That countdown to the Christmas Parties is on. Welcome to Blogmas Day 3!
The best thing about this time of year is being able to wear a red lip. I mean, I wear one pretty much all year round, but there’s something about a red lip that is so perfect for Christmas.
I have far more red lipsticks to name; probably ones I don’t really need because they’re duplicates of another, but I just can’t help myself! Surprisingly enough though, I do wear them all. Sometimes I’m feeling a cherry red that needs a blue undertone, which is very different from a cherry red with a pink undertone. I wrote a whole post on the mechanics of a red lip, and it’s important to know which tones you go for.
That being said, I vary the colours I’m wearing depending on my mood, and this winter I’ve been reaching for these shades:
MAC Ruby Woo (RRP £16.50)
This is probably my favourite MAC red lipstick (very narrowly followed by Russian Red) and probably so because it’s one of those universal shades that suits everybody. Ruby Woo is one of their retro matte lipsticks, and whilst it is INCREDIBLY matte, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable the way a liquid lipstick is. I love how bright it is, yet how flattering it find it for my skin tone. It can be a little but drying so I do find that I need to prep my lips with a lip scrub and balm before I use this (Russian Red may be more for you if you don’t like this) but I love how it lasts ALL DAY without needing to be touched up.
L’Oreal Colour Riche Pure Red Exclusive Collection in Blake’s Red (RRP £6.99)
I’m not ashamed in the slightest to say that brought this lipstick solely because I think Blake Lively is a complete icon. The fact that this is one of my favourite red lipsticks is just a bonus. The idea behind this range was to have a red shade for every woman, but this colour is definitely the best of the bunch. It a true ‘old school Hollywood’ red; completely a universal red lipstick that flatters all skin tones, just like Ruby Woo except cheaper and easier to wear. I don’t find this drying in the slightest; it doesn’t bleed through the course of the day, it lasts ages and even when it fades it looks like a pretty lip stain. Perfection.
Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick in the shade 500 Take the Stage (RRP £6.99)
I wrote a post on this range here, and this is probably my favourite from their collection. I love that it’s a slightly pinker red than my other selections, which makes it very wearable for the daytime. It has a very creamy formula that has all the comfort of a satin lipstick, yet is opaque with a single swipe. This one isn’t as long-lasting as the others in this post, but so damn comfy to wear and apply, it doesn’t really bother me.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade Red-volution (RRP £7.99)
I’ve written a blog post about my love of this lipstick before, but I have to say that it remains my favourite liquid lipstick by far. I love the classic blue undertone, I love the velvety feel and I love the staying power. It is my most complemented shade and I reach for it all the time.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss, in the shade 107 (RRP £5.99)
Probably their most iconic lipstick! It’s easy to see why everyone raves about this shade: with its deep berry red shade and cool undertones, it’s incredibly flattering for most skin tones. I love the semi-matte finish as it’s easy to wear and doesn’t settle into fine lines (cold weather problems), you also get the matte finish you want without any problems with cracking or drying. I also love the fact that this lipstick is buildable in colour, so it can be worn more sheer for an everyday look.
Nars Audacious Lipstick in the shade Charlotte (RRP £25.99)
This is such a luxurious brand and quality, I’m completely blown away every time I use it! Charlotte is a deep crimson berry shade in a semi-matte finish, yet is so silky and smooth to apply you’d be forgiven for thinking it was more satin. I do find that I need a lip liner to avoid any feathering in the corners, but it wears really evenly and leaves a gorgeous berry stain for something more subtle.
Let me know in the comments what lipsticks you’re wearing this festive period!