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The Best Red Lipsticks

The ultimate pin-up girl has gone mainstream, and red lips are red-hotter than ever before. All of the young Hollywood celebs, including Lindsay Lohan and Christina Aguilera are wearing these very adult lips, but to get the look, you'll need good materials. (Tune in later today to learn how to find and apply the right color for you.) Here are some of my favorite red lipsticks.

Clinique Different Lipstick in Angel Red is amazing. It deliciously smooth and comfortable with medium coverage that won't stain your lips. (Fun fact: Nicole Kidman actually wore this shade in the movie Moulin Rouge.) Buy it here for $14.

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo has been reviewed on countless blogs as hands-down the best vivid bluish-red lipstick on the market. It stays on forever and won't feather or cake. Runner up to Ruby Woo is Russian Red, an intense matte bluish red that was specifically designed for Madonna. Buy them here for $14.

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Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Creme Lipstick in Red N°5 is an East Coast cult classic. It's got a satiny, creamy feel and moderate coverage that will last a long time without needing to re-apply. Buy it here for $24.50.

Nars Lipstick in Fire Down Below is a darker, semi-matte blood-red color. It's a rich and creamy deep shade that will add a dramatic flair to your look. Also popular is a bluish-red hue in Scarlet Empress. Buy them here for $23.

Armani Cosmetics Matte Silk Lipstick No. 9has a velvety finish and is very luxurious to wear. This color is a powerful bright and fruity red with a highly pigmented, long-lasting coverage. It is recommended that you apply this lipstick with a lip brush. Buy it here for $25.

sweetpea0408 sweetpea0408 8 years
I'm into red lipstick these days, and I would say MAC's Russian red is the best shade that I have tried. I wear MAC's Spice lipliner along with it which makes it more intense. I'm interested in trying Armani though = )
joan1995 joan1995 8 years
I am very fair skinned and tried Clinique's Black Honey, it was so shear and feels so luxurious, but most of all besides that I love it I get the most compliments when I wear it.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
cute names!
siren6 siren6 10 years
la_clique: Thanks for the info! You know I'm sort of dissapointed Fab posted the innacurate picture and then never responded about what was really in the pic she posted, so I totally appreciate your in-person research at the counter! I think I'll wait until I can see them in person myself, since the reviews on here and the web colors seem to be telling a different story. Thanks again!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I wonder if colours are different in Europe than they are in the USA. :oy:
Kate-Needs-Help Kate-Needs-Help 10 years
I think I look like I'm being a pretend adult when I wear red lips. But, Mme, I like your mom's ideas!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I love clinique's Angel Red! I have to wear blue-reds, so I wish I could suggest things for girls who need warmer tones, but I don't know any. Do other sugar chicas have ideas? If you don't want to commit to red lipstick but want a bit of sheer rouge-ness to your lips, the Body Shop has a new lipgloss out in Hi-Shine Red Gleam, it's really nice. Or, you can do what my mum taught me years ago (she learned from her modelling coach--kind of an insider tip). Take the shade of red you really like, and mix a small portion of it with vaseline. You'll create a custom lip-gloss in a red tint that no one else will have ;) My mum still does this...she even melts lipsticks down in the microwave, mixing it with a bit of vaseline and stores it in little pots she buys at places like Sephora. :D
la_clique la_clique 10 years
Update: I wasn't impressed with either Clinique shade. The Angel is TOO hot pink looking, the other too brown. so...instead of reds I got fall colors. Bamboo lipliner and Braisen lipgloss.
la_clique la_clique 10 years
Siren6, the Clinique displayed looks more like Double Fudge. I'm going to get either that or the Angel one today...I'll let you know what it is :D
highsociety1 highsociety1 10 years
Shot out to Mac's "O"! It has gold flecks in it and is a very wearable, muted red. It's the only red I would wear, if I ever wore red, which I never will.
la_clique la_clique 10 years
Yeah, have worn the Black Honey. Don't be afraid, it IS almost black, but is so sheer it looks like blackberry juice. They used to give this as one of those little samples, I keep it in my purse!
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
No Problem, DesignR! Specifically, the lipstick is called Clinique Almost Lipstick. The color is Black Honey. I think it costs like $14.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
oh, thanks for the tip azucar. I'll have to check it out. I like that it sounds sheer with the hint of red.
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
FAB_ I notice that most of these are of the bluish-red variety. Are you going to do a post on the warmer tones?
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
DesignRchic _ have you tried Clinique's sheer Black Honey? it's just a touch of red and won't make you feel self-conscious. FAB has talked about it before-- it's a true classic. Maybe if you try a shade/texture like that, you may feel more comfortable to move on to more vivid reds?
siren6 siren6 10 years
Hey FabSugar - Can you confirm the pictures you are using are the shades you are describing? I went to Sephora to track down the Clinique Different Lipstick in Angel Red, and the image you used above definitely does *not* match the Angel Red swatch on the site. The Angel Red looks like a much bluer red than the image and description above suggests, but it might just be wonky web colors. I'd actually like to find out what color is pictured, because it's gorgeous!
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
yeah it's around the time people start wearing darker shades*
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
I love red lipstick too. I've been wearing it for many months now.
la_clique la_clique 10 years
Oh, I love red lipstick. The right shade hard, but nothing looks more classic! I think I'll try the Clinique one!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I'm so afraid of red lipstick, but I love how it looks on other people. I think it's because I have mild acne and I think it's going to bring them out more. I'd love to hear what you (FabSugar) say about finding the right color.
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