Updated: Sep 18, 2020
Could I even call myself a Delta girl if I didn't own 1913 shades of red lipstick? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Whether you're on the hunt for a classic RED for your wedding day, a pop of color for your headshots or simply because you want a staple lipstick shade in your purse or makeup bag...I've got you! As a professional makeup artist with over 10 years of experience, I've stocked my kit with shades suitable for my queens of every hue.
1. Fenty Beauty, UNCENSORED Stunna Lip Paint - $25
This is actually the lippie I'm rocking in the photo above (hey guys!) and I keep this in my personal makeup stash and in my purse. Yes, I buy multiples - don't judge me. Deemed as RiRi's favorite shade and labeled as the "Perfect Universal Red" it has yet to fail me with its soft matte finish and long-wearing formula. I like to pair this liquid lipstick with a lip liner (I used Ruby Woo by MAC) to ensure I get a crisp line during application.
2. MAC, Ruby Woo Retro Matte Lipstick - $19
My first non-drugstore red shade that I ever purchased for myself was the ICONIC, Ruby Woo. This ultra matte lipstick is the perfect true blue-red that hit the market back in 1999. Since this formula is so matte, I always like to prep my lips with a sugar scrub and a lip balm (don't forget to wipe it off) prior to applying. Whether you decide to apply it directly from the tube or with a lip brush...the color payoff is intense and long-wearing.
3. NARS, Cruella Velvet Matte
Lip Pencil - $27
The gift of having a lip liner and lipstick in one with a velvety matte finish and non-drying formula. Enriched with Vitamin E with medium-to-full coverage, this is the perfect throw it in the bag and go lippie. Although this isn't as matte as the other two, it still stays put.
(PRO TIP: If you don't already have a beauty sharpener with a jumbo side, make sure you have one for this)
4. The Lip Bar, BAWSE Lady Liquid Lipstick - $13
Now, let's talk about convenience and affordability. This beauty, BAWSE Lady, can be found at my favorite store...Targét. With such a stunning blue-red base, this liquid lipstick goes on like a gloss but dries to a stunning long lasting matte finish. I keep this in my office drawer just in case I need to throw on some color before a meeting.
5. ColourPop, Arriba Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick - $8
Arriba is such a beautiful shade and COLOURPOP LIVES IN MY PRO KIT! Their ultra matte liquid lipsticks are extremely affordable, highly pigmented, apply perfectly and THEY DO NOT BUDGE! The longevity of a lippie matters to me because the last thing I want is for my bride to kiss her husband after their highly anticipated "I do" and then BAM, the groom is rocking a red lip as they walk down the aisle together as MR & MRS. LOL!