Recently I’ve been seriously loving a good red lip. I was inspired by Emma Watson (surprise surprise) as she said that whenever she’s got a big event she wears a red lip. I’ve always been torn about this because on one hand, a red lip makes me feel bad ass and bold and – as corny as it is – beautiful. I feel like you can’t go wrong with it, but then red lips are SO!! HARD!! to do right! Because as soon as your colour starts fading in the middle, and it starts looking like you’ve just got a weird red lip liner thing going on (you know what I’m talking about) or it smudges off your lips, it feels impossible to fix and you go from feeling 100% to 0%. The struggle.
SO! I decided to share with you my favourite red lip products, that have the best colour pay off, and either last the longest or don’t look horrible and flaky when they start to fade.
1. Dior’s Red Lipstick. OK. This is a multiple lipstick option but basically Dior makes the best lipstick when it comes to colour and wear and tear. My favourite is from their 2015 Christmas collection (is it gross that I still use this?) – it’s the perfect blend of orange and red tones, and it looks amazing on. It’s always my go-to if I want to do a sort of ~casual~ red lip. It has a velvet finish and it’s super easy to build up the colour saturation which is great because most days I just want something a little subtle. Unfortunately, because it was only their Christmas collection, it’s not up for sale anymore (but keep your eyes peeled next Christmas! It’s seriously the best!) That being said, Dior’s classic collection also has a red lip – it’s a Rouge Dior Lipstick in their Matte collection, #999. This one is matte, so it dries up a bit faster but it’s super easy to reapply – goes on smooth and evenly, and it’s easy to apply over top a lip balm for a more hydrated finish. It my absolute favourite proper, fancy red lip colour.
2. Mary Jo K. I immediately hopped right on board that Kylie Cosmetics train. As soon as something is selling out, I have to have it. I wrote an in depth review of Posie K and Mary Jo K as soon as I got my hands on them. Mary Jo K has quickly become my favourite red lip for a long day. It’s super matte and lasts forever – feels super dry when it’s on, but doesn’t dry out your lips. I wear it when I’m flying because I love being ~that girl~ who’s wearing a red lip while travelling. I also wear it for big event days because I don’t want to have to deal with the stress of touching up my lips. The colour pigmentation is out of control, and it really does last forever (unless you’re eating greasy foods). The biggest drawback for this one is that it’s hard to touch up, you really should just take it all off and start again if you need to reapply. But, because it lasts forever this rarely happens. The lip liner it comes with is also a dream, and if you keep it on hand it’s easy to touch up using that rather than the lipstick.
3. NARS Lip Pencil in Cruella. This one has kind of flown under my radar for awhile. It was the mini red lip pencil you may have received as your Sephora birthday gift in 2015. (Is it also gross that I still use this?) I’m completely in love with the pink shade that came with it too, so far NARS lip pencils are a big win with me. The colour is the perfect shade in between a crimson and a berry red, it’s a matte finish and actually lasts an impressively long time, and it’s easy to touch up throughout the day. In fact, if I’m using one of the two other red lips I mentioned I usually bring this one as a back up in case I need to touch up and the other ones just aren’t happening. It’s the least high maintenance of the three, but I don’t wear it as often because I much prefer a lipstick to a lip pencil. Not 100% sure why? Probably the glamour factor.