People are very picky about their red lipstick. Queen Elizabeth II had a special red hue made to match her coronation robes called The Balmoral Lipstick. Elizabeth Taylor's shade was so recognizable that there were times when people were banned from wearing it on her movie sets. While the rest of the world's preferences may not be as lavish (or diva-ish) as those, it's clear that stars and civilians alike are constantly striving for that perfect red lip.
In a recent interview with People, Taylor revealed that she's switched up her shade from NARS' Dragon Girl to MAC's Ruby Woo saying, "It's a staple. I was the last person to discover it." But like, yeah, you probably were, girl.
Like Taylor, Rita is also a fan of the now-iconic MAC shade. She told ELLE that her signature red shades are her "Rimmel lip crayon that I just designed and also the usual MAC Ruby Woo never goes wrong." When asked how often she likes to rock a red lip she replied, "As many days as I can."
By this point, the world associates Gwen Stefani with bold red lipstick, which is why it should come as no surprise that she's working on a line of her signature product. She told People, "I wear so many different shades, but I’m not super into the orange-reds."
Though she's since released her own signature red, Kendall told ELLE her favorite lipstick was Estée Lauder's Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Carnal saying, "It's awesome. It's bright and I love bright. And red is always a good color."
Riri has shown us time and time again that she loves a good red lip. I mean, hi, she even developed her own version of Ruby Woo with MAC: Riri Woo. At the time of her MAC Viva Glam campaign, she told ELLE that lipstick was her favorite beauty product. "It draws attention away from any flaws," she said. "When someone is wearing lipstick, you just assume they're wearing a full face of makeup. And guys are stupid—they won't notice when you're not. "
Shortly after the release of "Come & Get It" Selena told Y100 just how crucial the red lip was for the music video. "For the longest time, my makeup artist told me that she wanted to do a darker lip on me," she said. "I don't know how to put on red lipstick without somebody helping me because I would make a mess of it, so she actually helped me. I've known her since I was 16. She's been my makeup artist forever, so [the red lipstick] was a big decision actually." I have a feeling she's figured out how to put on red lipstick since then.
"I never wear a gloss because my hair gets in the gloss ‘cause I move around too much and it streaks on my face," Katy told Glamour. "I’m just more of a matte girl in general. It’s just what I like ... Nouba is a lipstick that I love. It’s a blue-red lipstick with a little gold shimmer in it."
If a slew of celebrities weren't enough to point you toward your perfect shade of red, maybe the MTV News crew can convince you.
My red lipstick collection is vast and storied since I figured out that wearing a red lip on a Tuesday feels really empowering and cool. My go-to is NARS Cruella, which I found the day before my wedding and loved so much that I changed my whole makeup ~lewk~ to fit around it. I also love Besame Red Velvet for its long wear, gorgeous color and the fact that it smells like a cupcake. (Seriously.) For those low-key days, Fresh Cherry is a jam. In my purse at all times.
I can't pick just one lipstick so I usually mix Marc Jacobs' Neo Noir (bright red) and Little Pretty (dark purple). It makes for a more dark, dramatic look that's fun to wear in the morning on the subway when I feel like a zombie.
When I was a teen, Madonna made Vamp lipstick into a major trend. I was way too punk to buy the actual Chanel product...so instead I bought a dupe at Ricky's. I used that lipstick for years. That color never goes out of style.
A couple of years ago, I walked into a MAC store on the Upper West Side and one of the makeup artists was wearing a magical, matte shade of red that I was immediately obsessed with. She was porcelain-skinned and I’m more of a caramel complexion, but I marched up to her and asked what it was. Turns out it was Ruby Woo. I went home with the first of many tubes and now whenever I’m feeling like I’ve wandered too far off the path of my personal yellow brick road, I smear some on. ;)
Since I wear black 95% of the time, a bright red lip is mandatory when I want to add a pop of color to my (sometimes too goth-y) look. I have been using MAC's infamous Lady Danger matte coral red shade forever, and it hasn't failed me yet–even despite all the different hair colors I've had throughout the years. The best part? I've seen it look great on every type of skin tone.
I don't often wear lipstick because I get it all over my teeth, but when I do, I wear MAC's Lady Danger because I tried Chrissy's once and became instantly obsessed.
I have two that I generally interchange: Nars Semi Matte Red Lizard (a bright, blue-based red) and Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Crimson (a deeper vampy red). Both have great staying power, I’m all about a lip that lasts, bc this girl gets hangry and it’s so easy for a red lip to look busted real quick.
I wasn’t a lipstick-kinda-gal until I discovered Clinique’s A Different Grape. The purplish red hue looks good during any season, it’s gentle on my sensitive lips and women and men always compliment me on it!
My go-to red lip is Red Lizard by NARS with MAC's Brick lipliner. A very kind, very patient Sephora employee tried about a bajillion different lipsticks on me before I found one that worked with my skin tone. It makes me feel badass enough to be in Taylor's "Bad Blood" video.