Ultimate Guide to Red Lipstick

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and what's more romantic than a bold red lip? The finishing touch on a date night look or for Galentine's day drinks with your best friends, we've hand selected the perfect reds for every occasion.

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One of the biggest misconceptions about red lipstick is that you can just swipe it on and run out the door. Many people are intimated by bold reds, and with good reason. If not properly prepped, red lipstick can feather into the tiny lines around your mouth throughout the night leaving you with an undesirable messy look. adequate prep work can be almost as important as the red you choose when it comes to achieving the perfect red lip that you don't have to check on every 5 minutes. 

STEP 1: EXFOLIATION

Nothing is worse than trying to put a gorgeous lipstick on cracked, flaky lips. No, thank you! Before you even start thinking about lipstick, make sure your lips are smooth and flake free by using a lip scrub like Fresh's Sugar Lip Polish. It gently exfoliates and conditions, creating the perfect soft, pillowy canvas for a red lip. 

STEP 2: PRIME AND MOISTURIZE

One you've exfoliated, you're ready to prime and lay down the foundation for your red lip. The Nudestix Blur Pencil acts as the perfect base for lip colors of any formula, the clear balm moisturizes, extends the wear of your lipstick, and will prevent it from feathering outside your lip line. 

STEP 3: CLEAN UP DUTY

Once you've applied the red lipstick of your choice, you'll need to go in and perfect the edges, making sure that your lines are crisp. A concealer like the Nudestix Concealer Pencil allows for precise application right around the borders of your mouth to make your red lip look even more bold, as well as further prevent any bleeding throughout the night. You can rest assured that your lipstick will stay in the lines and not look like a 5 year old's coloring book. 

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NUDESTIX INTENSE MATTE IN ROYAL

$24 USD/$28 CAD

Royal is a true matte red that plays nicely on any skin tone. It falls on the deeper side which means walks on the line of bold red without any hints of orange. The Intense matte formula will stay put through drinks and even dinner with little need to touch up, but remains comfortable and moisturizing on the lips without ever cracking. 

L'OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK IN MATADOR

$10 USD/$12.50 CAD

This drugstore option is a high-pigmented, flexible liquid lip that goes on buttery and remains creamy throughout the night. 

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HUDA BEAUTY LIQUID MATTE IN HEARTBREAKER

$20 USD/$26 CAD

Huda Beauty's Liquid Matte formula goes on like water and dries down completely matte and trasnfer-proof, but manages to not dry your lips out. Heartbreaker is a classic bold red with a slight pink undertone. 

KAT VON D EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK IN NAHZ FUR ATOO

$20 USD/$24 CAD

Nahz Fur Atoo is a Blood Crimson in Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lip formula. It dries down about 2 shade darker than it appears in the tube and applies as a rich, warm red. 

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MARC BEAUTY LE MARC LIP CREME IN GODDESS

$38 cad/$30 USD

Marc Beauty's Goddess is described as a Deep Maraschino cherry red in the brand's creamy, moisturizing formula that keeps your lips looking hydrated throughout the night. 

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Kat Von d STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK IN HEXAGRAM

$19 USD/$23 CAD

Recently reformulated, the new Studded Kiss lipsticks are incredibly creamy and boast a satin/matte formula that's packed with moisture. Hexagram is a stunning blood red that wears comfortably and has burnt undertones.