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When it comes to makeup, I like experimenting with different products and looks, but one item that’s a must-have in my collection is red lipstick.  The holiday season has come and gone but that’s no reason to stop rocking a festive red lip well into the New Year, and with it, your confidence, sass, and brilliance.  Whether you have a tried-and-true red lipstick but want to scope out potential new favorites or you’re picking out your first red ever, I've compiled a list of drugstore and high-end finds alike.  No matter the price point, the selection of your next red lipstick should suit your personal style preference - the shade that best suits you is always the one you feel most confident wearing.  So here’s to all bSmart ladies rocking a red lip the New Year and cheers to a dynamic 2016!


Put on some red lipstick and live a little. – Dita Von Teese


Brick Red 

For all those who wish it were still autumn rather than the middle of winter, brown-based reds will fill the falling leaves and pumpkin spice void in your life.


Drugstore: NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama, Maybelline Color Sensational Siren in Scarlet

High End: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw, Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Zivoli, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Olivia


Classic Red 

Gwyneth Paltrow once said, ‘Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.  That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.’  Armed with a cult-classic red like MAC’s Ruby Woo, the combination of comfortable and kick-ass is a no-brainer.


Drugstore: Wet N’ Wild Stoplight Red, Milani Color Statement in Red Label, Revlon Super Lustrous Crème in Love That Red

High End: MAC Ruby Woo, Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso



To my fellow ladies who love reaching for a vibrant, fiery lip color like orange-red, my favorite Kate Spade quote, ‘she has a way with words, red lipstick, and making an entrance,’ is a tribute to you.


Drugstore: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Neon Red or Infra-Red, Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in #111

High End: NARS Heat Wave, MAC Chili or Lady Danger, Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in 620 Red


Cherry Red

My interpretation of cherry red leans on bright, pinky-red tones, made famous by CoverGirl Taylor Swift and her brand favorite, Flame.  T-Swift is serious about her red lipsticks and has dedicated quite a few lyrics to them.  Plump your pout, cue the music, and sing along to Blank Space - ‘Cherry lips, crystal skies, I could show you incredible things.’


Drugstore: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherry Blossom, CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Flame

High End: Clinique Cherry Pop Lip Colour + Primer, Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush


Siren Red 

Like Kesha sings in her song Red Lipstick, ‘You can’t ignore me in my [siren] red lipstick.’


Drugstore: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lip Color in Hot, NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Electra, Wet N’ Wild MegaLast Lipstick in Red Velvet

High End: NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Siren, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick #43 Moulin Rouge


Deep Blue-Toned Red 

I personally love a bold, deep red and my go-to is the NYX Snow White Lipstick.  It’s rich and creamy, flattering on every skin tone, and only $4 a pop.  If applying dark shades are a bit intimidating to you, I recommend first using a pencil lip liner in the same shade for a neater application. 


Drugstore: NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Snow White, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red

High End: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon, Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery, MAC Dubonnet


Blood Red 

Who’s going to mess with a woman wearing blood red lipstick?  Exactly, no one.


Drugstore: Wet N’ Wild MegaLast Lipstick in Cherry Bomb, Revlon Super Lustrous Crème in Raisin Rage

High End: NARS Fire Down Below, Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in Blood Red



When Elizabeth Taylor famously said, ‘Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together,’ she definitely meant pouring yourself a nice glass of red wine to pair with your beautiful wine or burgundy lip.  Once lip and libation are perfectly paired, how simple it is to pull yourself together.


Drugstore: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Burgundy Blush or Divine Wine, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Crème in Mulled Wine, Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in #107

High End: Burberry Lip Velvet Oxblood No. 437, MAC Sin, Giorgio Armani Beauty Rouge Ecstasy in Night Viper, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Dahlia 



When you’re bored of your classic reds but still want to make a bold statement, berry-red shades are a perfect choice to add a little extra punch to your look.


Drugstore: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Tempt

High End: Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Kir Royale, Tom Ford Lip and Cheek Stain in Tainted Love


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