Beauty

The Red Lipstick Guide

April 22, 2016

What’s not to love about a red lip? Its a classic that can instantly transform your entire look – especially when it comes to going from day to night. “Red doesn’t have to be intense, you can apply it as sheer or opaque as you desire,” says legendary makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, who has her own cosmetics collection, Sonia Kashuk Beauty. “The key is to keep the look fresh and pretty, not too overdone.”

We rounded up our favorite red lipstick shades and their perfect spring pairings, plus a few tips for mastering the red lip from Sonia.
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Shop Now: Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color in Classic Red
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Shop Now: Oleta Off the Shoulder Dress

Oleta Off the Shoulder Dress + Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color in Classic Red


If you want to embrace the matchy-matchy look, the key is keeping the rest of your look soft and don’t worry about an exact shade match. Sonia's tip: Try pairing the color-matched pout with basic neutrals so the focus is purely on the lip.
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Shop Now: Edelia Twist Bandeau Dress
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Shop Now: Chanel Rouge Allure in Coromandel

Edelia Bandeau Twist Dress + Chanel Rouge Allure in Coromandel

If you want a cherry red with staying power for a night out, make sure this is in your clutch.
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Shop Now: Bobbi Brown Art Stick
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Shop Now: Everglade Peplum Jacket

Everglade Peplum Jacket +
Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Sunset Orange


“Bobbi Brown’s Art Stick in Sunset Orange is favorite lipstick shade – it’s the perfect orange-red. I love pairing it with bronzed cheeks, a dewy, clean eye and long, defined lashes.” – VSB
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Shop Now: South Beach Sleeveless Sweater
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Shop Now: Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush

South Beach Sleeveless Sweater + Tom Ford Lip Color Cherry Lush

Super creamy with just a hint of shimmer, this buildable red is meant for every day.
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Shop Now: NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red
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Shop Now: Orchid Upcollar Dickey Jacket

Orchid Upcollar Dickey Jacket + NARS Jungle Red

“I love experimenting with my lip color, from deep bordeaux reds to bright, poppy corals. When I’m going for a rich, classic red lip I grab NARS Jungle Red.” – VMB
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Shop Now: Yadira Romper
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Shop Now: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion

Yadira Romper + Esteé Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion in Lethal Red

A gloss-meets-stain hybrid that stays put and feels fresh.

Sonia’s Red Lipstick How To


1. Start by applying a thin layer of foundation to the lip line to smooth out wrinkles and fill in the lines creating the perfect base for application.

2. Line lips with a coordinating red liner, like my Lip Definer in True Red, to prevent feathering.

3. Use the same liner to fill in your lips completely, creating a matte base for the lipstick to grab on to.

4. Apply your lip color with a lip brush for more control and play with the intensity of the color until you achieve a shade you are comfortable with.

5. Keep the edges soft by using your finger or a tissue to blur the outer lip line.