Keep reading to see some of the most iconic celeb-inspired red lipstick looks (with tips on how to achieve them!), and then shop lipsticks you can try out for any occasion, be it Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, or really, any time you wish to add a pop of colour to your look.
Kylie Jenner: The iconic red lip
Name someone who does it better than Kylie herself — we’ll wait. The beauty mogul, best known for her eponymous brand, Kylie Cosmetics, is seen here sporting a bold red lip, showing off her latest addition to her recent collection of bullet lipsticks. She keeps the rest of her look clean and minimalist to better showcase her red pout.
Get the look with: Matte Lipstick in ‘An Apple A Day’, USD32 (S$43.39), Kylie Cosmetics
What better way to achieve the look than with Kylie’s very own bullet matte lipsticks? Formulated with hyaluronic acid, the lipstick goes on seamlessly onto the lips and keeps it hydrated for 8 hours. It also boasts a beautiful, highly pigmented, soft-matte finish, so you’ll never have to worry about the lack of coverage.
Blackpink’s Lisa: Glossy red lips
When working with high-gloss, pigmented reds like Blackpink’s Lisa’s deep ruby shade, apply the product with a dense synthetic lip brush for more precision and control.
Get the look with: Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm, $60, Hourglass from Sephora
Prefer a glossy finish? Hourglass’s all-in-one lippy hydrates like a lip balm, plumps for fuller-looking lips, and delivers the high-shine finish of a lip gloss. It gives solid colour so you can choose to wear it on its own or over another lipstick. Made with a blend of emollients and oils that nourishes, conditions, and hydrates lips, this balm does a great job in creating the appearance of fuller, luscious lips.
Angelababy: Flawless complexion, red lips
Red lipstick can accentuate a ruddy complexion. When sporting a bright red lipstick like Angelababy, mask any serious redness in the skin with a colour-correcting concealer.
Get the look with: NARS Cream Lipstick in Bad Reputation, $41, NARS from Sephora
This semi-matte bestseller from NARS drenches lips in a vivid red that feels velvety smooth.
Rihanna: Classic red pout
We love how Rihanna never fails to amaze us — be it with her groovy tunes or even with her ever-so-popular beauty brand, Fenty Beauty. And so, if you’re looking for a lippie that will suit just about any skin tone, consider this beautiful number as seen on Riri.
Creamy, semi-matte and highly pigmented, the new Fenty Beauty Icon lipstick is a must-have in any beauty collection. Not only does it plump your lips, thanks to ingredients like hyaluronic acid and conditioning vitamins C and E — it also comes in a refillable casing, so you can pop it into your purse and flaunt it while you’re on the go.
IU: Soft red lips
While bold red lips might be the go-to option for many, others may still prefer something that’s a little more subtle. To add a splash of colour to your outfit without overdoing it, consider opting for a sparkly lip gloss number like IU.
Get the look with: Dior Lip Glow Oil, $59, Dior from Sephora
This long-wearing formula not only stays on your lips for hours, but it also hydrates them at the same time thanks to its ingredient list that also consists of cherry oil, which helps to lock in moisture for a soft, supple finish.
CL: Overlined red lips
It’s been a while since we’ve last seen anyone overline their lips, but CL proves that the look is still in trend with her sultry night look. To pair, she goes heavy on her eyes with a dark and smokey eye, and tops it off with long falsies.
Get the look with: High Intensity Refillable Lipstick, $60, Hourglass from Sephora
Ace the look with a trusty red lip liner before going in with a pigmented lipstick like this one from Hourglass. After lining your lips, layer on your lipstick as usual, ensuring that it stays within the lines of the lip liner.
What’s great about this lipstick is that it’s also really compact and thin, so you can bring it along with you in your mini bag and layer it on when you need a quick touch-up.
Mingxi: Dark red lips
Chinese model Mingxi proves that you don’t need a bright red lip to make a statement; we are in love with this vampy L’Oreal Paris lipstick that she’s wearing.
This brand doesn’t disappoint when it comes to lipsticks that deliver colour payoff. Even after a heavy meal, the lipstick maintains a beautiful finish.
