The 5 Classic Red Lipsticks You Need This Holiday Season

The Christmas season is definitely well underway and it has inspired me to share my top 5 red lipsticks with you all in case you are hunting for the perfect red lip for a special occasion you may have coming up. Personally, I'm not a huge red lip lover myself. It's a shade that I often get compliments when I wear, but I tend to steer more towards bright pinks and fuchsias rather than a classic red. However, when you find the right red lipstick shade, it can really become the hero of your makeup look. I love pairing a red lip with a minimal eye. Today I am taking you through my favourite red lipsticks that contain easy to wear formulas, bold colour and longevity! Keep reading to find out my recommendations.





There is nothing that screams Christmas and End of Year Holidays more than a bold, red lip! In my opinion it is hard to find a really nice classic red lip that doesn't lean too cool or too warm. I often go for more orange-reds or coral-reds because they seem to suit me a little better but I feel like a classic red suits almost anyone! They are one of the hardest shades to get perfect in terms of application so liquid lipsticks are helpful because the doe-foot applicator certainly makes it easier to get crisp lines compared to a traditional lipstick bullet.

To start off with, Rimmel The Only One Lipstick* in Revolution Red is probably the most comfortable red lipstick that I have ever worn. These lipsticks are more on the sheerer side, but they still come packed with pigment and are easy to layer and reapply as the day goes on. Probably not the most long-lasting throughout eating and drinking, but a great one to pop on for a day at the office if you want your lips to feel hydrated as well as festive!

If you're after something more long lasting, there are some great contenders out there now in the form of matte liquid lipsticks! The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso is described as a true red and the perfect shade for Christmas time. I am also a fan of the formula of these lipsticks and don't find them to be too drying since they are enriched with vitamin e and avocado oil, although they can start to flake after 6+ hours.

The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw is described as a brick red. It is a medium toned, cool red with a matte finish. This is definitely the most long-wearing out of all the shades, and was the hardest to get off my arm after swatches. It wears well for 8+ hours but does start to feel drying on the lips after that amount of time.

The Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Redrum. I personally find the Jeffree Star formula to be the most comfortable out of the three and a very true, classic red shade that will suit everyone! I find this one really easy to apply as it doesn't dry too quickly so you have time to go over lines to perfect the look before it completely mattifies. You can read my full review of the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks here.

Finally, my favourite traditional red lipstick is definitely the Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Amour which is super comfortable, pigmented and long-lasting for your traditional lipstick bullet. This shade is described as a classic neutral red and I certainly agree. It is very creamy and comfortable on the lips while still maintaining an opaque colour,


My favourite 5 Classic Red Lipstick Shades


Wearing Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Redrum


No matter what the occasion, it's always a good idea to keep a classic red lip colour in your beauty collection to make sure you're prepared. A red lipstick is the easiest way to look super bold, put together and powerful without having to put in much effort. Red lipsticks look amazing with a brown or grey smokey eye, but they also look just as good with a very minimal eyeshadow look meaning it can really be the highlight of your makeup look.

Hopefully you feel more prepared this holiday season with my red lipstick reccomendations and hopefully you can find one from this selection that you feel is a good match for you!



What is your favourite red lipstick shade?
Will you be rocking a bold lip this Christmas?


*This product was sent to Bows & Pleats for consideration. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. For more information please read my disclaimer.

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