Monday, 22 September 2014

The red lipstick edit

I went through a phase of wearing red lipstick almost every day for about 18 months. Whilst I don't don a red lip half as much these days, I still have some fail-safe favourites I alway go back to.

The bluey-red matte lip // Illamasqua Lipstick in 'Box'

This is my classic red lip and it is perfect for my skin tone. It is incredibly pigmented and will stain your hands and clothes if you get it on it, so do watch out! Although it is a matte finish, I find that it is creamy and not drying.

The orangey-red lip crayon // Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Red Square'

This orange-toned red comes in a handy crayon, so no need to faff around with lip brushes here. It also stays really well, even after eating and drinking. My only qualm here is that to sharpen it, you need to buy the NARS brand sharpener because it's too fat for other sharpeners. But it's a price I'm willing to pay.

The glossy lip // Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 'In Love With Ginger'

I don't always reach for a shiny red lipstick, but when I do, it's this Rimmel offering I go for. I like to think of it as the glossy cousin of the NARS lip crayon, and sometimes I wear them both together.

What are your fave red lipsticks?
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