How To Pick The Perfect Bold Red Lipstick

The Best Bold Red Lipstick

By Courtney Leiva

Nothing says holiday beauty quite like bold red lipstick. And while there are tons of options available for purchase, it may difficult (and overwhelming!) to select the shade (and finish) that perfectly flatters your complexion.

To successfully find your classic red shade though, Jose Rivera, Benefit’s resident Makeup Master recommends first assessing the occasion at which you will wear your bright and bold lip. Doing so, he explains, can help you determine if matte or creamy finishes will properly flatter the beauty look you’ve got in the works.

Glossy Or Matte?

“Cream to gloss finishes equal glamour, and are best worn with short or pinned up hair,” Rivera says. “On the other hand, cream to matte finishes are great for fashion forward looks, and are great for hair worn down, or longer in length.”

That all said, here at TheBeautyBean we’d like to remind you that there are no beauty “rules,” so go with whatever you’re feeling!

How To Pick The Perfect Shade Of Red

Special occasions aside, experts Rivera recommends using your skin tone as a guide to find that perfect red shade. For example, blue-based or raspberry reds are often recommended for fair to light skin tones; fire engine and cherry tones are suggested for medium to tan tones; and burgundy or brick reds are most flattering on women with darker skin tones.

Ready to find your perfect shade of red this holiday season? Here are 10 bold red lipstick options to add to your beauty bag…

Splurge Worthy Bold Red Lipstick…

For a feather-light formula, treat your lips to the matte Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick ($55), which dresses up lips in a luxurious shade of orange-red.

You don’t have to worry about annoying touch ups with Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick In Red Door Red ($25) – the moisturizing blue-red color keeps color in place for a solid 12 hours.

Suitable for those who want a bold and striking finish, the Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick, Raven ($30) gives lips the right amount of color, without drying them out.

If you’re generally a gloss lover, give your pucker brilliant shine and moisture with Lancome SHINE LOVER Vibrant Shine Lipstick, Unconventional ($25).

Prefer a sheer finish for a slightly subtler effect? The Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick, F-Bomb ($22) gives lips a delicious red-orange tint that’s ideal for going from day to night.

Bold Red Lipstick Steals…

Looking for a coral-red matte color that won’t break the bank? Why not try the Mode Cosmetics Hot Love Virgin Matte Areni Noir Lipstick, Hot Love ($12), which gives lips a rich decadent flush of color.

On the hunt for a product that has amazing longevity? Try the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lip Color, Infallible Red ($11.69) gives lips 24 hours (no joke!) of amazing  color.

Love glosses? The Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer, HD Fire Opal ($7.99) definitely satisfies your color lust as this lightweight yet gorgeous lacquer paints lips with irresistible color and shine.

Giving lips a high-shine and silky-smooth finish with the CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick, Succulent Cherry 295 ($7.95). It’s one color that works for every occasion.

If you want something soft and barely-there, try the Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Lip Design Sheer Colour/ Liner Duo, Cherry ($12). It’s the perfect pop of popsicle-like color that’s not only beautiful but also comfortable.