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Best Red Lipsticks

best red lipsticks

Best red lipsticks ranging from the iconic, “Fire and Ice” from Revlon to more recent brands such as Besame bringing back vintage reds.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to wake up the face and pull a look together, regardless of what you’re wearing, is to put on a red lip. Red lipstick never goes out of style.  

These are my favorite red lipsticks in no particular order.  They have a few things in common.  All have a satin finish, none are matte.  All are comfortable to wear and non-drying on the lips.  I also prefer blue-based shades which make the teeth look whiter.  Yellow-based lipsticks have a yellowing effect on the teeth.  It’s something to keep in mind when choosing reds and it’s always a good idea to sample red shades in the store when you can.

Revlon Fire and ice best red lipsticks
The original ad for Fire and Ice from 1952 featuring model Dorian Leigh.
fire and ice revlon

Revlon Fire & Ice – Created in 1952, this bright tomato-red lipstick shade is still sold today.  It instantly makes me look alive.  It’s been a favorite of mine for years.  Available in drugstores everywhere. 

Mac brick-o-la red lipstick

MAC Brick-o-la – A brick red shade as the name suggests and a good alternative to bright reds.  Available at MAC

Dior rouge best red lips

Rouge Dior 999 Red – Rouge Dior lipsticks have been around since 1955 and are known for classic reds.  This shade reminds me of a crayon as it is a real red.  Available at department stores

cherry lush tom ford best red lips

Tom Ford Cherry Lush – A perfect example of a blue-based red.  It’s exquisite.  Lipsticks with a blue undertone make teeth look whiter. Available at department stores

besame red lips 1935

Besame 1935 Cherry Red – A replica of a vintage red shade from 1935.  Not only is the entire color range of Besame lipsticks divine, but they are also incredibly comfortable to wear.  Their formulas contain squalane, vitamin C, and aloe.  Available at online.

cherries in the snow best red lips
cherries in the snow best red lips

Revlon Cherries In The Snow – Brothers Charles and Joseph Revson and chemist, Charles Lachman (the ‘L’ in Revlon) created a nail polish during the Great Depression and Revlon was born.  Later, their marketing plan focused on matching lipsticks and nail polish (“lips and tips”).  In 1953, Cherries In The Snow was released as a set and both are still sold today.  It’s a blue-based, bright pink-red shade and perfectly named.  I have also read that this was Sylvia Plath’s favorite lipstick.  Available at drugstores

What is your favorite red lipstick?

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