TREND: Red Lips, Red Lips! Get your red lips!



For the last 3000 years, the red lip trend has been gracing the faces of ladies the world over. In the Victorian Era, it was all about ghostly pale skin and neat, prim red lips. Flash forward to 2013 and this trend is not going anywhere. We've tested out 6 of our favourite reds to show how some red hues might not always work for every skin tone, as it can depend on hair and eye colour and even the shape of your lips. The hardest part with finding the right red lippie is to distinguish whether or not it is a good red for you, because really there's a good red available for EVERYONE.


Lush Liquid Lipstick in Ambition



To start we have a loud and proud orange-red. This is a lovely bright that is a true fire-engine red colour. It's extremely versatile but is also the most noticeably different on each of our skin tones. This colour works best if your colouring has a slight orangey tone to it.


MAC Amplified Heartless



A beautiful true red which looks amazing on those with a pale yellow toned skin or blonde hair. It's a nice combination of yellow and blue toned pigment, and has the  ability to really emphasise and define your lip shape. A great all-rounder!


MAC Matte Russian Red



Russian Red is a classic blue-toned red. Described as the red to suit everyone, it has a cult following that includes Dita Von Teese, Madonna  and Gwen Stefani. It's matte and sinks in to a lovely velvety feel. It helps make your lips full and kissable and due to the blue undertone, makes your teeth appear whiter.


Chanel Rouge Coco Gabrielle



A true red (no blue undertones) with tiny gold sparkles. This is a classic, aptly named after Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel. The gold shimmer is wonderful for those with a olive complexion too because it picks up on the tones in the skin.


Lancome Rouge in Love 379N Berry in Love



This lipstick has a definite berry undertone, making the colour more on the purple side. A lovely plum lip for a more wearable daytime look, Berry in Love has a very violet colour to it, but layered also looks more Baroque than your true reds.


Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue 04 Drama



Here's a burgundy for some 90's nostalgia or if you're feeling a little vampy. Dark blood reds are great to have because they help bring an additional sensual look to the lip. Elizabeth Arden Drama is a more blue toned wine red, but on darker skins can look a little pink.

Red lips are extremely versatile and can be gently patted in for daytime or layered for a va va voom night time look. So step out of your comfort zone and put on a lovely rouge lip whether you're feeling like a vamp, a pin-up, or the girl next door.