The Quintessential Pinup Red

Over the last few years, I have been trying tirelessly to find the quintessential pinup red lipstick. In my eyes, the ideal red for my fair skin tone is definitely blue based, so I always to steer clear of the reds with orange hues. Let me caution you to be prepared to pick up the tab on a few misses before finding what works best for you, it is truly a case of trial and error. When the day finally comes and you find your Holy Grail…make sure to stock up as you’ll be devastated if it gets discontinued!

The very first red lipstick that I ever tried was Mac’s Matte Ruby Woo; which is actually THE best selling red lipstick on the market today. Ruby Woo came highly recommended by various pinups in the industry along with it being Dita Von Teese and Scarlett Johansson favorite as well. This was my go to red for some time but since it is an extra matte, I found it to be very drying on my lips. It would also smudge easily and end up on my teeth all the time, which we all know is quite embarrassing. This made me realize Ruby Woo wasn’t the right fit for me and I needed to find a lipstick with lasting stay on power and wouldn’t leave my lips in dire need of moisture.

red-lipstick-MAC-Ruby-Woo-vogue-28nov13-pr Testei-batom-ruby-woo-MAC-03When Kat Von D launched her own makeup line at Sephora, I knew she would create some killer red lipsticks as she is known to wear them religiously herself. Who better to design the ideal shades of lipstick than someone who has probably tried more than we can ever dream of. When she released her Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, I went straight for the Outlaw Brick Red. It was my ideal opaque true pinup red in a long lasting lipstain. It goes on as a smooth liquid and quickly sets as a stain. A little goes a long way too. I love that it never accidentally ends up on my teeth and lasts throughout the day with only minor touch ups. I find stains like these are better for the warmer month as winter dry cracked lips just don’t pair well together.

Outlaw_8da661f1-3390-495a-a4b9-3f49f633b371_1024x1024 IMG_0292Luckily for all of us, Besame Cosmetics saw the need to bring back all those timeless shades from the 1920s-1950s and reformulate them for the modern day pinup. With several gorgeous reds to choose from, I decided upon the Besame Red and Red Velvet for my first purchase. Low and behold, I just discovered my Holy Grail in the quintessential pinup red lipstick. The Besame formula goes on super creamy, opaque and so rich in colour. I switch between both colours regularly; Besame Red is a more vibrant true red and the Red Velvet is a deeper red. These are the two lipsticks I wear faithfully, on the blog and every day as they are hands down the best I have ever found to date.

lipstickcolorsforweb_1500 95ac47dd358488798bec202b55f48776The search for your ideal pinup red lipstick might be like chasing a unicorn but I can assure you that one day you will capture it with a little perseverance. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try shades that you might think twice about, they may just surprise you yet.

Have you discovered your quintessential pinup red lipstick? Please share with us what it is….

9 thoughts on “The Quintessential Pinup Red

  1. I quite like my Arbonne lipstick in Strawberry. It’s very creamy and doesn’t dry out my lips.

    I have a question for you, Jessica: What lipliners do you recommend?

    • I brought my two favorite Besame lipsticks to Sephora and found great liners in their house brand. They work for most of my other reds too. Besame is supposed to be releasing them as well to match their line.

  2. I haven’t found my perfect red yet, but I’ve tried some that weren’t bad: Rimmel Kate in 111, Revlon’s Love That Red and Fire and Ice; and NYX lipsticks in Electra and Chaos (also Perfect Red from their Matte lipstick collection). I really love the look of MAC Ruby Woo, I just can’t justify the price yet 😉

  3. I also tried Ruby Woo (my favorite singer Imelda May wears it) It’s great, but I also found it drying. I have Besame Red Velvet, Red Hot Red and Carmine (which is a red orange) Besame’s formula is perfect, rich color and non drying. I have very fair skin and blonde hair and I love how all three Besame colors look on me. Surprisingly the carmine is the one I reach for the most.

  4. I absolutely adore Hourglass’s Icon. It is such a gorgeous deep red. It is my go to in winter months. In the summer I go a bit more orange and wear Nars’ Heat Wave but if I am feeling less orange and more true red, I go for Nars’ Dragon Girl.

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