Finding a favourite red lipstick is like finding the holy grail. I try not to think about the possible future when my favourite shade could be discontinued as that would cause severe anxiety!!!
I get asked a lot about what my favourite lipstick is so thought it was high time for a post on the subject. I have 3 mains red lippy’s that are my go-to for everyday wear.
It’s a very creamy lipstick with a gorgeous deep, rich red tone. This has been my absolute favourite for many years now and I even have one permanently at work, and one for home.
The intensity of the colour is what I like most. It is a bright red blue-based lipstick but has extra depth and intensity to others. I will be incredibly sad should this shade ever go out of production!
The next lipstick on my list is Limecrime Red Velvet Velvetine, retailing for US$20 online. I bought this when I was trying to find a kiss-proof lipstick for my wedding. It’s a very true, bright red liquid lipstick and one of 6 shades in the Velvetine range.
At first I wasn’t that impressed… the Velvetines are very matte and drying and it kinda balled up and flaked off after a few hours, something that I HATE! But I do love the super crisp line that you can achieve when applying it with a lip brush.
It also hardly ever bleeds (except if you are eating oily foods) and I have grown to love it. The only way I can cope with the dryness is to apply a moist lipstick like Natio Rush over the top after the first few hours. It stops it from flaking and makes me feel a little less parched!
And last but definitely not least, my third go-to lipstick is Besame Cosmetics Red Hot Red! Retailing for US$22 on the website and can also be found at several New Zealand Retailers like The Yellow Brick Road, Rita Sue Clothing and The Vanity Case.
Besame Cosmetics is a fantastic brand that creates modern reproductions of luxury makeup from the 20’s through to 50’s. The packaging for all their products are absolutely gorgeous and have a fantastic range of lipstick colours.
I bought Red Hot Red last year when I was asked to model the Besame lipstick range for The Yellow Brick Road Boutique. I loved the bright, pinup shade of red and thought it was pretty awesome that the shade is modelled after Marilyn Monroe’s favourite lipstick colour.
The Besame lipsticks have a creamy, velvety texture. This is what I wear when I feel like something a little bolder but still glossy and soft.
I just want to quickly mention my application method- for the Natio and Besame lipsticks, I first conceal my lips then powder and line my lips with lipliner, filling in the entire lip. (I use a Australis Lip Liner but any red lipliner will do. It’s just to help give you the guide for the shape and give the lipstick a base so the colour comes out rich.)
Then I apply the lipstick. By using this method, it helps to prevent bleeding and also keep the lipstick on for longer.
For the Limecrime Velvetine, since it’s a liquid lipstick and already very matte, I skip the concealer and powder steps and just line and fill in my lips with lip liner. I find I need the liner to create the shape and then I just go over it with the lipstick and lip brush.
So there you have it, my 3 favourite lipsticks! I’m excited to have also placed a order for 2 shades of the Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks so will let you know how they turn out too!
x Miss Victory Violet