The Best Red Lipsticks For Every Budget!

Karen Alfonso , 02 Apr 2014
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For some, it is the ultimate weapon of seduction. For others, it is an instant pick-me-up. Red lipstick is something that is owned by almost every woman. Personally, I own about 4 red lipsticks, one can never have enough!

The first known users of red lipstick were the early Egyptians. The upper classes, clergy and royals would paint their lips with this bright hue that often contained poisonous substances. Red lipstick soon received resurgence in the 16th century, with Queen Elizabeth I often wearing it while powdering her face white. However, the preference of the colour wasn’t limited to just the royals; it became the choice of prostitutes. With the arrival of the Industrial Revolution, the red lipstick came into favour again. Soon ’20s Hollywood started sporting the hue on screen. Later, Marilyn Monroe and other actresses of her time propagated bold red lips. Now, red lips are an inseparable part of our beauty kit. Check out 10 red lipsticks for every budget.

Lakme Absolute Red Carpet Red, ₹ 650/-
Lakme Absolute Red Carpet Red

Sabyasachi’s LFW Grand Finale collection winter/festive 2014 was centered around the red lipstick. Available for ₹650.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - Certainly Red, ₹ 550/-
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Certainly Red

Stop traffic with Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipstick that glides on with just a swipe. Available for ₹550.

Bobbi Brown:
Bobbi Brown in Red 2, ₹ 1390/-
Bobbi Brown in Red 2

We love Bobbi Brown’s Red 2 that gives you instant Hollywood glam. Available at the Bobbi Brown flagship store in Delhi for ₹1390.

The Body Shop:
The Body Shop for Colour Crush Matt Lipstick in Red Siren, ₹ 795/-
The Body Shop for Colour Crush Matt Lipstick in Red Siren,

Containing marula oil, known for its moisturising properties and a subtle rose scent makes this lipstick a must-have. Available for ₹795.

Colour Riche Matte Mania in Perfect Red, ₹ 825/-
Colour Riche Matte Mania in Perfect Red

If we ever want a pick-me-up, this vibrant shade would be it. L’Oreal’s Perfect Red is something we all want to have our paws on. Available for ₹825.

Maybelline Bold Matte in Mat 4, ₹ 375/-
Maybelline Bold Matte in Mat 4

The price is unbeatable and the moisturizing properties make it a clear winner. Available at all Maybelline counters for ₹375.

MAC Ruby Woo, ₹ 990/-
MAC Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo by MAC is a universal favourite and is known to flatter every skin tone. Almost every girl in TeamMissMalini owns it! Available at all MAC stores for ₹1190.

Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 Ready To Wear Party Red, ₹ 1300/-
Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 Ready To Wear Party Red

With SPF 15, this Clinique lipstick works double duty – colour and protection. Available for ₹1300.

Inglot, ₹ 850/-

Want to wear a darker hue of red? Snap up Inglot’s for ₹850.

Chanel Rouge Allure 317 La Précieuse, ₹ 2100/-
Chanel Rouge Allure 317 La Précieuse

Who doesn’t want to wear some Chanel on their lips? Available at Chanel beauty stores for ₹2100.

Marks & Spencers:
 Autograph Colour Intense Matte Lipstick in Mulberry, ₹ 999/-
Autograph Colour Intense Matte Lipstick in Mulberry,

Vamp up with a touch of berry from Marks & Spencers. Available for ₹999.

Lancôme - L’Absolue Rouge
Lancôme – L’Absolue Rouge

Containing Pro-Xylane™, a powerful molecule that creates fuller and smoother lips makes us Lancôme – L’Absolue Rouge a best-seller. Available for ₹ 1750.

How to wear red lipstick by Stafford Braganza – National Makeup Artist- Lancôme. India

1. Lipstick will stay on longer and will not bleed if the whole lip is filled-in with lip liner.
2. To make lips look smaller, follow the inside of the natural lip line.
3. Use a touch of gloss in the middle of the lips to create the look of a fuller lip.
4. Darker lipstick makes lips look smaller – if you have thin lips stay away from dark colours.
5. Lipstick colour should match skin tone in intensity. For example, darker complexions can wear darker tones and lighter complexions look better in lighter tones.
6. Neutral shades match all skin tones.
7. Daytime lip color should be a little lighter.
8. Finish your lipstick application with applying concealer around the mouth to give it a clean look.
Note: Matte is the longest lasting lipstick, but it can dry the lips.

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