Stores are draped in red, aisles are stocked with candy, and TVs are airing diamond commercials—yes, Valentine’s Day is nearly here. While you still may be figuring out who to spend the night with, we want to make sure you have one thing settled—how to have kissable, red lips. Red lipstick: some women are intimidated by its boldness, but, boy, can it deliver a punch. Check out this roundup of perfect reds and application tips for the sexiest lips ever. Now, you just need to figure who will receive your smooches.
The allure of red lips is nothing new. Ancient Egyptian women used red tint on their lips to look and feel devastatingly beautiful. For a totally modern twist, try Serge Lutens The Ultimate Red Collection: Lip Palette ($160). The palette includes four carefully selected shades for you to pick, choose, and blend. Formulated with a high wax-melting point, you can rest assure that the color will stay put without smudging.
Available in 24 creamy, moisturizing shades, Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Colour SPF 18 ($6.79) is perfect for a romantic picnic during the day that ends up with dancing all night. Featuring hyaluronic acid, collagen, and vitamins A, C, and E to nourish lips, this lipstick delivers bold color without sacrificing hydration. And with so many shade options, experiment with an intense red to create a high contrast.
Application of red lipstick requires a steady and unhurried hand. No one rocks the crazy cat lady look. If you are on-the-go, reach for Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Maraschino ($16). An amped-up version of the iconic Chubby Stick, this one offers an intense swoosh of moisturizing color. The crayon-like applicator is so easy to use, you may even dare to apply without a mirror
Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Clara Bow. If old-school Hollywood glamour is what you’re after this Valentine’s Day, go for Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Attractive Monica ($32). Inspired by Italian actress Monica Belluci, this color, and its sister shades, is full-on sexy. Keep the look going by avoiding heavy eye makeup. A little mascara and beige shadow will do.
Want the color impact of a lipstick but the shine of a gloss? MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($16) is the perfect must-have for hybrid coverage. Lightweight and non-sticky, this is the lipstick to wear all night long. We especially love New Temptation, a vivid blue red.
Set the mood to romantic with Lancôme Rouge in Love ($26). Divided into colors for day, evening, or night, this standout range gives you the gloss you desire without the stickiness you dread. Rouge Saint Honore, a member of the intensely colored Tonight Is My Night group of shades, is a deep red-coral that will get you ready for a night that won’t be forgotten.
No matter what shade of red you’re going for, remember to apply a little concealer around the border of your mouth to prevent the color from bleeding. And a helpful tip for getting lipstick off your teeth? After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, and then slowly pull your finger out to remove excess color. Now you don’t have to spend the whole night worrying if your lip game is on point. Let the night be about love or chocolate, or both!