Fan Bingbing: Matte skin, soft-matte lips
A warm-toned red was Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing’s lip colour of choice when dialling into the virtual Ralph & Russo Spring/Summer 2021 show. When rocking a red pout, take your face makeup into account. If your complexion is dewy, choose a subdued finish to avoid looking too shiny in pictures. Fan Bingbing strikes a perfect balance with her matte skin and soft-matte lips.
Get the look with:L’Absolu Rouge Cream Lipstick, $54, Lancome from Sephora
Enriched with 30% moisturising rose balm and hyaluronic acid, this lipstick from Lancome aims to give you that luminous cream finish minus the uncomfortable dry feeling.
Jessica Jung: Sparkly eyes, statement lips
Singer Jessica Jung just gave us proof that you don’t have to forgo statement eyes just because you’re wearing bright, bold lips. Elevate your look by pairing an eye glitter topper with your red lipstick.
Get the look with: Water Lip Stain in Red Water, $45, Clarins
This lip stain from Clarins imparts a wash of long-lasting colour with its water-like formula (77 per cent water).
Hyuna: Bold lips, winged liner
You don’t have to wear red lips on their own. Pull off two trends at once like Korean idol Hyuna and pair your orange-red lips with a well-defined liner.
Get the look with: Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge, $60, YSL
Hyuna’s orange-red pout was created with the YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture lipstick. This lippy not only imparts a gorgeous satin finish, but also moisturises your pucker with nourishing hydrospheres and natural extracts.
Hwasa: Fluttery lashes and scarlet pout
When MAMAMOO’s Hwasa steps out in red lipstick, she makes a statement. Before applying her scarlet lippy, Hwasa outlined her pout with a lip liner in a slightly darker but complimentary shade. And of course, the volumising mascara finished off the sultry look.
Get the look with: MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $38, MAC Cosmetics from Sephora
This universally flattering cherry red matte lipstick creates the illusion of whiter teeth with its blue undertones. It lasts all day (even through a day of feasting) and never sucks the moisture from your lips.
Jeanette Aw: Subtle smokey eye with red lips
The “Ramen Shop” star accented her subtle smokey eye with a deep, rich rouge with blue undertones. The key to recreating Jeanette’s look is to keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Choose a lightweight foundation instead of a full-coverage base product. Also, avoid candy pink blushers for this look as they have a tendency to look too doll-like. Instead, look for a blush with a warm undertone to enhance your skin’s glow.
Get the look with: Rouge Dior in 999, $62, Dior Beauty from Sephora
Jeanette’s go-to red lipstick is the iconic Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in 999. This lip colour first made its debut at Dior’s fashion show in 1947 and is still just as well-loved more than seven decades later. Rouge Dior packs a pigment punch without drying out the lips. This iconic shade comes in two finishes — matte and satin.
Lee Hi: Bare face, scarlet pout
You can rock bright red lips, even if you’re short on time. Just go barefaced like singer Lee Hi. If you don’t have time for eye makeup, red lips are the perfect way to still look put together in a pinch. Pro tip: after toning your face with a textured cotton pad, gently exfoliate your lips with the same cotton pad to buff away dead skin cells before applying your lip colour.
Get the look with: Lip Colour in Cherry Lush, $87, Tom Ford Beauty from Sephora
Tom Ford’s cherry-hued offering aptly named “Cherry Lush” delivers intense pigment and long-lasting colour.
Sunmi: Red eyeshadow, red lips
Korean idol Sunmi’s fiery red eye makeup is the focal point of this red hot monochrome makeup. To emulate her look, start with an eyeshadow primer. Next, apply a neutral beige or peach shadow on the entire lid. With a small blending brush, apply red eyeshadow onto the entire lid, focusing on the outer corners of the eyes.
As a rule of thumb, opt for a warmer deeper red rather than a bright one. Line your lower lash line with the same eyeshadow. As a finishing touch, apply glitter eyeshadow in the centre of your eyelid. Complete the look with a bold red lip, mascara and a flick of eyeliner.
Get the look with: Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, $40, NARS from Sephora
Said to be a favourite of red lipstick queen Taylor Swift, this vibrant lippy falls somewhere between timeless red and pink. Its thick but soft tip makes it perfect for getting into those hard-to-reach spots. The best part? This cult-favourite product also doubles as a lip liner.
Text: Letty Seah & Shazrina Shamsudin/HerWorld