While the saying goes, “give a woman the right shoes and she can conquer the world,” for beauty lovers, it’s more like give a woman the right lipstick—especially if that lipstick is red. And with International Women’s Day upon us, we think it’s the perfect time to find the right shade of red that will keep you feeling confident and sexy. Last year, thousands of women took to social media and showed their support for women’s rights by sharing red lipstick selfies, including politicians, entertainers, doctors, mothers and more. It was a small, yet beautiful act to illustrate the power of makeup in so many realms. So it’s only right that everyone is able to find their best red shade to join in on the fun this year. Ahead, we’ve rounded up our best red lipsticks to inspire your next fierce and vibrant look, in honor of International Women’s Day, and your quest to conquer the world.
When it comes to bold lip colors, we love using matte formulas because they stay in place all day. We recommend the shade Empowered in this rouge matte lip stain because, just as the name suggests, it will immediately command the attention of everyone in the room. It delivers the high color impact of a liquid lipstick without leaving your lips feeling dry. It also has a long-lasting matte formula that goes on creamy and feels light on your lips. For the best results, use the precision applicator to shape and outline your lips first, then glide the brush across to fill it in with color.
There’s no denying the transformative power of a true red lipstick shade. It can elevate your entire look and help warm up your complexion, which is why we love this satin lipstick shade so much. It’s also formulated with hydrating ingredients including argan oil and sesame seed oil so your lips will feel soft and moisturized. The color won’t smudge or feather, so you won’t have to worry about reapplying it every time you eat or drink throughout the day.
If you’re a fan of red-pinky hues, this Romatte-Ic Rose shade will quickly become your go-to lippe. This matte lipstick delivers intense hydration and a rich, vibrant color that looks stunning on various skin tones. It goes on creamy and will leave your lips feeling soft and smooth. Put it on for your International Women’s Day selfie to earn yourself some serious heart eye emojis!
If you prefer a more cool-toned red, reach for a darker berry-toned lip stain. This deep shade of red rings true to its name and is a gorgeous color that will draw attention after applying one swipe. Its lightweight formula glides on smoothly and gives off a high-shine, gloss-like feel with the color impact of a liquid lipstick. It also won’t smear or feather throughout the day. With the help of the precision applicator, you can easily shape and line your lips with any of the 12 shiny shades that won’t leave your lips feeling sticky.
If you love wearing bright orangey-red lipstick, reach for this popular lippie. Thanks to the nourishing serum and pro-vitamin B5 infused in it, your lips will stay hydrated and moisturized for up to nine hours. With frequent use, your lips will also look smoother and feel softer. To give the appearance of fuller lips, use the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Anti-Feathering Lip Liner - Smooth Application in Flaming Carmin to outline and enhance your natural lip contour.
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