Spotlight: Red Lipstick

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Hello, loves! This post was originally meant to be called Holiday Red Lipsticks but I wasn't able to get it published on time. The holiday season has now passed but that doesn't mean you can't rock red lips anymore. I'm a year-round red lips kind of girl so here are my picks for a matte, glossy, neutral, pink-based, blue-based, orange-based, and deep red lip. Click on for lip, face, and arm swatches (swatch galore once more!)



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01. The Blue Toned Red, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($25): To me, blue hues are much more universally flattering than neutral reds. They complement pink skin tones beautifully and the contrast against yellow skin tones is gorgeous. Plus, blue reds make teeth look so white! 

02. The Pink Toned Red, Revlon SuperLustrous in Cherries in The Snow ($7.99): Pink tones are ones I prefer on cooler skin tones but, still, I'm an advocate of wearing whatever you like. They're also a good way for "newbies" to start wearing red lipsticks because they're kind-of-sort-of almost pink.

03. The Neutral Red, MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red ($15): A neutral red is one that is neither predominantly cool nor yellow toned. It's like the safe choice amongst reds. For this category I picked the classic Russian Red from MAC which also happens to be matte (my favorite finish).

04. The Orange Toned Red, Wet'n'Wild Mega Last in Purty Persimmon ($1.99): Some call it a tomato red and it's more commonly used by people with yellow undertones. Again, makeup has few rules and you may find that you have a cool complexion and love orange reds on yourself. And yes, you read correctly. This is just $2!

05. The Deep Red, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate ($26): Darker reds are very popular around the holidays. They also suit deeper skin tones beautifully. My choice, Mascate, is not an all-out vampy shade but just slightly darker than your average red lipstick. 

06. The Matte Red, Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso ($22): It was a no-brainer for this category. The Stila All Day's are by far one of the best matte liquid lipstick formulas on the market. Beso is completely matte (it doesn't transfer) and lasts so long! I'm just blown away at how long this color lasts on my lips even through meals. 

07. The Glossy Red, Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang ($4.99): Also known as Show Off Lip Lacquers in the U.S., the Apocalips are, in a nutshell, very opaque lip glosses. Now, I'm not a fan of pigmented colors in a glossy finish but I know many people are. They do look striking on the lips and give off a Hollywood feel. I'm just put off by the messy and transferable nature of the formula. 

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guide to red lipsticks matte blue neutral glossy deep orange

I hope you found this useful. Let me know if you own any of these shades. Also, what's your favorite type of red: blue, pink, neutral, orange, deep, matte or/and glossy?
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61 comments

  1. Your lispticks look very gorgeous ! I love blue tone and neutrals the most. But in general, if I love the shade I just take it no matter the tone !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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    1. I love blue tones and mattes the most, but agree with you. I appreciate all reds. x

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  2. I love this post! Red lipsticks should definitely be worn all year round not just Christmas in my opinion! I've never even heard of Stila Beso before but now I really want it. That revlon one looks lovely on you too - I definitely agree that some make up 'rules' can be ignored and it still looks good

    Katydesu.blogspot.co.uk

    Katy xx

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  3. I love them all but I think the deep red looks so gorgeous on you!

    Carly | CBH

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    1. Thank you! That seems to be a lot of people's favorite :)

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  4. There all lovely for me I really like deep tone reds :)

    Kayla
    sheerbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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  5. Love this post - those lipsticks are gorgeous. I'm lusting over Nars Mascate now :')

    Malvika
    http://dreaminginluxe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. I should really wear Cherries in the Snow more often, it's such a pretty shade!

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    1. You should! I don't wear it often enough either x

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  7. This is a perfect post! So well executed! Mascate is stunning!
    CatrinTeleri

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  8. Love all the lipsticks. I like the Matte shade on you the best - old hollywood glam much?

    www.skinandroses.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. the deep red suits you so well! x

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  10. Your picks are gorgeous, it's amazing how pink dragon girl looks next to the others. I just bought red square as my first foray into orange reds!

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  11. The Nars looks gorgeous on you but I think I may have to look into the Stila Beso it's a stunning red

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  12. thank you for this post :-D
    I love red lipsticks, my fave is matte one and my least fave is glossy red.. I like deep red and orange red as well :-)
    I think you look the prettiest with matte red lippie ^^

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    1. Thank you! We have the same tastes then :)

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  13. What a gorgeous post :) red lipstick heaven! My personal favourites are NARS Dragon Girl, MAC Russian Red and NARS Mascate.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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  14. Fun post! I did one like this a while back and it was fun breaking things down and really examining my collection, while helping others pick the perfect red! NARS Mascate looks like a must-have for sure :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  15. NARS Dragon Girl is my most favourite red ever! Glad to see you love it too! x

    morerebe.com

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  16. The Stila and NARS lipsticks are freakin' gorgeous! x

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  17. These look lovely on you!
    I love my MAC ruby woo, its my recent purchase and now my favourite lipstick~

    Thanks for sharing and i hope you have a lovely day! <3

    Ying ♥ || *- YingcBeauty-*
    X x X x X

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    1. I have MAC Ruby Woo but I haven't worn it out yet x

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  18. How goooorgeous is Stila Beso? I'm not a huge red lip fan but that one is just WOW!

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  19. The Stila Beso is amaziinggggg!! My favorite of the bunch.

    Christal
    LipstickAndPonytails

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  20. I don't own any but I'm adding Dragon Girl and Beso to my wishlist! I love red lipstick in general but blue toned ones are my favourites without a doubt.

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  21. Stila Beso looks OMG ! Loved loved it, Need it in my life :) :)
    x

    http://holaflo.blogspot.se/

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  22. I'm a red lip addict so I really enjoyed this post. The NARS lipstick looks gorgeous!

    Laura
    www.lauraneuzeth.com

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  23. Wow, that Rimmel Big Bang lipstick is AMAZING. Totally gonna go and buy it now.

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  24. Thanks for this post. It's helpful, especially to those of us who don't know much about lip stick. I did know that red lipstick has various tones, but it's nice to demonstrations - and your pictures turned out so clearly. Thanks again. Have a nice day.

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  25. I have never worn a full-on red lipstick before because it's just too bold for comfort right now. I will definitely keep all these picks in mind though for the future.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  26. Great guide! I've been making the effort the last few months to wear some bold berry shade lips! But no reds yet...I really need to pull out some of my reds and maybe try to get a red lipgloss to get my started! Thanks for the comparison! ^^

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  27. u NEED to try mac chili lipstick!!! the perfect non bold red. its like perfect for fall.

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  28. thank you for this - i'm venturing into wear reds and this was so helpful! i need to check out mac's russian red and the stila all day liquid lipstick!! you look gorgeous in all of them really but i especially love you in the deep red :) xx

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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  29. You have such a wonderful mix of reds! This was such a great post. I've been more into the different shades of red and I loved seeing all these examples. I own MAC Russian Red and had considered it to be more blue toned but I can see how compared to some others it is a bit more neutral! Thank you for such a wonderful post!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  30. for some reason me and red lipstick do not get a long

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  31. Great post! :) I always have trouble differentiating between a blue-toned and pink-toned red, though.

    Carina x

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  32. Dragon Girl has to be mine one of these days. I love how it looks on you!

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  33. They all look lovely and I have been loving red lips but I usually on do it for the holidays but maybe I can slowly get into it.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  34. A few days ago, I was reading llymlrs' blog and she had mentioned how the undertones of red can affect the fact that it suits you or not! This is such a helpful post Coco! Thanks for sharing and blue toned red suits you the most along with matte! :) xx

    Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  35. Such a helpful post! Thanks! Xx

    http://sweatyourselfbeautiful.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. I love a red lip at any time of the year so I enjoyed this post. A couple in here that I haven't tried yet as well.

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  37. Definitely matte!! I love the look of that Stila one!

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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  38. Love the glossy and deep red! Really good post, I never know what to look for in a red lipstick! Think I might have a look at the glossy option :)

    Katie xx | Katies World

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  39. I love that you included photos! I think my favorite is the Nars Dragon Girl :)

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  40. So helpful! I'm still in search for a good red for myself...

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  41. I love the Revlon one! Great colour! My favorite red so far is Chanel Pirate :)

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  42. I love red lipstick on other people, I'm just not brave enough to try it!

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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  43. I don't know how I missed this post, but I loooove it! You really look good in every shade! Red lipstick is my favorite to wear, but above all I really love the blue toned ones! :)

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  44. such a great post! i wear all different shades of red but i think my favourites have to be blue based, orange reds and deep reds. i can't pick between them! and you look great in every shade.

    little henry lee

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  45. The Stila shade is absolutely stunning! As is the Nars Lip Pencil, I have the shade Cruella but I definitely think I need to ad a few more to my collection :)
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  46. I really like how Mascate looks on you. I myself also like MAC Viva Glam I — very deep yet somehow not too bright on me (i'm blonde and most of red lipsticks look too bright, which i don't quite like)

    beautypie.me

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