If you are going to create a more dramatic look or try a retro style using red lipstick, you are going to need to know which one to buy. Here is a review of our faves.
If you are looking for a lipstick that is long lasting, Mac is the best bet. When I wear it out at night, I still have it on when I wake up in the morning. That's some serious long lasting color. Our choices for Mac red are Ruby Woo and Viva Glam (if you prefer your red with a side of brown. Both $15).
YSL's Rouge Rock is a good choice (though not cheap - $34) if you like a pinkish red.
If you prefer a pencil, try Nars' Cruella velvet tip pencil. It goes on beautifully and easy.
Another liquid lipstick that stays on really, really well is Hourglass' Opaque Liquid Lipstick in Icon ($28). It's an intense blue based red and feels as hydrating as it is.
Make-up Forever is also a good choice if you like a really long lasting lip color. Their Aqua Rouge Iconic Red ($24) was created especially for Madonna, and now it's available to us less famous people. It's a liquid that goes on matte and comes with clear gloss to give it some shine.
Cover Girl's LipPerfection Lipstick in Hot is a good choice for a less expensive bluish undertone.
This red with a bluish base, Snow White by NYX, is a great value as it is as good as some of the more expensive stuff and is on is only $4.
For a bright orange red that works with cool and warm skin tones, try Nars' Heat Wave ($26).
Elf's Rich Red is a marker shape for alternative to the traditional lipstick, but it glides on easily and is also long lasting (a bargain at $3).
A go-to if you aren't sure what shade of red will work best for you is Chanel's Rouge Allure in Pirate ($34). It reads as a true red and works with almost any skin tone.
If you are prepared to really splash out on your red lipstick (not necessary in our opinion), Cherry Lush by Tom Ford is a beautiful berry tone (similar to Revlon's Cherries in the Snow below) with a matte finish and a whopping $49.
This classic Revlon shade, Cherries in the Snow, is more of a raspberry than a true red and one of our favorites. And a good deal at $4.99 compared to Cherry Lush by Tom Ford!
Now that you have more information on red lipstick than you know what to do with, you have no choice - try it. You'll like it.