A Red Lipstick For Every Occassion.

Finding the perfect lipstick for a specific event is difficult. If you're not a makeup enthusiast you probably don't know what brands are good for what, what formulas you're looking for etc. The red lipstick is an amazing way to change an outfit, with very little effort needed, but knowing which red lipstick isn't always so straight forwards. So, I thought I'd share with you my favourite red lippy for different occasions..


Probably my favourite red lipstick is Mac See Sheer. It is the perfect subtle daytime red, but just enough to change a look completely. It's also really comfortable on the lips, and fades off nicely, rather than leaving a horrid red line round your lips.
Trying to pull off the daytime red lip isn't as easy as some people make it look. Sometimes you just want to channel your inner Taylor Swift, but wearing a bold red lip can be intimidating. For days like this the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in romantic is perfect. It's much more red than See Sheer, but not too in your face. It's also really comfortable and wears nicely - definitely my preferred way of wearing a red lip.

If I'm going to wear a red lipstick, it'll usually be for an evening event. I've always found it hard to find the perfect red which isn't too casual, but also suits me, and goes with what I'm wearing. Max Factor's Scarlet Ghost lipstick and the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red are my go to evening red lipsticks. They're a very similar colour, which goes with pretty much every outfit, however the Max Factor lipstick has a more sheeny finish, opposed to the NARS lip pencil which is matte. Both are great for an evening do, and don't need to be touched up that often.

The most frustrating thing when it comes to red lipstick is when it starts to come off and smudge, and in the end just becomes more hassle than it's worth. That's why when you find a red lipstick which doesn't budge you cling on to it for dear life. My two trusty non budge red lipsticks are the Clinique Lip Colour and Primer in Cherry Pop, and the holy grail Rimmel Kate Moss 107. The Clinique lipstick is so comfortable for a proper true red lipstick. It's a lovely creamy formula which feels like it's going to slide all over the place when you first apply it, but after it dries, trust me it's not going anywhere. It you're a beauty fiend then the Rimmel 107 needs no explanation. If you're not familiar with it, buy it. It's a really flattering deep red which is super buildable and suits every skin type.

Not everybody is a red lipstick person, but still wants to feel a bit more done up with their makeup every now and then. Using a tinted lip balm is a really easy way of achieving this. This is also the perfect way of tying a red lip if you're young or new to makeup. My two favourites are The body Shop Born Lippy Balm in Strawberry, and the Benefit BeneBalm. They're very similar except the Benefit balm is slightly more pigmented. Either way they are a really subtle way of changing up a makeup look, and they're super moisturising too, which is always a bonus.

When going for a red lip, the glossy option is one I tend to avoid. Simply because I don't have the guts to pull it off, and it has the potential to get quite messy. However, when done right, it is a super sexy, glamorous look. After the few times I've tried it, i've very quickly found my favourites. The first is the L'oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire in Rouge Soprano, which is an amazing, thick, deep red gloss. In fact, because of the thick formula, it's almost a liquid lipstick. My other gloss of choice is actually not even a gloss. The Clarins Dynamic Red Lip balm, is actually a really nourishing lip balm, but is so pigmented, and thick, that is's basically a lip gloss. I really like this, because it's really shiny and glossy, but doesn't budge for ages, which is nearly impossible for a lipgloss.


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