This article was first published on 9 February 2022.
It’s no secret that red lipsticks make for a bold makeup look. The striking scarlet shade is glamorous, sophisticated, and timeless all at the same time, making it a definite must-have in every gal’s beauty kit. However, finding the right one can be challenging at times. Some may be too vibrant for your liking, while others clash with your skin tone. Worry not! Here's how you can choose one that suits you.
How to choose the perfect red lipstick
Like any other makeup product, red lipsticks come with different undertones. There are warm and reds depending on how their pigments are rationed. Warm reds have more brown and orange tones in their formula. Cool reds are those with more blue tones. Knowing your skin's undertone can help you choose a red lipstick that suits your skin tone, but don't let it restrict you from experimenting!
We rounded off a list of the best universally flattering red lipsticks in Singapore that you can wear to any occasion.
On the hunt for a red lipstick that won’t quit? Check out Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Pioneer (SGD20.50). This affordable pick’s resilient formula is good for up to 16 hours. That’s right! Wear it to the office and to your after-work engagements — no touch-ups needed.
No list of the best universally flattering red lipstick would be complete without the famed MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo (SGD38). This ultra-matte bullet achieved cult-following status thanks to its vivid red shade. Here’s a tip: if you want to go for a satin look, put on some lip balm first.
This lightweight yet long-wear lipstick is touted as the “perfect universal red”. Not only does Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored (SGD42) have a versatile shade but this bestseller also has a soft matte finish and a lip-defining precision wand that’s super easy to use.
shu uemura RD163 (SGD50) is the result of meticulous research from the brand’s team. This particular shade of red is made to be “the best shade” for all Asian skin tones; it has a good balance of yellow and blue tones. What’s more, it comes in matte, satin, and lacquer shine finishes.
Legend has it that Giorgio Armani said no to about 95 shades before approving the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 400 (SGD60). Now known as the designer’s signature shade, this universal red lipstick is adored by many because of its classic hue and luxurious texture.
Want something super creamy on the lips but still has a long-lasting formula? The Guerlain KissKiss Lips in Kiss Rouge (SGD63) is up for the job. This red lipstick boasts 12 hours of staying power, and promises to nourish the lips for up to 16 hours with the help of hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and rose petal extract.
The Dior Rouge Dior Velvet 999 (SGD56) was created in homage to Christian Dior’s #9 and #99 lipsticks which were created in 1953. It has a balance of cool undertones that makes it suitable for every skin tone. It has nourishing extracts from red peony and pomegranate flowers to deliver the perfect pout.
CHANEL may have many other red lipsticks in its catalogue right now, but nothing can beat the beloved CHANEL Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color in Pirate (SGD62). This satin lipstick will give your puckers a radiant makeover and nourish it with vitamin E and a blend of moisturising oils.
Even though Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick in Goldie Red (SGD65) is relatively a newcomer in the makeup scene, it already gained popularity thanks to its rich red colour and comfortable velvet finish. The secret of this vintage-inspired bullet? A mix of pigments and moisturising gelling waxes. The lipstick comes in an elegant gold casing that’s incredibly chic.
From shoe soles to lipsticks, Christian Louboutin has made wise use of the colour red. Case in point: The Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Velvet Matte (SGD142), which features a mix of natural oils and seed butter to achieve a soft finish and comfortable feel. This luxurious pick will also look great on your vanity with its ornate case that’s inspired by the Art Deco movement.
Trust Auntie Pat to create a universally flattering red lipstick that will make your skin pop with life. The Pat McGrath Labs Satinallure Lipstick in Crimson Ecstasy (SGD45) is a bright scarlet red with a cool undertone. Its satin shine finish and weightless creamy texture give your lips a plump, dewy effect.
As the makeup artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury knows everything about having a statement red lip in your makeup arsenal. The Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red (SGD51) is her solution. It's a true ruby red shade inspired by Hollywood's red carpets and recreates that old Hollywood glam. Though it has a matte finish, it's not drying thanks to the botanical extracts in its formula.
Dubbed as a "classic red", the Anastasia Beverly Hill Matte Velvet Lipstick in American Doll (SGD37) boasts a matte finish and a long-lasting full-pigment colour. It's formulated to glide on smoothly and sit comfortably on the lips with its soft formula.
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