Top Picks for Red Lipsticks

With the holidays upon us, it’s time to start getting festive with our makeup. And, what better way to do so than with a classic red lip?!

Finding the right shade of red lipstick can be tricky – there are numerous shades with varying undertones to choose from, not to mention your skin tone plays a crucial role in deciding what will and will not look good on your lips.

For all my fair- and medium-skin toned gals out there, I’ve rounded up my top picks for red lipsticks that are sure to flatter a variety of skin colors.

Each of these lipsticks are tried and true favorites, and each color offers something different for everybody – whether it be a brighter red with an orange undertone or a deep burgundy with a blue undertone.

What all these lipsticks have in common is they don’t dry out the lips or leave them looking flat and lifeless. Each one offers a healthy dose of moisture and sheen, even the lipsticks that are considered a matte finish.

Don’t forget to check out my tips for flawless red lips to ensure a clean and precise application.

What red lipsticks will you be rocking this holiday season?

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  1. 11.19.14
    Katie said:

    Love this guide! Can't wait to buy some red lipstick πŸ™‚

  2. 11.19.14
    Jessi Otey said:

    My vote is for really red! You are rockin' it girl! So pretty xoxo

  3. 11.19.14
    Nadia said:

    All of these reds are stunning! I think I'm going to get a matte red this year to add to my collection – Tyler isn't really a fan of reds but I think they're too perfect for the holidays to leave out!

  4. 11.19.14

    I'm thinking the red velvet would probably work best for me! I tend to use more sheer glosses or butters that have color but not quite so saturated, even though I love the saturated colors on others. I know I need to branch out! These are great options.

    Caitlin @ Coffee with Caitlin

  5. 11.19.14

    I definitely need to check out the reds in her line since that's one of my favorite drugstore brands for lipsticks.

  6. 11.19.14

    Oh! I will have to check out that color – I'm a big fan of Maybelline lipsticks, but I don't think I've ever tried one of their matte ones. Thanks for the suggestion. πŸ™‚

  7. 11.19.14

    I'm pretty sure you have one of, if not both, Revlon lipsticks in this post!

  8. 11.19.14

    Thank you! Hope you found this helpful.

  9. 11.19.14

    I think that one is probably universally flattering. Plus, it's so easy to apply since it's a cross between a balm and lipstick.

  10. 11.19.14

    You're so sweet, thank you! There's no easier way to feel glamorous than with a red lip. πŸ™‚

  11. 11.19.14

    I have Pomegranate from Bite, too – that's a great red! I'll have to check out the MAC Ruby Woo.

  12. 11.19.14

    I only have red lipstick. I've got about 10 different shades.. but they are all red. I love the Kate Moss line by Rimmel.

    Midwest Darling

  13. 11.19.14
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    LOVE this post, I'm just getting into red & bold lips! My current obsession is Maybelline's matte lipstick in Divine Wine, gorgeous!

  14. 11.19.14
    Debra Stachelski said:

    A pretty red lip is so nice for this time of year! I think the Revlon color has my name on it!

  15. 11.19.14

    All of them look fab on you, but the first one and the last one are my favorite. I was also thinking about red lipstick yesterday for some reason, so thanks for sharing some of your favorites! πŸ™‚

  16. 11.19.14

    Red velvet is one of my favorites! I actually gave it to my mom because I thought it was too dark for me, but ended up taking it back because I actually loved it!

  17. 11.19.14
    Pamela said:

    All of these reds look amazing on you! My favorite red is MAC in Dangerous! It just makes me feel so glammed up and I feel like it looks great with my skintone!

    <3, Pamela

  18. 11.19.14
    Biana Perez said:

    I love all of them on you!!! Red is such a fun color to make you instantly feel glam!!! I have this great one from MAC Ruby Woo and then I'm obsessed with my lip crayon from Bite in Pomegranate!!!