You just can’t go wrong with a bold red lip for Chinese New Year. It has potential to be modern, elegant, romantic, or edgy, depending on how you wear it and of course, is the main colour of the festive season. However, it can be quite a challenge to find a shade that complements your skin tone.
Most Asian skin tones with olive undertones suit orange-based red lippies because it will cancel out any sallowness and brighten the complexion. But that doesn’t mean you should give all cool tone red lipsticks a skip. Here are some of our favourite red lippies that will make you the star of your reunion dinner.
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always red ($19)
This stunning true red lippie has a matte formula that just locks onto the lips and won’t leave for hours. Also, it wouldn’t transfer on your teeth, clothes and wine glass so it’s great if you’re going to be doing some festive feasting.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Ma’Damn ($28)
If you’re looking for something long-lasting and highly pigmented, these creamy lipsticks designed by Rihanna are amongst the best. While there aren’t a lot of one-shade-fits-all red lippies, this matte non-drying lipstick actually looks just as beautiful on every skin tone.
Shu Uemera Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD165 ($33)
This lippie from Shu Uemera glides onto your pout like a dream. It doesn’t even feel like you are wearing anything with its velvety smooth texture. Because it is blue-based, it creates the illusion of a pearly-white smile. Who doesn’t want that?
Tom Ford Beauty Lips & Boys in 07 Dylan ($50)
This is a modern bright orange-red hue with a subtle shimmer finish which makes it the perfect day-to-night colour. The luxe casing just makes this highly-pigmented and long-lasting lip colour all that better.
Mac Cosmetics Versicolour Stain in Resilient Rouge ($39)
Intimidated by red lipstick? Well don’t be. Mac recently introduced this versatile semi-sheer red hue that is infused with nourishing emollient oils so you don’t have to worry about chapping or peeling. Just layer it up for the intensity of colour you want.
Guerlain KissKiss Roselip - Hydrating & Plumping Tinted Lip Balm in Crazy Bouquet ($52)
This is probably the most moisturising take on a orange-red shade. The formula includes rose oil extract, that keeps your lips hydrated, so they don’t get dry and flaky. Also, its white lacquer case never fails to impress.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 714 Mega Matte ($31)
Having too many lipsticks might be our vice, but who could blame us? The Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks offers great coverage as well as a choice of various finishes (creamy, satin and metallic). This aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils infused lippie goes on creamy but dries to a matte finish, so it won’t bleed into and accentuate the fine lines on your lips.
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