Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Favorite Red Lipsticks

Nothing looks classy than a red lipstick. The sophistication and elegance it brings is timeless. 

Here are my fave reds...

MAC Lipstick  Ruby Woo, $14.50
Who doesn't know this popular red lipstick from MAC? Raved and loved by many from blogs to Youtube. This is a blue-based red.

Beauty UK Lipstick in Naughty, 265php
Loving the minty taste of this lipstick. That's what first got me to try it on. This is an orangey red.

NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red, $24 or 1250php more less at Rustan's
FINISH: Semi Matte
PACKAGING: 2.5/5 (Sturdy yet easily gets dirty!)
This is a brown hued red.

Ever Bilena Lipstick in Love That Red, less than 200php?
You can never go wrong with this brown hued red from Ever Bilena for that dirty cheap price. That's a steal! And yes a matte lipstick from a Philippine local brand. ;)

And if there is a Fave from the Faves... Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in L'Exuberante, $32.50 or 1650php at Rustan's
PACKAGING: 5/5 (Not your usual packaging. Felt like an alien trying to open it when I first got it.)

Packaging is oozing with understated elegance!

I can't say how lux they feel. Sophistication to the finest level. This is a plumy red that feels velvety on the lips. 

Swatches of my faves...

L-R: MAC Ruby Woo, BeautyUK Naughty, NARS Jungle Red, Ever Bilena Love That Red & Chanel L'Exuberante
Now, I don't know why the Chanel lipstick looks hot pink on the photo. :(

Excuse my dirty brazilet, the blue ribbon tied on my wrist. It is a ribbon from Brazil that grants you 3 wishes. You tie it on your wrist and when it wears down naturally, your wishes will come true. I'll be doing a post and giveaway a new one for you lovelies. haha

Steps in rocking that Red Lipstick...

1) Prepare your lips! 

You want your lips to be all smooth and supple before putting on your lipstick. Go ahead and exfoliate first! 

Grab some brown sugar and olive oil, mix and rub on your puckers. Some use the toothbrush and petroleum jelly technique but I'm sure that doesn't taste good. haha Wipe off all that exfoliation and glide on some balm. Let your lips have some beauty rest for a few minutes. Give the balm some time to soak. 

If you're too lazy to concoct a homemade lip scrub, there are various lip scrubs in the market. Mine is the Sara Happ Lip Scrub in Vanilla Bean. Boy how I love that sweet taste and scent! ;)
Sara Happ Lip Scrub in Vanilla Bean, 1450php from Beauty Bar

2) Line your lips. 

Red lipsticks have the tendency to bleed. To prevent this, one popular technique is to line your lips and some also fills it in.

This is my go-to lip liner when I use red lipsticks.
NYX Lip Liner Pencil in 813 Plush Red, 90php from Starmaine Cay

3)Pick the right shade of red.

All skintones can wear red! You just have to find the right shade of red for you. You may want to consider your undertone when picking your perfect red: (1) cool undertones can sport the blue and pink hues of red and (2) warm undertones can play with orange and brown hues of red. Usually ones with blue undertones are those with fair complexion. And the ones with warm undertones have medium to dark complexion. 

If you haven't found the perfect red for you, blending shades of different lipsticks might just work. ;)

4) Tone down all other makeup.

You want your red lips to POP! Now go bare minimum on your makeup. Just defined eyes and lesser blush on the cheeks will go hand-in-hand for making your lips the focal point.

5) And lastly, CONFIDENCE is the key in wearing the classy red lipstick.

Red lipsticks when worn can be overpowering. You should have the right character and poise to flaunt it.

If you've done a not so good job in painting your lips, use a concealer to sharpen and clean the outline of your lips. This technique will also make your red lips pop. ;)

Now you're all set to ROCK those red lips. 

And you Lovelies, what's your fave red? 


Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.
-Gwyneth Paltrow


  1. My current favorite reds are:

    - Models Own Lipstick in Red Wine (bought from you)
    - NYX RLS in Eros
    - NYX SMLC in Amsterdam
    - NYX SMLC in Monte Carlo

    1. HI beautyinbattle! Thanks for dropping by my blog and for remembering something you bought from my shop. haha :)

  2. Yes dear, i was wondering why the Chanel is included because it looks pink to me. hehe :)

    NARS Jungle Red and Ever Bilena Love That Red looks similar?


    1. Hi Keeza! I don't know why it looks like a hot pink on my photos but it is a subtle plumy red. Gotta work on my shots. haha I'm actually thinking of getting a digicam, any suggestions? haha I have a DSLR gifted to me but I don't know how to use it. :( Thanks for dropping by! Visited your blog! ;)

    2. And oh, Ever Bilena Love That Red is a tiny bit darker than NARS Jungle Red. :)

  3. Lovely post!~
    I'm not much of a red lipstick fan (I tend to lean towards the pinks) but on special occasions when I do wear red, I usually use one of the ff favorites:
    NYX SMLC in Monte Carlo, NYX SMLC in Amsterdam, Ever Bilena in Love That Red and NYX RLS in Pure Red. <3

    1. Hi Jana Joshelle! If lip creams were included, I'd pick Monte Carlo too. That's a lovely dark red. :) Thanks for dropping by my blog and hey I watch you on Youtube. ;)

  4. Lovely! Really nice to know na cheap lippy like EB caught your attention Ms.Ana! I do have EB in Scarlet and I am actually wearing it today! Sakto sa post mo! You have all the beautiful shades of lippies from expensive to cheap ones!

  5. Hi Jenny! Yes I do use stuff from local brands given that they work. Thanks to other bloggers who make an effort to review them. I'm widening my horizon. Was actually picking red lipsticks and Ever Bilena Scarlet almost made it too! haha Thanks for dropping by my blog :D

  6. i love red lipstick!!! super! dati hate ko yan kasi feeling ko pang older women lng yan and most people especially yung mga echosero pag red daw mukhang malandi..haha sorry na lang wala silang pambili ng red lipstick! haha my all time faves are: mac ruby woo, mac russian red, nars cruella, nyx hot red and sonia kashuk's rosey nude:)

    1. Hi Menchie! I have yet to try that Sonia Kashuk one. haha In my opinion, no one has the right to judge anyone just by the color of lipstick they're wearing. Thanks for dropping by my blog! ;)

  7. I like MAC Russian Red. I also love red lipstick but hate how difficult it is to apply (can't just swipe it on and be done with it unlike pinks and nudes), so I reserve it for days when I don't have to retouch often. I don't use lip liner, but I apply a thin layer of concealer on my lips before applying red lipstick. It also keeps the color from bleeding, plus it makes the color more vivid.

    1. Hi Aviva! Yes the concealer technique is good too, forgot to mention it here. haha Agree with you that it's quite a hassle to wear. Have to always check on the mirror if the edges are still perfect. Thanks for dropping by my blog! :)

  8. love!!! great post!
    red is definitely timeless!!
    just want to share my favorite red lipsticks at the moment,

    Models Own Hyperbrite in Flaming Red
    Sleek True Color lipstick in Stiletto
    NYX SMLC in Monte Carlo
    NYX Round lipstick in Elektra


    1. Hi Melda! Thanks for dropping by my blog and sharing your fave reds. :)