BEST RED LIPSTICKS FOR ALL SKIN TONES featured by top US beauty blogger Sylvie in the Sky

Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world.

The red lip. A statement lipstick has been my go to makeup both night and day for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I fell in love with the iconic red pouts of Marilyn, Madonna, Cindy, Gwen, and Julia – from glam red carpet dresses to cutoff denim shorts and white tees, I love how these women punched up their looks with a traffic stopping red lip. And while I’m (still) not good at all other kinds of makeup, I feel great about putting on a bold red lipstick before I head out the door. But all red lipsticks aren’t created equal, and shopping for the best red lipsticks for all skin tones can be confusing and time consuming….until now. Today I’m sharing my Beauty Guide on How to Find the Best Red Lipstick for All Skin Tones, with my favorite red lipstick shades for every one. 💄💋

BEST RED LIPSTICKS FOR ALL SKIN TONES featured by top US beauty blogger Sylvie in the Sky



Classic Reds: NARS Cruella, M.A.C Ruby Woo, Rouge Dior 999, Sephora Always Red, Gucci Iconic Red, Lipstick Queen Always Paris, Tom Ford Wild Ginger, Beautycounter Girls’ Night, Lancôme Absolute Rouge, Revlon Fire & Ice


Pink Reds: NARS Dragon Girl, M.A.C Russian Red, Sephora Always Red, NARS Annabella, Rouge Dior 775 Darling

Orange Reds: Buxom Rouge Red, YSL 56 Orange Indie, NARS Geraldine, M.A.C Lady Danger


Winter – Blue Reds: NARS Rita, Tom Ford Ruby Rush, M.A.C Ruby Woo, YSL Rose Crazy, Maybelline Red Revolution, Beautycounter Girls’ Night, Pat McGrath Elson

Summer – Orange Reds: NARS Heatwave, Tom Ford Wild Ginger, M.A.C Strange Journey, Lipstick Queen Red Sinner, Maybelline Red Revivial


Coral, Poppy, and Orange Reds: Laura Mercier Foreplay, NARS Heatwave, Tom Ford Wild Ginger, M.A.C Strange Journey, Lipstick Queen Red Sinner, Maybelline Red Revivial, M.A.C Lady Danger, YSL Beaute Rouge 01 Le Rouge

Brick Reds: NARS Fire Down Below, M.A.C Diva, Charlotte Tillbury Red Carpet Red, Bobbi Brown Burnt Red


Cherry Reds: M.A.C Ruby Woo, M.A.C Lady Danger, Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk, Fenty Beauty Uncensored, Maybelline Superstay Pioneer, Lancôme Absolute Rouge, Rouge Dior 999

Earthy Reds: M.A.C Sin, Bobbi Brown Rose Berry, NARS Shanghai Express, NARS VIP Red


Classic Reds: Make Up Forever 42 Red Vermilion, M.A.C Ruby Woo, Rouge Dior 999, Sephora Always Red, Gucci Iconic Red, Tom Ford Flame, Beautycounter Girls’ Night, Lancôme Absolute Rouge,


Coral, Poppy, and Orange Reds: Laura Mercier Foreplay, NARS Heatwave, Tom Ford Wild Ginger, M.A.C Strange Journey, Lipstick Queen Red Sinner, Maybelline Red Revivial, M.A.C Lady Danger, YSL Beaute Rouge 01 Le Rouge

Deep Reds: Chanel Rouge Coco Etienne, NARS Scarlet Empress, Bobbi Brown BlackBerry, Bobbi Brown Rum Raisin, NARS Valparaiso, M.A.C Sin, M.A.C Diva

BEST RED LIPSTICKS FOR ALL SKIN TONES featured by top US beauty blogger Sylvie in the Sky

Beauty is Life Women’s Lipstick – 16W Hot Red
Pat Mcgrath Labs PAT McGRATH LABS – LuxeTrance Lipstick
Mac Mini Lipstick 1.8g
NARS – Audacious Lipstick – Annabella
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick/0.11 oz.
Mac Long Lasting Bangin’ Brilliant Matte Lipstick, Punk Couture
Beauty is Life Women’s Lipstick – 13W-C Red
Rodin Red Hedy Lipstick
Face Stockholm FACE Stockholm Matte Lipstick
Laura Mercier – Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
RMS Beauty Wild with Desire Lipstick
MAC Satin Lipstick
Cle de Peau Beaute Lipstick
Lipstick Queen – Lipstick – Jungle Queen
Dior – Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick
Bobbi Brown – Luxe Matte Lipstick
Make Beauty Silk Cream Lipstick
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture/0.13 oz.
Rodin Tough Tomato Lipstick
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick
Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick
Lipstick Queen – Silver Screen Lipstick – Have Paris
Dior Rouge Dior Jewel Edition Lipstick
Lipstick Queen – Lipstick – Eden
Bareminerals bareMinerals – Statement Luxe Shine Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Love Matte Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury – Hot Lips Lipstick – Tell Laura
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick
Bite Beauty – Astrology By Bite Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set
La Bouche Rouge Lipstick set
Shiseido – VisionAiry Gel Lipstick
Guerlain KissKiss Matte Lipstick
EVE LOM Tinted Kiss Mix Lip Treatment
butter LONDON Plush Rush Lipstick
stila Stay All Day(R) Shimmer Liquid Lipstick
Hourglass Women’s Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick – Raven
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick
La Bouche Rouge Women’s Lipstick Refill – Chloë 01
Ilia – Tinted Lip Conditioner – Crimson & Clover

BEST RED LIPSTICKS FOR ALL SKIN TONES featured by top US beauty blogger Sylvie in the Sky

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  1. Janine Mandac wrote:

    Oooooooh I love this!

