With Thanksgiving this Thursday and the Christmas season gearing up, I've got one thing on my mind in terms of beauty: red lips. I've never been a red lip person before, but within the past month, I've tried to incorporate them as much as possible into my beauty rotation. I've had quite a few reds on hand for a few seasons, but I rarely reached for them except for the occasional night out.
I've been testing a fair share of reds to whittle them down to the best of the best. But before I dive into those, it's important to be prepared for red lips—and that means using lip liner. My personal favorite is Rimmel's Exaggerate Lip Liner in Red Diva. It's crazy long-lasting and somehow manages to match every single lipstick I've paired it with. If you're looking for something a bit spendier, the Make Up For Ever Colorless Anti-Feathering Lip Liner is a great alternative (that will work for any shade of lipstick).
If traditional lipstick is up your alley, I'd recommend Smashbox's Infrared Matte or L'Oreal Paris' Blake's Red (as in the one and only Blake Lively). Both are cool-toned reds that make your teeth look whiter, and the Smashbox version is a comfortable matte that doesn't suck moisture from your lips. Oh, and I can vouch that the L'Oreal lipstick lasted through a night out and about, which is seriously impressive considering its drugstore pricetag.
If you're willing to stray away from the traditional form of lipstick and venture into liquid lipsticks and crayon-esque reds, keep reading. Love of Color recently tapped Tati of GlamLifeGuru to create a makeup line, and leave it to Tati to master the perfect red lip in an easy-to-apply crayon. Wildest Dreams is matte and won't dry out your lips. My other red crayon recommendation has to be Bite's Pomegranate, which can lean toward a dark pink if you use it sans a red lip liner (but still gorgeous, none the less).
My final recommendation is Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw. If you're not a liquid lipstick user, here's my one tip before using this: keep your lips moisturized and exfoliated up to the second you apply this. It can be comfortable to wear, but it can also be very drying if you haven't done the prep work ahead of time. However, this lasted me throughout Friendsgiving this past weekend, and my only touch-ups were necessary well into the day and along my inner lips. Impressive!
Your turn! Are there any red lipsticks I should add to the list?