Numerous studies have pointed out the power of adding some colour to your face. In particular, a 2013 French study found that red lips were associated with higher levels of estrogen and overall positive perception of the face. In short: it’s an excuse to buy more red lipstick and that fact alone makes us feel happier.
A great red lip works on so many levels; it’s a known confidence booster and takes the focus away from things you don’t want prying eyes to see, i.e., the root touch-up you should have got done a week ago.
Whether you opt for matte, or glossy, deep or bright, a bolt of red can update your entire look instantly and seasoned lippy wearer or not, there is a shade for every skin tone, from rich blue-based shades to bright orange-toned hues.
Below are three of our favourite shades of red guaranteed to give you a mood boost and make you look great too:
1. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate, €32
A rich, blue-toned red, Chanel’s classic Pirate is universally flattering, working on both pale and darker skin tones. The chic, sophisticated packaging is also a plus.
2. MAC Lipstick In Ruby Woo, €20
Perhaps the most famous red lipstick of them all, MAC’s much-loved Ruby Woo is extra matte, extra red and lasts the whole night long. If you’re finding application tricky, coat your lips with a thin layer of lip balm to ensure it goes on as smoothly as possible.
3. Rimmel Kate Lipstick In #1, €6.99
Kate Moss’s Rimmel Lipstick range is one of the best budget-friendly options on the market, and this rich red hue is a classic.