How To Get the Perfect Long-Lasting Red Lip

Long-lasting and affordable options!

Searching for the perfect red lipstick can be challenging but finding one that can stand the test of time is an even more daunting task. That is why I went on the hunt to find unique formulas and perfect red shades for 3 different women.

Few women wear red lipstick every single day. Most red lipsticks end up at the bottom of a makeup bag, only to be pulled out around the holidays. Due to this, I chose two really accessible lipsticks at reasonable price points, so you can justify buying them – just in case you rarely wear it. I also included one elevated choice as well for those that frequent a red lippie. And I got some familiar faces to test them all out.


Lipstick #1 Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

For Mairlyn, I chose this warm shade that is technically more of an orangey-red. it is a liquid lipstick that has a pointed doe-foot for easy application and to really help you shape the lips. I knew this shade would look fantastic on her fairer skin tone and really brighten up her face. The liquid lipstick is extremely pigmented and dries to a comfortable finish. Not too drying. This lipstick is fantastic at being transfer-proof. Kissable, yet pigmented.

Lipstick #2 – Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick 

For Julie, I opted for a traditional Hollywood red. (The likes of what Marilyn Monroe used to wear) This lipstick in my opinion is by far the most comfortable to wear. It has a creamy texture that remains comfortable for hours on end. *Not as transfer-proof because of its creamy texture. However, applied in thin layers, this does last a significant amount of time and the colour pay-off is exceptional. Wouldn’t attempt any makeouts with this lippie on. Tone-wise, this shade is in between a warm red and a cool red.

Lipstick #3 – Smashbox Always On Cream to Matte Lipstick 

The most expensive of all the lipsticks. This is the ultimate matte lipstick. Glides on creamy and dries to an ultra-matte finish. The best part: won’t smudge, budge, or feather. The shade I chose for Vivian is a blue-based red which is fantastic at keeping your smile looking bright white. The more blue-based the lipstick, the whiter your teeth look. This red shade has a beautiful depth to it which I think compliments Vivian’s skin tone beautifully.

Tips to give your long-wear lipstick an extra boost:

Something to remember is that the hourly claims on lippies aren’t always how long they actually last, but there are things you can do to help your long-wear lipsticks withstand a busy day.

  • Exfoliate and hydrate lips before applying
  • Fill in lips with lipliner
  • Apply in very thin layers
  • Place a tissue over your lips and blot translucent loose powder on top of your lips to further set the lipstick. (Helps to blot the lipstick as well)
  • Avoid eating anything that is really oily. Anything oily will naturally break down the lipstick the same way an oil cleanser would.