A red lip is like a LBD. It’s timeless and reliable, and the search for ‘the one’ can be arduous, but once you find it, you’ll know.

There’s something about a red lip that oozes confidence. It says sexy, but classy. It’s girl next door, but at the same time it’s kick-ass! Not only does it exude confidence, but a bold scarlet lip also takes a hell of a lot of confidence to wear. It wasn’t that long ago that the thought of red lipstick had us cowering in the corner. We’ve always been ones for vibrant colours and prints when it comes to our clothes, but with our lips, anything that strayed away from our safe peachy pink shades was a no go. As we’ve learnt, any one can pull off almost any trend, fashion or beauty. The trick is to find the perfect shade or cut for you. It has taken us a lot of trial and error, but slowly we have built up a small hoard of red lipsticks that we feel ok confident wearing. We’ve found that cool tone and pink-hued reds work best for us, while deeper shades aren’t as flattering. For those who are still navigating the muddy red lipstick waters, we’ve created a small cheat sheet to help you find the perfect red lip for your skin tone.

Finding The Perfect Red Lip For Your Skin Tone

While we have a few trusty ruby reds on rotation, we need to give one of our current hand bag favourites a shout out. The NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Orangesicle has been well loved recently. It’s as true a red as your’e going to get. Living up to it’s name, this butter gloss has serious colour payoff. The true to tube gloss is incredibly pigmented, creamy and really sticks around. You definitely need a mirror when applying this one, but it is well worth the effort. Mwah!

Finding The Perfect Red Lip For Your SKin Tone

Finding The Perfect Red Lip For Your SKin Tone

We leave you with a few wise words…


Do you have a go to red lip?

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 ♥ M + K


  1. I love a red lip but very rarely wear it as it’s a little too high maintainance for me. Your post has inspired me to dig out all my red lipsticks and glosses though and try it a bit more often 🙂 x


    1. It is a bit of a pain sometimes, but this one doesn’t really move that much compared to some other ones out there. Maybe a matte red would be better for you? We’re so glad our post has inspired you to whip out the red lip more often!

      M + K


  2. I loooove a red lip and MAC Lady Danger is my go-to! (actually wearing it today! hehe) You definitely need to experiment with different toned reds until you find the right one! I am pretty lucky having a neutral skintone I can pretty much pull them all off! #winning

    Mel x || Loads of Lifestyle


  3. That colour is completely amazing on you! I have some favourite reds and usually go for the fair-medium shades. I love a orangey hued lippy but a true red is also one of my favorites – perfect for evenings! My favorites are Mac’s Russian Red and Tom Ford’s Flame. So pretty.


  4. Not one red go to lipstick but I do have several pretty shades. After some trial and error I found that firetruck-orangy reds aren’t for me, but those richer and cooler reds (with or without pink) are.


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