    Posted 2.17.19 Reply
  2. This is such a great post!!! It is so important to get the right red for your skintone! I will share this with my daughters as well.

    Posted 2.16.19 Reply
  3. Kelly McJunkin wrote:

    This was great! I never know what red looks good on me, so I avoid wearing them!I will have to try an orangy red

    Posted 1.22.19 Reply
  4. Great to know! I didn’t even know there was toxic cookware!

    Posted 1.20.19 Reply
  5. Heather wrote:

    It’s so hard to find the right red when you don’t know what you’re looking for. I have a big collection of lipsticks and love all my reds for different reasons. This is a great guide to help gift red to friends!

    Posted 1.19.19 Reply
  6. This list is everything. I definitely need to check some of these out. Thank you 💖💖

    Posted 1.19.19 Reply
  7. I love doing a bold red lip, especially on days where I need a boost! I love how you broken down this list and it’s given me some ideas of what to try next!

    Posted 1.18.19 Reply
  8. Brittany wrote:

    Wow! You really did your research! I love these picks. Red lipstick is my favorite!

    Posted 1.18.19 Reply
  9. Everyone needs to find their perfect red lipstick, it makes the world look better when you face it with a fierce lipstick 🙂

    Posted 1.17.19 Reply
  10. blanca wrote:

    I’ve had such a hard time with red lipstick. I’ve got super werird skin color (I’m latina mixed with european – so I’m light with olive undertones and I don’t tan and on top of that I’ve got big lips, so I feel like krusty the klown with red lipstick on. I’m gonna try some of those shades and see how i do

    Posted 1.17.19 Reply
  11. I loved this post – Sometimes it is so hard to find the right shade of red and your post really helps x

    Posted 1.17.19 Reply
  12. I absolutely love this post and I am always nervous when it comes to wearing a red lipstick. These are great choices and I will most definitely be checking some of them out. Thank you!

    Posted 1.17.19 Reply
  13. maysz wrote:

    I love red lipsticks! All of them are beautiful for me I will totally find this shades 🙂 great photos!

    Posted 1.16.19 Reply
  14. I am a fair skin girl and I have found that reddish brown tones are my best lip shades. I recently tried Beautycounter and I am loving the 9-5 shade!

    Posted 1.16.19 Reply
  15. Kay wrote:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve tried red lipstick but never felt it looked good on me. Maybe I just tried the wrong shade of red. I will try your suggestions

    Posted 1.16.19 Reply
  16. Sundeep wrote:

    This is very detailed guide. Sharing this guide with few friends.

    Posted 1.16.19 Reply
  17. Bindu Thomas wrote:

    I can’t get what my skin tone is. This is something complicated. However I am saving this post for future.

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  18. aisasami wrote:

    What a wonderful guide for lipsticks. I don’t really wear lipsticks but I share this my sister who does.

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  19. Danielle wrote:

    Loving all of these options!! These are so beautiful!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  20. Ada wrote:

    This list is amazing! I need to check out some of these recommendations immediately.

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  21. Nicole wrote:

    This is so helpful! I have pretty fair skin, but with a lot of pink undertones so pinks and lighter reds look really well on me. I’ll have to check some of your suggestions out. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  22. Brandy wrote:

    I’ve always seen girls with red on and never thought it would look right on me. I’ll have to try these tips and give it a try for my skintone.

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  23. Kristen Frolich wrote:

    My skin tone is so hard to shop for. I always get worried wearing a shade that is too dark because I’m afraid it will make me look really pale. I recently darkened my hair, though, so maybe I should try for a darker shade of lipstick too!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  24. KatWalkSF wrote:

    So many great tips my friend! Give me a red lip ASAP!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  25. Dani wrote:

    I love the look of a red lip but in the past have struggled to find the perfect shade. This is a very helpful post. Thank you!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  26. Kristen Frolich wrote:

    I really love these options. I recently dyed my hair a darker color so I think I could definitely pull these choices off. I’m going to have to try them.

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  27. Girl, you had me at red lipstick. I LOVE wearing red lipstick but have definitely found that certain tones just don’t look that great with my skin tone. It’s been a learning curve, but I’m always willing to try new colors!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  28. What a comprehensive guide! Definitely bookmarking this for future use.

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  29. Jolie Starrett wrote:

    Thanks for the suggestions for certain skin tones. I’ll definitely give some of the options a try.

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  30. Irina wrote:

    Wow! I was actually looking for a red lip stain, but I have fair skin, and I was always suspicious, I guess, of orange reds, as I don’t feel they would complement my skin that well. I never new pink reds were an option for my type of skin. I will definitely keep this in mind when going shopping! I think I’ll try the Sephora Always Red!

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  31. So many shades of red to choose from in each category. I will probably need to check my collection to see what shades of reds that I actually have in the make-up bag.

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  32. Lala wrote:

    As new mom I was all over the place and it took quite sometime to master mommy-ism. This is great advice to all new moms still trying to be sexy and try a racy color like red.

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  33. Lala wrote:

    This blog is right on time! I just saw a ad with a dark toned woman and thought to myself no mo mo that’s horrible. Me being dark skinned I would never venture off and wear the color she was wearing. Now I think I will revisit red. Wish me luck.

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  34. Chrystal wrote:

    What a great post. I’ve never figured out which colour red lipstick to use.
    It was either too dark or too bright.

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  35. Alyazia wrote:

    Ok now that’s very helpful, thanks for that I love red lipsticks

    Love the blog

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply