There are few things I enjoy more in this more than a good, classic red lip, and there’s no denying it’s the go-to lip look for the holiday season. I probably own more red lipsticks than any other color in my lip collection, but each is a bit different and suited for different kinds of looks.
A true, brick red: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is currently my favorite red lipstick and what I wore to my office holiday party this weekend! It’s the only high-end lipstick I’ve included and completely worth the splurge if you want to indulge in a truly gorgeous matte red lip. This is on the slightly darker side but will suit all skin tones and go with basically anything you pair it with.
A classic, blue-toned red: This is my most-loved, most-worn red lipstick of all time. CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Hot is the longest-wearing red lipstick I own – this sh*t does. not. move. It’s bold and beautiful, and at only $6 there’s no reason not to add this lipstick to your red lip collection.
A magenta red: This lipstick definitely falls between the dark pink and red color spectrum, but the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow is soooo gorgeous and a different take on the classic Christmas red lip. Plus the blue tones will make your lips look super white!
A dark, raspberry red: Another bit of a different take on the red lip, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in #107 is a darker, berry-toned red that is a great middle ground between a red lip and a more vampy option. I find this color to be more wearable on the everyday, and think it’s worth looking into for another holiday option.
A bright, orange red: Orange-toned reds aren’t what I usually think of when it comes to Christmas, but Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaLast Purty Persimmon is a pretty and opaque lipstick for those who want something on the orange/coral side. These lipsticks are only $3 (!!!) and if you’ve been craving after MAC’s Lady Danger, I’ve heard this is a worthy dupe for 1/5th of the price.
From left to right: Nars Cruella, CoverGirl Hot, Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Rimmel Kate Moss #107, Wet ‘n’ Wild Purty Persimmon.
Whether or not you’re rocking a red lip this season, remember the words of Coco Chanel: “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.”
Mia is an aspiring cat lady and obsessed with books, beauty, and pop culture. By day she works in publishing in New York City, and by night she can be found in bed, drinking Moscato and binge-watching YouTube videos.