Weekly Beauty Challenge: Favorite Red Lipstick

Okay, okay, I know what you're thinking: "Candace, it is hot as the dickens outside, who in the world is thinking about lipstick?" Well, I am (I work at a beauty company, what do you want from me?) Because July 4th is rapidly approaching, and I always rock the "Red" in "Red, White & Blue" with a bold (and patriotic!) lip.


So for this week's Beauty Challenge, I want you to rep for your rouge: What's your favorite red lipstick? (Am I the only one who wears red lipstick on July 4th? I can't be the only one, right?) And because I love you and I know you mean well, if you name a brand Sephora doesn't carry, I won't hold it against you. Much.


Show & Tell in the comments below!


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Shop red lipsticks: http://seph.me/19PhsyB 


Oh man...I have a makeup drawer dedicated JUST to red lipsticks. Hot or cold I don't think I can go more than a few days without rocking a red. 


My favorites are:


Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Love in Outlaw

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate

Kat Von D's Painted Love Lipstick in Adora 


Hourglass Opaque Liquid lipstick in Icon!! Beautiful Red and that stays all day!! I wear for special occasions cause it can be a bit much for me! I took this photo when i first got it!


@Janine - omg I need a photo RIGHT NOW. (Or when you get home Smiley Happy). That sounds amazing!


@arielaaaaaa - That's the same color the girl is wearing on the bottom left (kissy face)! You have excellent taste (and it looks great on you)!

I don't know what my favorite is but I have SO many that Iove....


Lancome Color Design 'Red Stiletto' which sadly I think is no longer available! 



Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in "Provacteur"


Buxom - Full Bodied Lipstick


MUFE Rouge Artist Intense "#43 Moulin Rouge"


MAKE UP FOR EVER - Rouge Artist Intense


and of course.. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in "Cruella"

NARS - Velvet Matte Lip Pencil


Thanks @Candacebt! Another Red i like is the Korres Mango Butter lipstick in Coral. It's a pretty bright red lipstick on me! Great for summer cause it's so moisturizing and light!

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The only red I have found so far that looks pretty good on me is Clinique's Intense Chubby Stick in Chunky Chili.

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I don't have a ton of experience wearing red, I've always felt like I wasn't bold enough or something.  But now I'm like eff that and I went to Sephora to have them teach me how to do the red thing.  I came away from that with two Too Faced products.  Their "perfect red" lip liner and their "stiletto red" lipstick.  I wear red all the time now, it's not super appropriate for my job so I just put it on when I get home.


Question about reds: I feel like they get on my teeth more than any other lipstick (though most lipsticks get on my teeth to some degree).  Do you have any tips to keep my teeth free of lipstick? (I already do the thing where you put your index finger in your mouth and pull it out)  Thanks for any advice.

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio (true red, looks good on everyone). Even if applied by itself it stays on well since it has a matte finish, but I line and then fill in with a nude lipliner to give the lipstick something to stick to (to improve the wear time).


@Meg82 Good tricks for keeping red lipstick in place (besides choosing matte finishes and using a nude lipliner, concealer/ foundation or lip primer all over first) would be of course to blot with a tissue, and then reapply. Using a lip brush may help, a lot of artists like to work from the center of the lip out to avoid unnatural looking lines. Maybe you are using too much product? You can also blot and then cover the lips with a tissue and dust a translucent powder to set, and then reapply a little.


I also recommend starting from scratch if you really need another application (and not just a touch up...say for your evening look or after lunch)...eye makeup remover tends to work well to remove long-wearing lipsticks, and you'll get a smoother application if you don't keep layering and layering.


Also not related to keeping the lipstick off your teeth, but just for a clean line overall, take a q-tip with either concealer or translucent powder and then go around the lipline (after finishing your lipstick application)...this works well to prevent bleeding.


Ooooo lala arielaaaaaaa looks so pretty Smiley Happy

@makeupmaven that is great information!  thank you so much!

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Nars Red Lizard of course!!

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And yes I will be wearing it for the 4th Smiley Happy

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I love Bite Beauty's Pomegranate shade!


~We are all beautiful~

These are all gorg shades! I feel a case of enabling coming on...


And great tips, @makeupmaven! The apply / blot / apply / powder method is a little time consuming, but works!


I also used Too Faced Lip Insurance, which makes sure your color doesn't budge!





You're welcome, glad that helped!


@candacebt Lip Insurance can also be used under gloss, which is awesome (and doesn't change the color of your lips the way concealer or other lip primers do).

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I love reds!


  • Chanel Rouge Allure- Pirate
  • Lancome Rouge in Love- Rouge Saint Honore
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Intense- Chunkiest Chili
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Intense- Mightiest Maraschino
  • MAC Lipglass- Venetian
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Wow- Nars Velvet Matte pencil in Cruella, Bite High Pigment Matte pencil in Pomegranate or MUFE in #42.  



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I'm still a bit skittish with red lip products, but I do love Kat Von D's Adora lipstick!  I need to get a full size of it since I used up my mini version of it.

@arielaaaaaaaa- That red looks gorgeous on you!

I only have one true favorite that is Dior's Diorific Lipstick in #39 Ladyth[1].jpg

My fave reds that Sephora carries :-)


guerlain rouge d enfer


nars manhunt


d & g iconic


nars cruella


I also like guerlain coque d'or...its more reddish orange or orange red?! I was wearing it today and it is a very nice summertime red!

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NARS Cruella seems to be a crowd fave! I must try.


@beautylovingirl - only one, huh? I appreciate your conviction Smiley Wink.

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Red is my signature lipstick shade!


My favorite red lipsticks:

  • Nars Satin Lip Pencil - Gloshan
  • Nars Pure Matte Lipstick - Amsterdam
  • Shiseido Lacquer Rouge - RD607 Nocturne
  • Lipstick Queen - Medieval
  • Julie Hewett - Gem Noir
  • Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick - Adventurous Red

The two lipsticks I use the most (aka almost everyday) are Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Gloshan and Lipstick Queen's Medieval Lipstick.  


@candacebt - do you know what lipsticks the models are wearing in the picture you posted?

@lmi82 - Indeed I do Smiley Happy


Top Left: Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 9 Rouge Laque - http://seph.me/1cMNreS


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Top Right: NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave - http://seph.me/12EjA2l

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Bottom Left: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon - http://seph.me/16M3A2N

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Bottom Right was a limited edition Smashbox Legendary lipstick, but this is a good dupe: Smashbox Love Me Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary - http://seph.me/16M3I2q


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We had fun trying. hahaha Smiley Wink


Aniston wearing - MAC girl about town

I'm wearing - MAC russian red


(I wanted to post MAC -Ririwoo but it looked too pretty to even try on yet.)



@ellevee09 - ACK! How cute are you guys?! Love it!

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I've tried others; Estee Lauder, Guerlain, YSL, and gave up. There is nothing better than Chanel's "Coco Red" at being the longest lasting, most hydrating, and most bold/opaque color.


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Dior Addict Lipstick in New Look Smiley Very Happy

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 i really love this matte lipstick by Nars

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