping me all the time and it has great reds and pinks! You should check it out ❤

    • My friend Gina is an amazing make-up artist and is killing it in LA right now. Lost of the shades she picked were new to me as well. I’m def heading to the MAC counter ASAP to try some of these shades on!

  2. I started wearing red lipstick a few months ago and I love it! I used to be so shy to wear red lipstick, but not anymore! I love how you can keep your makeup very simple and just add red lipstick and it seems to give you a very chic look. The colors I like on your list are Chateau and Ruby Woo.

    • you totally can! I highly recommend trying the Lady Bug color on here. That was my first red I ever rocked. It’s much more subtile than most of the other ones. You should totally go to the MAC counter and try it on. You might be surprised!

    • Thank you! will check that one out! I actually haven’t yet tried liquid lipstick but after my friend wrote this post I was intrigued.

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