In the beauty world, there are few looks more timeless or versatile than a classic red lip.
It’s a quick-fix for those blah days, the cosmetic equivalent of a statement earring, and if it were an outfit it would most definitely be the trusty jeans and a nice top combo. Simple, quick and effective.
There’s also something so old-school and nostalgic about picking one shade of lippie and committing to it for a lifetime, well… realistically a couple of months max. While it’s something your nana and the movie stars of the 50s and 60s (think Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor) would definitely approve of, with so many shade options now, how on earth do you choose?
For a boost of inspiration we’ve collated seven of our favourite, rouge-wearing ladies and their lippie of choice. Happy scrolling.
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1. Naomi Watts
Speaking to Into The Gloss, the Aussie actress said Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($39) was her favourite, which is no surprise because the lippie has achieved cult-status due to its long-lasting formula and easy pencil-application.
The shade Dragon Girl also happens to be a great pink-based red, that fades into a bold magenta colour after a few hours of wear - perfect for pale blondes, like Naomi.
2. Dita Von Teese
An indisputable queen of red lipstick, the burlesque dancer has made the look synonymous with her coiffed hair and vintage lingerie. Naturally she has multiple red lippies in her arsenal but told Vogue UK that her tried and true favourite is M.A.C Lipstick in Russian Red ($36).
"That one just stays on forever," she says.
Speaking to Byrdie, she said that while there's definitely a difference between a high end $30+ tube of lippie, and a cheapo equivalent - lip liner is a way around that. She lists M.A.C Lip Pencil in Cherry ($30) as a hero product, but according to the Internet, NYX's Retractable Lip Liner in Red ($9.95) is a great budget dupe.