Pucker Up | The Best Red Lipsticks For Every Skin Colour

Pucker Up | The Best Red Lipsticks For Every Skin Colour

Inclusivity and the red lip : the best red lipsticks for every shade of skin colour


Red lipstick will always be a fashion classic and the perfect winter antidote to brighten your day. With so many shades and textures available on the market we’ve asked Makeup Artist Kath Gould to introduce us to some of her favourites.

Below is her roundup of 5 gorgeous red lip products that'll look good on every skin tone.

01. Ruby Woo by MAC

Ruby Woo is my all time favourite lipstick. It’s the perfect blue-toned red and ultra-matte so it’s long lasting and will help to make your teeth look whiter and brighter. Because of its very matte texture, lips need to be primed with a small of amount of lip conditioner and then blotted off to enable the lipstick to glide on.

Available here, $40 at Mecca


02. Hourglass High Intensity Lipstick

The new Hourglass High Intensity Lipstick is so elegant! The chic gold ‘stiletto’ applicator only needs to be bought once as you can buy any colour in the range as a refill. It makes an incredible addition to any handbag and slim enough to fit in the smallest clutch. ‘I Crave’ is the ultimate bright red for party nights.

Available here, $54 at Mecca

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03. Ultra Shine Lip-Gloss by Tom Ford

“The woman is invincible, yeah yeah” - channel your inner Robert Palmer girl and go for 80s inspired high-shine with ultimate luxury using Tom Ford’s “Ultra Shine Lip-Gloss” in “Lost Cherry”. Wear alone or over opaque lipstick for Simply Irresistible lips. The formula is smooth and long- lasting with enough intense shine to mimic a patent stiletto.

Available here, $80 from Smith and Caughey's

04. Powermatte Lip Pigment by NARS

For an intense pop of colour to shake you out of the winter blues go for “Light My Fire” from the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment collection. This intensely pigmented orange-red ensures you will turn heads without it getting all over yours. The formula glides on and dries down to a opaque, matte, smudge-poof finish.

Available here, $41 at Mecca.

05. Red pencil by Bobbi Brown


Cherry Lip Pencil by MAC

For the perfect pout I love to define the lip with a pencil, enabling sharp lines and crisp edges. Bobbi Brown’s “Red” pencil is soft enough to glide evenly over the lip line and will blend with most classic red shades. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention MAC’s Cherry Lip Pencil - a true classic in both colour and formula - I often use this to both line and fill in lips as it’s opaque payoff and creamy texture can’t be beaten.

Red Pencil by Bobbi Brown available here, $54 and Cherry Lip Pencil by MAC available here, $38 at Farmers.



Special recommendation from Kath:

One of my favourite makeup artists James Molloy always creates the perfect pout - his secret: The My Kit Co. Pencil Sharpener. James has created a number of amazing brushes and tools and this little gem had been a game changer for me and my work. I honestly have never had such sharp pencils and such perfectly defined lips. It also catches your pencil shavings which is a life saver in avoiding ruined carpet.

Available here, NZ $9


Header Image | Phil Oh

Words | Kath Gould