You say you can't wear red lipstick? You're wrong: red lipstick comes in shapes and forms for everyone. And with the arrival of summer, there's no time like the present to brighten up your lip look.
Here are two well-known, long-lasting, and flattering shades guaranteed to spice up your life:
Clarins Joli Rouge in Cupid Red ($23): This complexion-brightening matte red has a gel-like formula that moisturizes lips – no joke. It’s lip balm and lipstick in one tube, and it stays put.
Lancôme Le Rouge Absolu in Ruby Silk ($26): A dark rose-tinged red that will satisfy any lover of color. The color stays put with absolutely no feathering or bleeding, but if you’re scent sensitive, the smell of this lipstick could be offputting.
And three others that are more off the beaten path, but definitely worth scoping out:
Kryolan Professional LipStick in LF101 ($9.50): This fire-engine red comes from a German company that’s been working with theater, movie, and television professionals for over half a century. Check out the line at Ricky’s, if you’re in NYC, or online.
VMV Hypoallergenics Lipped Crème ($21) and Lip Bliss ($23): This line might be the best thing you’ve never heard of, especially if you have sensitive lips and skin. VMV has been around for almost 20 years and strives to create cosmetics that are both easy to wear and beneficial for the skin. Try the Lip Bliss in dramatic, pink-red Runway or the more sheer Lipped Crème in the universally flattering Cranberry Cobbler, which goes cherry-juice pink on the lips.