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A must have in any make up bag, a deep red lipstick provides an elegant finishing touch that takes any travel outfit from day to night. Here are the perfect red lipstick recommendations that our readers swear by!
Best Red Lipsticks
Written By: Laura Pulling
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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
On a red dress, what is your perfect red lipstick?
When you want to look glamorous for a special occasion at home or when traveling, a makeup look with red lipstick is a classic choice. But you want something that is durable and long-lasting, not a blood red lipstick that will end up around the rim of a glass, or faded away by the time you’re through with dinner.
Whether a pencil, gloss, matte, or lip tint, we have you covered! Here are the top rated and tried favorites that TFG readers love.
Best Matte Red Lipstick
Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick
Dark red lipsticks are everywhere right now, and this lip crayon makes applying your color a piece of cake!
We love the shade of this matte Maybelline red lipstick, and its impressive 8-hour staying power, and so do our readers. One shares, “Bought a Maybelline super stay ink crayon in Own your Empire and love it! It was inexpensive and is one of my favorites because it stays on for a long time!”. Another explains that they “haven’t found anything that stays put like this.”
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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Matte Long Lasting Red Lipstick
This Stila matte dark red lipstick delivers bold, long-lasting color that stays in place for up to 12 hours of continuous wear. The lightweight formula is easy to apply, with a doe foot applicator wand. Enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil, it promises to hydrate and soften lips without bleeding or rubbing off.
Our readers rave about it, one shares, “Stila Beso is another goodie!” and another adds, “Stila stay all day in fiery!”
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MAC Red Matte Lipstick Ruby Woo
These loved best MAC red lipsticks are pigment rich products that made them the brand we know today. It’s a matte, vivid, blue red lipstick from the MAC retro collection. It’s got excelent staying power and has a classy no-shine finish.
One reader loves hers, and explains, “MAC lipstick red in ruby woo for a matte look is so great.”
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MAC Retro Red Matte Liquid Lipstick
For an alternative to red lipsticks MAC provides a matte-finish liquid lip color that shines. Feels So Grand is a twist on a classic texture and the stunning shades are easy to apply with their heart shaped wand. It’s long-wearing, for up to eight hours, with color that’s even, smooth, and true.
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Besame Cosmetics: Vintage Red Lipstick
Besame means “kiss me” in Spanish, and with this sassy red lipstick, your lips will look kissable and desirable. The vintage-inspired, true red lipstick uses highly pigmented, bold colors to represent bygone eras. One coat gives long lasting, full coverage. Best of all, this brand is vegan, cruelty, gluten, and paraben free!
One reader loves her lipstick reds, sharing, “Besame Red Velvet for everyday, Victory Red if I’m feeling sassy. They really knew their reds in the 40’s.”
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Bite Beauty Cayenne Travel Lipstick Red
Calling TFG everywhere, this travel sized red lip stain is the perfect option for your carry on adventures. In a vivid, classic red shade, this red apple lipstick is full of clean, gluten-free, vegan formulas ,and is cruelty free!
One reader shares, “I only buy Bite Beauty for sparkly red lipstick, because it’s food grade and red is notorious for being full of lead, even natural brands.”
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NARS Velvet Dark Red Lipstick Matte
NARS red lipsticks gives you the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-size crayon design. The seamless color and long-lasting yet non drying formula will last you through a full day of sightseeing or a day at the office. Its versatility means you can use this loved-best red matte lipstick as a pencil for lining or as an allover lip color. Readers call it “the most flattering berry red lipstick ever!”.
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Kylie Cosmetics Red Velvet Lipstick
This crimson red lipstick kit from Kylie Cosmetics is your secret weapon to create the perfect makeup with red lipstick look. Each lip kit comes with a high-intensity pigment, matte red liquid lipstick and matching ultra-long wearing lip liner that has a creamy texture to glide across the lips.
One reader says, “I love Kylie cosmetics, they stay on for ages and have great colors.”
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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Red Lipstick
A reader ‘favorite’, this weightless, 12-hour dark red liquid lipstick with a soft matte finish comes in one head-turning shade that makes it the best red lipstick for all skin tones. The lip defining wand makes applying it a breeze. Plus, readers love that Fenty products are 100% cruelty free.
