Stylisted’s Guide to Perfect Red Lips for the Holidays

Stylisted - Stylisted's Guide to Perfect Red Lips for the Holidays

Getting the perfect red lip look can be much harder than originally anticipated. Lipstick can get smudgy, stains can dry out the lips, glosses can wear off too quickly – the potential problems are endless. Luckily, we’re here to help with a list of some of our favorites in all formulas PLUS our top tips for application!

Stylisted - Stylisted's Guide to Perfect Red Lips for the Holidays

– STEPS TO PERFECT RED LIPS –

  • Before applying any bold lip product, make sure your lips are exfoliated and hydrated! We often start this process the night before with this lip scrub and this overnight lip mask. (More affordable versions here and here)
  • Once the lips are prepped, go in with a lip primer if you’re looking for serious all-day wear. We don’t do this too often but find it helpful for special events.
  • Fill in your lips with the red lip product of your choice – if you want to wear a gloss, we recommend starting with a lipstick and then applying the gloss for maximum wear time.
  • Blot with a tissue and apply one more coat.
  • Grab another tissue and hold it in front of your lips. Using your favorite loose translucent powder and a medium-sized fluffy brush, and dust the powder onto the tissue on top of your lips. This is key for locking everything in and preventing smudging!

– OUR FAVORITE RED LIP PRODUCTS –

Stylisted - Stylisted's Guide to Perfect Red Lips for the Holidays

GLOSSES/STAINS:

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion, Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain, Maybelline Color Elixir, Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer. Not pictured: Too Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Lipstick.

Stylisted - Stylisted's Guide to Perfect Red Lips for the Holidays

LIPSTICKS:

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss, Nars Heat Wave, Stowaway Cosmetics Creme LipstickRevlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red (so many good reds in this line!), Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Candy AppleEstee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte in Volatile, Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in PomegranateL’Oreal Color Riche Collection in Blake (as in, Blake Lively’s shade!). Not pictured: MAC Lady Danger, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Red, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red.

Stylisted - Stylisted's Guide to Perfect Red Lips for the Holidays

LIP BALM PENCILS:

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Provacateur, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. Not pictured: Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in Romantic, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

Stylisted - Stylisted's Guide to Perfect Red Lips for the Holidays

For those of you who made it all the way to the end of this novel, we thought we’d share our top 3 favorites, which is SUCH a hard choice. Out of only the ones pictured above, we’d go with Nars Heat Wave, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte in Volatile, and Revlon Super Lustrous in Love That Red.

WE’D LOVE TO KNOW, WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE REDS?
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    Wendy

    Any tips for a red that works well with olive skin tones?

    1. Isabella Walker

      Anything with an orange tone looks beautiful on olive complexions – Nars Heat Wave and MAC Lady Danger are two of our favorites!

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        Wendy

        Thanks, Isabella!!! I love Heat Wave. I’ll have to pick up Lady Danger!

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    Nonni Gerolium

    You are beautiful!! We are so proud of you. Love reading what you hav written. I am simply amazed at your talent. But not surprised!!! You are our Isabella

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