The Expert’s Guide To The Perfect Red Lip

As much as we love a red lip (especially around the holidays), we get it’s not the easiest shade to deal with: Unlike forgiving nudes, red lipstick is hard (#firstworldproblems). Just one wear is prone to smudges, smears, and fading.


Luckily, celebrity makeup artist and famed beauty guru Manny Gutierrez—a.k.a. THE Manny MUA—is showing us how to get the perfect crimson-hued pout. Below, check out a few of his expert-approved tips to nailing the red lipstick look—and making it last.




First things first: Do not put on any liner or lipstick without giving them some much-needed hydration. Gutierrez recommends using an ultra-quenching lip balm beforehand to prevent chapping or fading. Our favorite? The Ilia Beauty Balm Days Lip Conditioner.



Balmy Days Lip Conditioner



If your lips are feeling extra chapped, you may want to use a lip scrub ahead of time to remove any dead skin. You can D.I.Y. your own or, if you’d rather a quick fix, reach for the Rodial Lip Scrub.



Lip Scrub



Not All Lip Liners Are Created Equal


This may seem like a no-brainer at first, but how many times do we just grab whatever red liner we can find and go on our way? That’s a big no-no, according to Gutierrez. For a no-budge hold, he recommends using a waterproof lip liner, like this one from Givenchy.



Waterproof Lip Liner



Opt Out Of The Classic Lipstick


Instead of using a classic tube of red lipstick, Gutierrez suggests using a “liquid-to-matte” version after lining your lips, as they tend to hold in place better than regular ones.


“It’s long-wear, comfortable, and looks good on every skin tone,” he says, suggesting the Lunar Beauty Red Aphrodite Liquid Lipstick. “It also makes your teeth look amazingly white. That blue base to it really makes your smile pop!”


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Lunar Beauty Aphrodite Red Liquid Lipstick, $18


The Final Touch


Gutierrez’s secret to a no-smear lip? “For an extra budge-proof finish, use a translucent powder on top to set it all in place,” he says.  And if you’re in need of a translucent powder, give the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder a try.



Veil Translucent Setting Powder



Want to extend your red lipstick collection before the holiday season ends? Same. Here’s some of the matte reds we can’t get enough of.


BUXOM’s Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Classified Crimson Matte


“BUXOM’s Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Classified Crimson Matte is my go-to for clients and models because the color is the perfect red for all skin tones,” says David Birdwell, Director of Artistry and Education at BUXOM. “It’s a true, deep red that’s not too blue or too yellow, so it’s ultra-flattering.”



Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick - Classified Crimson Matte



MAC Red Lipstick in Dare You


Sure, Ruby Woo may be everyone’s go-to MAC color, but this cool-toned take is calling our names this season. It has a slight satin finish that allows your lips to breathe, perfect for those days when you need a break from heavyweight liquid lipsticks but don’t want to sacrifice color.



MAC Red Lipstick - Dare You (C)



& Other Stories Maquis de Nuit Lipstick


This one’s “inspired by the French Riviera.” What more could you want?



Lipstick - Red



HOURGLASS Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick in I Crave


This lipstick may be tiny, but in just one swipe you’ll have the sultriest crimson hue with a shine that’s brighter than tinsel.



Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick - I Crave - Bright Red



NARS Lipstick in Trans Siberian


Formulated with Vitamin E, this oxblood red lipstick won’t just have you lips looking good—it’ll keep them nourished, too.



Matte Lipstick - Trans Siberian (Sm)



Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Vamp


If you want to upgrade your liquid lip stash, try this fan-favorite. This lipstick is one of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ most popular products thanks to its lightweight formula that glides on seamlessly.



Liquid Lipstick - Sarafine



Lime Crime Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick in Rustic


For an ultra-matte finish, this is as good as it gets. This liquid lipstick dries within seconds, and this shade dries right down to a warm and inviting burgundy.



Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick -


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