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Yves Saint Laurent Classic Red Lipstick
Made with 65% oils, this Yves Saint Laurent Rouge hot red lipstick provides a pop of color, smoothness and all day wearability. The berry is a shade that can take you from day to night. After four weeks of application, your lips will look healthy and more hydrated. It also features a mango scent for a fresh burst, and our readers agree saying that “It smells so good!”.
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Givenchy Le Rouge #307 Dark Red Matte Lipstick
This high end, deep red matte lipstick offers high impact, long-lasting color. Uniquely encased in a genuine leather sleeve for a quality, luxe finish. Despite the price tag, readers still rave about this russian red lipstick. One shares, “The first time I bought the Givenchy, I was mortified that I’d spent $38 on a lipstick. But I wore it, and used it up. Instead of having three or four $10 lipsticks in the drawer not being used, I had one that I wear everyday. If you love it and wear it, it’s worth it!”
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Best Bright Red Lipsticks
Urban Decay Red Lipstick Matte
This super-creamy red hot lipstick by Urban Decay promises a long-lasting coverage in a head turning color. We love F Bomb, but there are a host of classic, and more unusual shades in this brand’s collection.
This cool red lipstick is full of nourishing ingredients too, including; aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils to soften lips. And vitamin C and vitamin E to give a hit of antioxidants.
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Guerlain Rouge Brilliant Red Lipstick
This opulent, vampire red lipstick from Guerlain is another reader favorite. The long lasting, intense color enhances and nourishes the lips for all day wear. The lip color is made to partner a case, which is sold separately, but is refillable, and gives you a customizable option for your makeup bag.
Our readers love these shades of red lipsticks and the variety of cases available, one explains, “It was a super fun experience at Galeries Lafayette to find my perfect shade of red. I picked the very batik case. Love using the lipstick and it’s such a great souvenir.” While another reader agrees that “Guerlain is so luxurious.”
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Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Shiny Red Lipstick
Known for quality and it’s luxe nature, this vibrant red lipstick by Chanel offers intense, long-wearing colour with full coverage and a satin finish. It leaves your lips supple and protected with lasting comfort.
One TFG reader had this red lip color on her special day: “Chanel rouge allure 104 passion is my jam! Wore it on my wedding day (in a white dress,not red)!”
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Chanel Rouge Ultra Hydrating Red Wine Lipstick
Another luxury option by Chanel, is this wine red lipstick which features a hydrating formulation with jojoba and mimosa butters, sunflower wax, and silicone for lasting, luminous results.
Readers love the classy feel that having this popular red lipstick brings to their make up bag, with one saying, “I treat myself to Chanel. It’s just that little luxury item that isn’t a lot of money, but to be able to wear something Chanel is fun.”
