Let’s Paint The Town Red: My Red Lipsticks

Many people are intimidated by the colour red. Some love it, some shy away from it. I never wore bright red lips before I started the blog and I admit, the first time felt scary yet liberating. I have since accumulated some reds, from sheer to bold, from warm reds to darker reds. There are still a few reds I want because let me tell you one thing. Once you’ve started wearing red, you can’t stop.



If you are unsure about wearing red lips, I suggest going sheer. Start off with something super easy to wear, then slowly make your way up to bolder shades. I have a few affordable ones for you here. Chunky Cherry Clinique Chubby Stick is the sheerest for a tint of red, then Cherry Tart for almost there but not so opaque red. Both are flattering because they are a little glossy. Then comes the va va voom Really Red which is matte but can also toned down to a beautiful stain.


red1 swatch


If you prefer something more decadent and luxurious, then you can try out some of these babes here.




Lunasol and Guerlain Shine Automatique are very easy to wear because they are balmy in texture and can be easily sheered out. No matter how many layers you wear, they don’t turn fully opaque. Red Beige is definitely a transition colour for those who shy away from reds, and Lou-Ling is a berry shade. When worn as a stain, it looks more pink but after layering it on, it looks like a brighter red. Rouge Dior is one of my favourite lipstick formulas and Guipure is a warm brownish red. Estee Lauder Cherry Passion is a very pigmented bold red not for the faint hearted.


red2 swatch


Then comes the liquid formula. I don’t have many, but I love these 2 to death. Guerlain L’Extrait in Luxure is by far my favourite red and Shiseido Laquer Rouge in Nocturne is a darker version – more like a blood red that is very sexy.


red3 red3 swatch


Does any of these catch your attention? Do you wear red lips often? I am eyeing a few, namely Shiseido Dragon and the dark red gloss from Charlotte Tilbury’s Vampy collection. What’s your favourite red?


xoxo Lily