My Favourite Reds

I love red lipstick but I suppose wearing it is not without consequences: sometimes you run the risk of being branded a harlot by mothers in their 40s when dining in a family restaurant. It is a colour that requires boldness, a necessary shift in attitude, and hinges on a precise application with a good lip brush if it is to be worn at all. The basic principle? If you think you can pull it off, you can, and if you think you can’t, you can’t. Confidence is as important as disregarding the fear of what everyone might think of the scarlet on your lips.

My favourite red is Burberry’s Ruby Lipstick: it’s a bright, cool-toned red with a satin finish that’s moisturising and comfortable to wear. With its exorbitant price tag, it should be just sayin’. In my FOTD, I layered Ruby with a bit of clear gloss mixed with MAC’s Melon pigment just to see what it looked like – red and gold is always a beautiful combo whether you celebrate Christmas or not, oui? ;D In my Spring Break Beauty Essentials post, I listed Covergirl’s Liquiline Blast as the best tool for a minimalist’s smokey eye. My FOTD is proof of that lol – my eye make-up only consists of two eyeliners, Liquiline Blast in Brown Blaze and SAVVY’s Soft Glide eyeliner in Glitzy Gold, all smudged out with the brush end of the Liquiline Blast. Brown eyeliner is often overlooked but I think it’s dreamier and beautiful against our Asian eyes. With strong, carefully filled-in lips, it’s always nice to keep the eyes soft, imperfect and almost romantic maybe? It’s an entirely different mood from my Summertime Sadness FOTD, for example, with my dramatic black eyeliner and dark lips. That look also features another Burberry Lipstick, Brick Red, a deeper red with brown undertones so check out that FOTD if you want a comparison against Ruby!

I haven’t found a drugstore alternative to Burberry’s Ruby yet but I do love Kate Moss x Rimmel’s lipstick in 001, seen above in the first photo. That photo used to be my twitter profile picture and I always, always get asked what lipstick I have on in it! 001 is a similar blue-toned red that’s about 2 shades darker than Ruby. It’s the perfect crimson actually and at a fantastic price point (AUD$9 on ASOS), it’s a lipstick every red lipstick fiend should get.

And if you’re new to red lipstick and want a sorta stepping stone before investing in a full blown red-red, might I suggest Revlon’s Lip Butter in Candy Apple? I’m wearing it in the second photo and it’s a non-threatening coral red that works well as an everyday lipstick. Unfortunately, it’s not available in Singapore but you can easily get it off Drugstore.com. There’s also Cherry Red, another Revlon Lip Butter shade you can find in Singapore. It’s a more muted, shimmery red but if I am to be really honest with you, I don’t like it as much – the shimmery Lip Butter shades are more drying and feel very gritty on the lips after 1-2 hours of wear so I’d stay away and stick with the non-shimmer ones.

I’m always looking out for new reds to try so please let me know in the comments what your favourite red lipstick is! ;)

p.s: the last two images were stolen off my Instagram (@ilyana) account, I usually post my FOTDs there if I don’t have time to take a snapshot with my camera – come say hi! x

Share this:

Comments
15 Responses to “My Favourite Reds”
  1. anisa says:

    It looks lovely on you. I love a good red lipstick sometimes i wake up in the morning and know its a red lipstick kind of day so pull out a good red. I never used to wear a red lip but think it looks great on me now.

    reply

    ilyana's reply:

    Thank you Anisa! Any sorta day that makes you feel like you have to put on red lipstick is promising already, don’t you think? ;D Do you have a favourite red you like?

    reply

  2. faiz says:

    I’m still looking for a red lipstick which I’d be comfortable with!

