5 Classic Red Lipstick Picks

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With just a swipe of red lipstick, I instantly feel a little more glamorous. It’s amazing how a pop of bright lip color can give your confidence a boost!

When I first started to experiment with different lipstick colors, I always shied away from red hues. After many years of continuously grabbing my beautiful, but oh-so-safe berry and pink tones, I decided to switch up my beauty routine and add a classic red lip color to my make-up bag. I started with what I would describe as a quintessential red, and then slowly began to branch out to other variations in the same color family. The more I wore my red lipstick, the more comfortable I felt sporting it for both work and play, and now, I find myself gravitating towards my favorite reds on even my most casual of days.

Whether you already adore red lipstick or are contemplating taking the plunge and adding one to your beauty arsenal, I’ve rounded up my favorite crimson lip hues.

What are some of your favorite red lipsticks? I’m always on the hunt for a new must-have!

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The A-Lyst for Best Red Lipsticks

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Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Foreplay

Foreplay is the newest addition to my red lipstick rotation, and lately, I have been wearing it nonstop. There’s something about this shade of red that’s less intimidating than some of my other go-to’s, as it brings in hints of orange-coral to create the perfect hue. Paired with the right blush, this lipstick will warm up your whole face, which in my opinion, is a total win-win for a dreary winter day.

NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red

This was one of my first red lipstick purchases and it has been a mainstay in my collection. I bought it to go with a specific outfit and then ended up wearing it over and over again. A classic, semi-matte red that is as bold as it is beautiful, Jungle Red reminds me of old Hollywood glamour, and I love it!

Dermelect 4-in-1 Smooth Lip Solution in Audacious 

Described as a warm, brick red, I absolutely love the color of Audacious as well as its super luxurious formula. Touted as a four in one lip balm, lip stain, lipstick, and lip gloss, I’m a big fan of this lipstick’s long-lasting color and high shine finish. On top of that, this is one of the only lipsticks I wear that doesn’t dry out my lips with continued use!

M.A.C Lipstick in Lady Danger

I’ve always been a fan of M.A.C lipsticks and Lady Danger is no different. This is a beautiful, fresh red that’s one of my top picks, especially during the summer. With its long-lasting, beautiful color, this hue works beautifully with so many different skin tones, and really complements both fair and darker complexions.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick in Rouge Rebelle

This is a striking “true” shade of red that imparts extraordinary moisture to lips with its ingredient of black rose oil. I love how this formula allows you to build color and make the hue as understated or as bold as you want. Not to mention, if you’re a sucker for great packaging, you’ll go crazy over the sleek case that holds this beautiful lipstick. The price point is a little steep, but trust me, it’s a must-have.

Outfit Details:

Blazer: Club Monaco Bedford Blazer in Black

Sweater: C by Bloomingdale’s Black Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

Scarf: Saks Fifth Avenue’s “The Fur Salon” – Fox Fur Stole in Black

Pants: Lou & Grey Ponte Leggings in Black

Handbag: CHANEL Large Classic Flap Bag in Red Lambskin with Silver Hardware

Sunglasses: Chloé Boxwood Retro 55M Inlayed Sunglasses in Black

Lip Color: Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Foreplay

Nail Color: OPI Got the Means Red

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  • Rosemary Pronovost
    January 14, 2017

    Hi Alyssa,
    It’s only Rosemary Pronovost. I love your blog! I too also love a classic red lip. In high school, I was never was a huge lipstick wearer, and I always wore light colored lip gloss. Now, I am in love with red, and I love to change up my lip color. Somedays I wear fuchsia, while the other days, I wear a red that looks great with my fair skin tone. I love the Cover Girl lipsticks. They stay on longer than most lipsticks and they make my lips very soft and moist. Looking forward to more of your posts!

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    • Alyssa Stevens
      January 14, 2017 Rosemary Pronovost

      I will have to check out Cover Girl lipsticks! Thanks for the recommendation! Yes, as someone that also has fair-skin, it can be hard to find that perfect red, but when we do, it’s so gorgeous on.

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