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Best Red Lipsticks Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Matte Red Lipstick|
|Maybelline SuperStay Red Lipstick||“Bought a Maybelline super stay ink crayon in Own your Empire and love it! It was inexpensive and is one of my favorites because it stays on for a long time!”||Check Price|
|Stila Stay All Day Best Red Liquid Lipstick||“Stila Beso is another goodie!”||Check Price|
|MAC Matte Red Lipstick With Blue Undertones||“MAC lipstick red in ruby woo for a matte look is so great.”||Check Price|
|MAC Dark Red Lipstick||It's long-wearing, for up to eight hours, with color that’s even, smooth, and true.||Check Price|
|Besame Classic Brick Red Lipstick||“Besame Red Velvet for everyday, Victory Red if I’m feeling sassy. They really knew their reds in the 40’s.”||Check Price|
|Bite Beauty Cayennel Lipstick Reds||“I only buy Bite Beauty for sparkly red lipstick, because it’s food grade and red is notorious for being full of lead, even natural brands.”||Check Price|
|NARS Lipstick Red Velvet Matte||“The most flattering berry red lipstick ever!”.||Check Price|
|Kylie Cosmetics Bold Red Lipstick||“I love Kylie cosmetics, they stay on for ages and have great colors.”||Check Price|
|Red Lipstick Rihanna - Fenty Beauty||The lip defining wand makes applying it a breeze. Plus, readers love that Fenty products are 100% cruelty free.||Check Price|
|YSL Dark Burgundy Lipstick||Made with 65% oils, this Yves Saint Laurent Rouge hot red lipstick provides a pop of color, smoothness and all day wearability.||Check Price|
|Givenchy Le Rouge #307 Sheer Red Lipstick||This high end, deep red matte lipstick offers high impact, long-lasting color.||Check Price|
|Best Bright Red Lipsticks|
|Urban Decay Vice Lipstick||This cool red lipstick is full of nourishing ingredients too, including; aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils to soften lips. And vitamin C and vitamin E to give a hit of antioxidants.||Check Price|
|Guerlain Red Lipstick||"Love using the lipstick and it's such a great souvenir.”||Check Price|
|Chanel Red Lipstick||“Chanel rouge allure 104 passion is my jam! Wore it on my wedding day (in a white dress,not red)!”||Check Price|
|Chanel Red Lipstick||It's just that little luxury item that isn't a lot of money, but to be able to wear something Chanel is fun.”||Check Price|
How to Wear Red Lipstick Makeup Looks
Cherry red lipstick is a makeup bag staple that every girl should own. It’s a classic style that instantly dresses up any outfit, great for when traveling with a capsule wardrobe and you want to make your look instantly fancier. Heels and glossy red lipstick can transform the same outfit you wore in the day to sightsee with lip balm and flats, to an elegant evening style. Or paring a soft red lipstick with “barely there” eye makeup can create a more pared down day look, too!
Best Red Lipstick for Fair Skin
For fairer toned skin, look for a blue based red lipstick, it makes skin more vibrant and brightened. Keep the rest of the make up look simple, avoid over contouring and highlighting. You also don’t need heavy eye makeup with red lipstick either.
Best Red Lipstick on Medium Complexions
Fiery orange red lipsticks will help to clear any sallow tones in a warmer complexion. Medium skin tones can pull off the most intense ruby red lipstick shades and can create a classic look with just a sweep of mascara. Great for when traveling with a capsule makeup bag.
Best Red Lipstick for Olive Skin
An orange-infused red shade suits an olive skin tone. You can also go for a dark berry lipstick to mix it up a little. This brings out the best glow for your complexion.
Best Red Lipstick on Dark Skin
Darker skin tones can take a lot of pigment, so a strong color will look great. A maroon lipstick enhances the tone of the complexion. You can also opt for an orange toned shade too. A brown lip liner can alter the color of your existing shade of red lipsticks, to create a different look to suit your coloring.
Preparing Toiletries for Travel
Though you may not have to downsize your lipstick for a trip, your other toiletries are another matter!
While It certainly can be daunting to plan ahead which toiletries you will need and which to leave behind, there are methods for making sure you have the essentials and also follow TSA guidelines while saving space. Start with the video below on how to resize toiletries to pack them more efficiently.
Watch this video to learn how to downsize your toiletries for travel!
For more help, you can also download our Ultimate Packing Guide for Toiletries. It’s FREE! You can click here or click the image below to open the editable file.
The list features unique categories to help you pack for your trip efficiently. It includes all the items listed in various categories and has spaces where you can fill in your own information.
With this guide, you can:
- Write in an item’s weight (lighter items means less overall baggage weight).
- Note if you need to purchase something or if you already own it.
- Organize where you’ll pack each item including suggested packing organizers like these.
Now that you have some hydration-rich products to choose from to protect against extreme dryness and any skin concerns during long haul flights use some tips on how to downsize your toiletries, and remember that not just your face deserves an airplane mini-spa, your hands and eyes do too!
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What do you think are the best red lipstick looks? Share yours below!
For more makeup ideas for travel, please read:
- What’s the Best Long Lasting Lipstick for Travel?
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- 10 Airplane Beauty Tips: How to Look Good After a Long Haul Flight
- The 10 Best Long-Lasting Concealers for Travel
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