The holidays have always been an excuse to get all decked out — whether it’s wearing your favorite sparkly dress or sporting a shimmery midnight-blue eyeshadow (that goes neglected most days of the year!)
There’s no denying though that when it comes to holiday makeup, nothing gets the festive party spirit going like a bright crimson lip color! Red lipstick is equally sexy and edgy—yet somehow also refined.
The right shade of red lipstick can turn a boring look into a bold, eye-catching statement. Not to mention, red is just the perfect color to break through the dreariness of the cold and grey winter days!
I have to tell you though…not so long ago, I used to be really intimidated by red lipsticks! I don’t know what made me lose my inhibition and fall in love with it, but now red lipstick is one of my makeup must-haves!
Today I am showcasing some of my current favorite matte red lipsticks that I always reach for…
This is a bold, look-at-me red that pops! The pigmentation is through the roof…just one swipe gives me full-on, ravishing red! This ruby hue is really a statement-making shade. Just the perfect pick for a night out! Although not hydrating, this satin matte finish lipstick wears comfortably without leaving my lips feeling dry or flaky. Swatches here
This is a beautiful berry red with a hint of pink undertones. The finish is matte but not ‘ultra-matte’ and I really like that! Two layers and I’m good to go, but it can be easily blended for a soft stained look. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my festive look wearing this red lipstick. Swatches here
3. Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999 ($37)
Dior’s Rouge 999 is one of the most iconic shades of red lipstick ever! It’s a classic, true red with neutral undertones (not too warm and not too cool) so it’s said to be universally flattering and looks good on every skin tone. Hard not to agree!!
I have a mini size of this lipstick which came in one of the holiday sets from Sephora. It’s Incredibly pigmented with a satin matte finish and also long-wearing. All it takes is a single swipe or two and my lips are fully coated. It’s the perfect red that makes a statement, without being too dramatic!
Fun fact: Dior 999 lipstick was worn by models for Dior’s first-ever runway show back in 1947! (Then it was known as 9, and later as 99.) More than 70 years later, this iconic red lipstick is still a best-seller. Celebrity fans include Jennifer Lawrence and many more!
4. The Organic Skin Co. Lipstick in Ruby Red ($16.80)
Packed with pigment, this is a bright cherry red with slightly warm undertones. It’s a vibrant red that stands out without being too loud! I love the creamy, satin formula with a moisturizing matte finish. Despite being an all-natural lipstick, it’s fairly long-lasting and stays put. Also, it’s vegan and cruelty-free. Swatches here
5. Almay Lip Vibes Lipstick in Love Yourself ($7.99)
This is a rich, brick red with cream finish. It feels velvety smooth on the lips and glides on effortlessly without any dryness or drag. The formula is not super long-wearing but creamy and comfortable with a great color payoff. Not to mention, I love the cute and colorful packaging it comes in! Swatches here
Although described as a dusty rose, I see this one as more of a spiced terracotta red. It was love at first swipe for me! The formula is super smooth and creamy with a satin matte finish that isn’t drying at all. And it excels in the pigmentation department too!
I think this shade is the perfect low-maintenance ‘starter red’ for those who do not want a fiery red but still looking for a pretty pop of color!
What are some of your favorite matte red lipsticks, drugstore or high-end? Tell me about your top picks in the comments below!
PS: Just in case, you need a little helping hand in rocking a red lipstick, here are 5 Secrets to Perfect the Red Lip
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