Winter Reds — Great Raspberry, Candy Apple, Bordeaux, Sangria, Scarlet and Fire Engine Red Lipsticks
When winter sets in and a mantle of white snow covers the ground, red lips start to sprout up — little bolts of color that provide us with just enough visual pizazz to last ’til spring. The white-and-red combination is everywhere during he hoidays (think Santa and Mrs. Claus, candy canes, etc.), but that doesn’t mean we have to wipe the red of our lips once the New Year sets in. Instead, we should be reminded of the intensity and passion conveyed by a gorgeous red pout.
Whether you prefer a Rudolph’s nose red, an orange-y coral hue, or a deep wine shade, here are some of the best options out there for winter red lips.
Tarte Vitamin-Infused Lipstick in Vinyasa (Siren Red), $22. Visit TarteCosmetics.com
The luscious shade reminds me of a glass of Cabernet Franc — plus, thanks to nourishing and moisturizing ingredients like grape seed extract, acai extract, and vitamins A and C, your lips will feel replenished and silky. Like the finest wine, it’s positively intoxicating.
JK Jemma Kidd Classic Couture Lip Color, $16. Visit Target.com
This fire engine red color will have you looking hotter than a towering inferno. Get ready to put out some blazes of your own!
Trish McEvoy Gilded Lip Color in Iced Bordeaux, $24. Available at Nordstrom.com.
Probably my new favorite lipstick, this violet-red is enveloped in a shimmering gold (hence the collection’s “Gilded Age” name). When you roll the lipstick over your lips, you’ll be dazzled by the raspberry-esque hue with the golden fairy dust.
Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Mineral Lipcolor in Red Delicious, $15. Visit Sephora.com
This deep, candy apple red color lasts all day, and the mineral ingredients make for an easy application (the lipstick effortlessly glides on to your lips). A light lavender scent provides a calming, soothing effect.
Maybelline Midnight Red Lipstick, $7. Available at drugstores nationwide. Visit DuaneReade.com
This brick red is alluringly dark and works best when paired with simple black or neutral hues. After all, if you’re wearing this lipstick, you don’t need anything else to make a statement.
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Color Comfort Lip Color in Sangria, $9.99. Available at drugstores nationwide or visit Ulta.com
Sangría is the perfect name for this shade — it’s got a blood-red (and therefore slightly maroon) feel that will make you feel like a Spanish dama or perhaps the lead star in a Pedro Almodóvar movie.
Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in L23, $55. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and select boutiques nationwide.
This orange-y red is perfect for creating a more tropical look. Pair it with some coral jewelry (bold earrings, for example) and you’ll feel like you’ve brought a bit of St. Barths to your wintry surroundings.
Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Mineral Lipcolor in Berry Cordial, $15. Visit Sephora.com
This violet-tinged color makes me think of cherry pie filling or maybe a cold glass of Tropicana Berry Punch. It’s a vibrant but cool hue that, when set against the season’s blue and gray-ish landscape, feels rather seasonal.
NP Set Lipstick in “Madrid” (Matte Bright Red), $15. Visit Target.com
Remember the sexy red lipstick Penelope Cruz sported on the poster for the film Volver? This flamenco dancer-ready hue reminds me not only of Madrid, but of Barcelona, Seville and the entire glorious country known as Spain.
Prescriptives Moonbeam Reflective Gloss in Meteor, $17.50. Visit Prescriptives.com
ATLiens, galaxy lovers and boundary-pushing fashionistas will love this copper-ish red hue, which has an otherworldly mystery and sparkle to it.
Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Berry Kiss, $13. Visit MaryKay.com or call 1-800-MARY-KAY (627-9529)
Like Bare Escentuals’ Berry Cordial, this Mary Kay lipstick also draws inspiration from purple-red shades found in nature. Unlike the Bare Escentuals offering, however, this product has a much more subtle look (imagine how your lipstick would look after you’d blotted it several times and added a bit of gloss for shine). The shimmering color is deeper than what you’d get from a tinted lip gloss but way softer and fainter than your average lipstick, making for a more natural, just-been-kissed effect.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux, $5.29. Available at Drugstore.com
The darkest color of the bunch, this is a vamp-y number that only seductive, self-assured woman should dare to pull off. But once they do, every man will fall pray to their bewitching lips.
Pixi by Petra Vitamin Lip Silk in “Hero,” $15. Visit Target.com
This vibrant red bears the closest resemblance to the tint of Mrs. Claus’s gown and, hey, she’s one striking broad, right? This tinted lip balm packs Vitamin E to nourish lips, beeswax to seal in the moisture, Vitamin A to slow down the effects of aging, and Vitamin C to protect your pout.
Wet n Wild Beauty Benefits Mint Infusions Lip Tint SPF 15, $5.99. Available at drugstores nationwide.
Here’s a lip tint that does double duty, adding a nice touch of rouge while also freshening up your breath thanks to the minty taste and smell.
Givenchy Rouge Interdit in Illicit Raspberry, $26.50. Visit Sephora.com
Your Prince will be singing about much more than your raspberry beret when you apply this silken lipstick, which comes packaged in a gorgeous, crystalline, rectangular black case that conceals the entire lipstick (from top to bottom). Once you tuck the lipstick inside the case, all you’ll see is the high-gloss black case and a tiny looped ribbon which, in actuality, serves to unlock the product. It’s the lipstick a female James Bond would favor!
Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in “Simone,” $22. Visit JouerCosmetics.com
Remember the lipstick shade Madonna wore in Who’s That Girl? This lovely red hue reminds me of Madge’s fierce pout in that flick — well, that and Julia Roberts’ red lipstick during the opera scene in Pretty Woman. It doesn’t get much better than that, right?