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A classic red lip; it’s the beauty staple that looks good on everyone, but can feel so daunting
to wear. With thousands of hues, textures, and finishes to choose from, half the hesitation of
wearing a red can be undone by finding the right red—one that compliments your skin
tone and depth, wears (and fades) in a way you need it to, or feels just right for the occasion.
It’s time to make the red lip your thing for 2021. We called on MECCA Colour and Artistry
Education Manager Jen Horsley to help.
Try Shiseido’s LacquerInk LipShine
in ‘Red Flicker’. “It’s a pigment-packed gloss
that...lasts the distance, says Horsley. “This warm tangerine-like red makes for a
on medium and deep skin tones.”
Describing it as “a creamy red hue with a hint of a coral undertone,” Horsley considers Laura Mercier’s Rouge
Essentiel Silky Crème Lipstick in ‘Rouge Eclatant’ to
be the “perfect” shade for porcelain skin tones. It lasts for up to six hours without bleeding,
feathering, drying, fading, or settling into lines.
Go warm with your red, too. Horsley suggests bareMinerals’
MINERALIST Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick in ‘Inspiration’, “a bright pop of red with a
touch of warmth,” formulated with lip-loving oils and minerals. There’s the option of Smashbox’s Always On
Cream to Matte Lipstick in ‘Bawse’, too, “a classic red that works beautifully on
olive and rich skin tones hoping to rock a bold red-lip,” or Hourglass’ Confession
Lipstick in ‘I Crave’, which Horsley describes as “the ideal fiery red for warmer
complexions, and the perfect summer lip for a striking statement.”
“NARS’ ‘Bad Reputation’
Lipstick is a cool-toned medium dark red that suits cool-toned complexions,” recommends
the makeup expert. If you want that teeth and eye-brightening Hollywood glamour look, she
suggests going matte and slightly blue-toned with M·A·C cult favourite
‘Ruby Woo’, or, if you prefer a non-budging liquid to a bullet, Too Faced’s Melted
Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in ‘Lady Balls’.
“An iconic bold and bright red that suits all skin tones, Stila’s Stay All Day
Liquid Lipstick in ‘Beso’ is Alexandra Ocasio Cortez’s go-to red lip,” says Horsley.
In our minds, this makes it the tried and tested choice for making power moves in.
If you’re into more orange hues, try Tom Ford’s Lip Color in ‘Wild Ginger’, which is “the perfect red lip
for a warm summers night,” according to Horsley, or Shiseido’s VisionAiry
Gel Lipstick in ‘Ginza Red’, “a vibrant and warm orange-red, with a fresh creamy
finish.” Both have a silky, satin-y finish and are spiked with hydrating ingredients, making
them feel more like a weightless balm than a coat of drying paint.
If you just can’t decide, opt for Westman Atelier’s Lip Suede; a sleek and innovative compact
delivering on four luxurious, soft-matte reds that cover your warm, cool, bright, and dark
needs. Horsley suggests mixing and matching your own shade of red for a customised colour
Want to learn more about finding your perfect red? Makeup artist Yen Hoang is teaching us how
to find the most flattering shade of red lipstick for your complexion, while sharing her pro
tips for perfect application. Watch here
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