When I think of must have makeup products, one of the first things that comes to mind is: RED LIPSTICK. No makeup bag is complete without at least one!

Now we all know how amazing wearing red lipstick feels. I mean, the most iconic women wear red lipstick for a reason! It makes you feel empowered. Classic. Sexy. You feel like a damn rockstar! But finding the right shade of red lipstick is a whooolle different story. That’s why I asked some of the most sought after industry players to give you their go-to red lipstick shades! From fashion models to celebrity makeup artists, for redheads and different skin complexions— get what products these guys absolutely swear by!!!

For Blondes

When looking for the right texture and pigmentation, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams puts her trust in these brands:

Dolce and Gabbana Matte Lipstick #619

CoverGirl Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Red Siren

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Cherry

Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Vie D’enfer


For Redheads

Makeup artist Katey Denno looks for colors that don’t clash with her hair color:

BITE beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Pomegranate

Ilia Beauty in Bang Bang (which I generally mix with Neon Angel) : 

Kjaer Weis Lip Tint Compact in Lover’s Choice


For Brunettes

Makeup artist Rob Scheppy loves using these three colors on Kim Kardashian:

MAC Cosmetics in Ruby Woo

Tom Ford in Scarlet Rouge

YSL in Rouge Pur Couture Rose Crazy


For Dark Complexion

For a radiant and bold look, model Jodie Smith swears by:

NARS in Scarlet Empress

NARS in Fire Down Below

DIOR Rouge in Dior 999


For Medium Complexion

For that natural, contrast glow, makeup artist Liset is obsessed with:

MAC Cosmetics in Russian Red

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Matte Infrared (True Red)

Nars in Jungle Red


For Light to Olive Complexion

For a dramatic balance, Hinako is a fan of these three brands:

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in #38

Tom Ford Lip Color in #16 Scarlet Rouge


So there you have it from all the pros industry! Use this as your cheat sheet for finding your perfect red.





(image via lillypebbles)