32

Every Woman Needs a Red Lipstick

Best red lipsticks in green beauty

From top to bottom: Kjaer Weis KW Red, RMS Rebound, Clove + Hallow Damsel, Fitglow Love, RMS Jezebel, Rituel de Fille Devil’s Claw, Vapour Courage, Kosas Thrillest

Ladies, can we have a chat? I want to know…what’s it going to take to persuade you to try red lipstick? A vibrant, beautiful red lipstick can absolutely transform a face. Yes, it’s an attention-grabber. Yes, it takes confidence. But I know you can do it, and I’m going to share the best natural red lipsticks in green beauty with you.

Believe it or not, I didn’t start wearing bold lipsticks until about 10 years ago in my late thirties. For years and years, I pined over images of women wearing a bold red, but I didn’t dare! I mean, I didn’t want that much attention focused on my lips. What would people think?! (That I’m a confident, vivacious woman who enjoys a bold lipstick? QUELLE HORREUR.) I even remember being at a black-tie gala with my good friend who rocks a red lip like no other when I was in my late twenties. She persuaded me to try hers (it was MAC Ruby Woo, I remember it like yesterday), and I applied it in the bathroom. I loved loved loved the way it looked on me, but wiped it off before returning to the party. What is up with that, my friends? Pure ridiculousness, that’s what.

I was scared to wear an assertive color on my face. I didn’t want to seem like I was attention-seeking. “A nice muted pink gloss should suit a lady like me just fine,” I thought. (Rolling my eyes.) When I look back, it really was a larger issue than just wearing red lipstick. I was afraid to be seen. Afraid to abandon a more conservative look. Afraid to stand out.

Well, if you know me at all, you know that is no longer a problem. I love me a bold lipstick.

But let’s put a red lipstick’s confidence-boosting ability aside. What are some other positives of wearing red lipstick?

1. It’s a classic look that’s been around for decades. Think Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Coco Chanel.

2. It makes you look younger. Oh, I know some of you are going to balk at that statement, but it has been scientifically proven that what people find youthful in a face is the contrast of features. (Dark lashes/eyebrows, deep lips.) As we age, those features become noticeably paler and we begin to look more washed out. When you wear a red/bold lipstick, you create that contrast again.

3. It lifts your mood. A bright lipstick makes you feel more chipper and even more powerful. Coco Chanel was right when she said, “if you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.”

4. It increases feelings of self-worth. Vain? Maybe, but when you take the time to care for yourself, it makes a lasting impact psychologically.

5. IT LOOKS GOOD.

So, ladies. Heed my word and get some red lipstick in your queue. And you don’t have to go full-bore like yours truly and apply straight out of the bullet. Gently pat your finger on the lipstick and then dab on your lips for a much subtler effect. Baby steps, but I promise you’ll be rocking those red lips in no time.

Here are the 8 best red lipsticks in my book!

Shade: Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lipstick in Ribbon
Tone: Universal, classic neutral blue red
Finish: Matte

Kjaer Weis KW Red Lipstick

Shade: Kjaer Weis Lipstick in KW Red 
Tone: Classic neutral red
Finish: Satin matte (If you are looking for a natural matte, KW also makes this shade in the Matte, Naturally formula.)

Shade: Gen See Pick Me Up Matte Lipstick in Irene (can’t stop wearing the Gen See lipsticks this year)
Tone: True Red
Finish: Matte

Shade: Gen See Pick Me Up Matte Lipstick in Selma
Tone: Orange Red
Finish: Matte

RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in Rebound

Shade: RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in Rebound
Tone: Ruby Red
Finish: Satin

Clove + Hallow Lip Creme in Damsel

Shade: Clove + Hallow Lip Créme in Damsel
Tone: Bold blue-red
Finish: Semi-matte

Shade: Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lipstick in Jazz
Tone: Earthy, brick red
Finish: Matte

RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in Jezebel

Shade: RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in Jezebel
Tone: Blackberry red
Finish: Satin

Rituel de Fille Enchanted Lip Sheer in Devil's Claw

Shade: Rituel de Fille Enchanted Lip Sheer in Devil’s Claw
Tone: Warm red with subtle gold sheen
Finish: Semi-matte

Kosas Lip Color in Thrillest

Shade: Kosas Lip Color in Thrillest
Tone: Poppy orange-red
Finish: Semi-matte

Questions about natural red lipsticks in general or these particular shades? Hit me up in the comments!

Other posts you might like:

The best skincare for ladies over 40!

My morning and evening skincare routine.

0

Odds and Ends

My love for this dry shampoo started as a slow burn, but I’m full-on obsessed with it now. I use it daily for creating that French-girl texture.

2022 food and wine game changers.

Shorts. You know I hate them but have no choice. I wear these ones around the house and these on walks. (psst – less expensive version here.)

How to forgive yourself for what you can’t change in the past.

Why moms love Phoebe Bridgers.

When did brands become so horny?

Last day for 20% off Avene (code is HOWL) and 20% off Kjaer Weis (code is KWHOWL20)

Just binged The Bear and really loved it.

My favorite Natori bras are on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary event!

The kids who lost parents to COVID.

Selections from the Audubon Photography Awards. #ilovebirds

40 wardrobe staples, according to Vogue editors.

How to wear eyeshadow over 40. (Also great for hooded lids at any age.)

Happy Friday! Wishing you a great weekend.

image credit: and other stories

2

Odds and Ends

How to build a good day when you’re full of despair over the state of the world.

These swimsuits need good homes.

Actually, maybe it is time for Democrats to go low.

20% off and free shipping on Avene this weekend with the code HOWL20! I will have these 4 products in my cabinet for life.

Simple, inexpensive sneakers in every color under the sun.

What New Yorker writers are reading this summer.

What are “vibes” exactly and how have they entered political rhetoric?

Best clean setting spray on the market. Loving it this summer.

The magic of a little danger.

I have sadly quit Pilates for good (can’t pay for both the classes and the physical therapy I need when I’m doing it), so I’m back on the Tracy Anderson train.

The absolute GOAT of body lotions for summer. Smells like coconut and I’m thoroughly obsessed.

Stanley Tucci’s travel pet peeves and favorite spots.

When it’s too hot to cook, try these recipes. (It was 106 here yesterday OMG.)

Happy Friday! It’s clearly hot AF here and I hate summer with a raging passion, but you probably already knew that.

image credit: windy o’connor