By Amy Anderson
Happy Valentine’s Day (or, as I like to call it, Make-Single-People-Feel-Bad-Day).
Whilst I’m not really one for celebrating, I thought the occasion would mark the perfect opportunity for me to share some of my favourite red lipsticks with you all. Just like every man should own a smart set of cufflinks, I believe every woman should own the perfect red lipstick. Sporting a bold red lip will never go out of fashion and is probably the easiest way to add some Hollywood glamour to your look.
With prices ranging from £4.99 – £36, here’s my top 5 all-time favourites:
Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush – £36
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but, in this case, the luxurious white and gold packaging reflects what’s inside perfectly. At £36 a pop, Tom Ford lipsticks don’t come cheap but they are incredibly long-lasting and comfortable to wear. Enriched with Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil, they are surprisingly moisturising for such a highly pigmented product. Cherry Lush is a bright, blue-toned red which applies evenly and makes your teeth look extra-white. It’s the type of red hue Marilyn Monroe famously adored as wearing it instantly brightens up your entire face. This shade looks fantastic when teamed with glowing skin, black winged eyeliner and lashings of mascara. If I could only wear one red lipstick for the rest of my life (though, that doesn’t even bear thinking about, does it?!) then this would be it!
Tom Ford lipsticks are only available from selected stores, including Harvey Nichols (Edinburgh) and House of Fraser (Glasgow).
Liz Earle Signature Lip Colour in Hibiscus – £14
I’m a big fan of Liz Earle’s skincare but I have to admit I’m not too familiar with her cosmetics line. A good friend of mine gave me one her Signature Lip Colours for Christmas and I instantly fell in love with it. Hibiscus is a sheer glossy red and is really nice for adding a subtle pop of colour to your makeup if you don’t want to go for something overly dramatic. It’s a very wearable colour and the lipstick contains Vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter, which means it is very creamy and applies like a dream. I think this product would be perfect for wearing to work or on a first date as it’s not as in your face as many other red lippies are.
Liz Earle lipsticks can be purchased from http://uk.lizearle.com/
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Heartbreaker – £4.99
Sleek describe this lipstick as a ‘matte coral pink’ on their website but, at least on me, it applies as a bright neon red. I adore this lipstick because it’s a very unique colour that is fun and playful to wear. Heartbreaker is matte in texture and, as a result, can be slightly drying on the lips. However, it’s very long-lasting and bold so I just apply a Chapstick underneath it to ensure my lips remain nice and moisturised. Whilst I usually wear red lipsticks in the evenings, I think this shade is perfect for wearing during the day. I also think it would complement a tan really well during the summer months (not that my milk-bottle-like-self knows much about tanned skin!). Packaging-wise, the bullet is incredibly small and light which makes this product ideal for traveling and taking with you in your handbag on nights out! At only £4.99, this is an absolute steal and I can’t wait to try more colours from the collection.
Sleek lipsticks come in 30 different shades and are available from www.sleekmakeup.com
Armani Rouge d’Armani in 403 – £26.50
Rouge d’Armani are the best-selling lipsticks from Armani and they come in a wide range of both bold and natural colours. My favourite is without a double the 403, a deep cool-toned berry red. This colour is unlike anything else on the market and is perfect for those nights when you really want to stand out. It’s very rich and reminds me of the blood-red lips Mary-Kate Olsen is often spotted wearing. The formula of the Rouge d’Armani lipsticks is very long-wearing (I get can go a good 6 hours before I have to even think about touching them up) but I’d definitely recommend lightly exfoliating your lips before applying them.They also come in a gorgeous, sleek black casing that closes magnetically and is sure to add a bit of luxury to your makeup routine.
Armani lipsticks cost £26.50 and can be purchased from www.armanibeauty.co.uk or Harvey Nichols (Edinburgh)
Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet – £7.99
Revlon Lip Butters have already gained cult status in the beauty blogging world so I won’t bore you by repeating what you probably already know about them. Bottom line, they are AMAZING. I’m in love with their glossy finish and balm-like texture and my favourite one has to be Red Velvet, a vampy red that is perfect for a hot date or night on the town with the girls – I love teaming this shade with gold eye shadow and a little black dress! This colour can be built up or muted down which makes it very versatile – you can even layer it over a matte lipstick (such as Rouge d’Armani 403!) to add a glossy sheen without the stickiness. I wore the hell out of this lippie over Christmas as my lips were so dry and I needed something that would protect them but still look good. I can’t wait to try out some of the softer shades this spring!
Revlon Lip Butters currently come in over different 20 shades and are available from www.boots.com
What’s your favourite red lipstick? Leave me a comment below or tweet us @Scotcampus