    Btw, looking gorgeous as usual! ;)

    reply

    ilyana's reply:

    Thanks Faiz :) you should really check out Revlon’s Candy Apple, it would be good for anyone new to red lipstick. Alternatively, you could also try dabbling into lipstains ;)

    reply

  3. Amanda says:

    So pretty!! I prefer matte finishes lately, and ditched eyeliner for eyeshadow and blush (the latter two only appeared on my face this year)

    Oh I just ordered Rimmel’s Tantrum off ASOS! Wasn’t too comfortable with a burgundy red like the one above and Tantrum seemed more crimson from the swatch. I have a very useless lipstick though, Topshop’s Rumor Has It which was raved by EVERYONE. When I tried it on (after buying), I realized it was the EXACT same color as my lips.

    reply

    ilyana's reply:

    I swear 01 is more red than burgundy lol! Tantrum seems like a beauty tho, I just googled it and I like that it’s more pink-toned? I have never tried Topshop’s lipstick line to be honest, how does it compare with the other drugstore lipsticks?

    reply

  4. Catherine says:

    OMG GIRL red is hawt on you!!!! I particularly love that Kate Moss one, it is stunning! Also freaking love Brick Red on you. I tried it on in-store but it didn’t look half so good on me… ;_; Ruby is gorgeous!! I haven’t pulled the trigger on that one yet, idk, I ended up getting Deep Burgundy the time I tried those three on, I think I might be just a tad too yellow for Ruby. I have the Rosy Red lip mist (though I can’t find it at the moment!!! D: D: D:) and I really love that one. It’s such a gorgeous trainer red haha but it’s really a sheerer buildable RED and doesn’t pull pink or orange.

    BUT. You NEED Military Red. Like OMG. It is my FAVORITE red and it’s matte which is actually very cool. I actually like it best when I put it OVER Le Metier’s Coral Confection lipgloss because that gives it a regular shiny lipstick texture without changing the color. And it’s surprisingly easy – I just slick on both from the tube and then touch up the edges with Burberry’s Brick red pencil and then a leetle bit more Military Red. I’m wearing it in my current Twitter/FB photo and it is AWESOME. I think it would be fab on you! And the best thing about it is that it’s not drying!! You know how stupid dry my lips are and I can totally wear Military Red all day! Unlike some other brands (coughNARScough) where my lips peel off within an hour. Actually I never though I’d ever be able to wear a matte but I am sooooo happy :D

    Also, love the little water droplets for dramatic effect in that first photo lol. :)

    reply

    ilyana's reply:

    I have never tried NARS before, everyone tells me they love it though :( How drying is it for you hon? Military Red is strangely not available here! Is it a lip mist??

    reply

  5. Nadya says:

    Oh my the Kate Moss x Rimmel one is so gorgeous on you! My itchy fingers clicked on the asos link alrdy! HOW. Hehe!
    Btw, my fav red lippy would have to be Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante. Babe, you have got to try it out!! The best! Velvety smooth texture with a matte finish and in deep deep red @.@
    Nadya recently posted OOTD: where’s my letter?

    reply

    ilyana's reply:

    Babe I just checked out La Fascinante last weekend, it’s so pretty!!! But mahal lah so I shall wait for my next flight out of the city and buy it from the duty-free counters ;)

    reply

  6. omg omg akljdfldsj arghhh speechless. I LOVE THAT BURBERRY RED ON YOU. Oh god, it’s gorgeous, I think I want it *sits on hands* I do love that Kate Moss x Rimmel lippie, it’s probably my most worn red. Plus I take it everywhere with me because I love the little signature on the tube hahahah ahhh I am so shallow.

    My favorite red…hmmm well the Kate Moss one is my most worn, but my favorite will forever by Ellis Red. It’s perfection in a tube.
    Makeup Morsels recently posted Senna Gets Sultry This Season with Their Haute Nudes Palette

    reply

    ilyana's reply:

    OMG HOW AWESOME IS THAT KATE MOSS COLOR? It was the best $8 I ever spent lol, it was a really nice surprise. Is Ellis Red a high end lipstick? I’m not familiar with the brand.

    reply

  7. Lagelle says:

    You look amazing in red lips!

    Tye
    http://www.lagelledailydose.blogspot.com
    http://www.facebook.com/Lagellefashions

    reply

    ilyana's reply:

    Thank you so much Lagelle! ;)

    reply

  8. shafah says:

    you look absolutely stunning in the photo! By the way, I’m FOREVER IN LOVE with the Revlon Candy Apple shade you bought for me. I’d brought it along to my European trip, it look damn fabulous in photos and so SO SO moisturising too

    reply

Leave A Comment

CommentLuv badge