Black Girls Wear Red: The Best Brands and Shades of Red Lipcolor For You

October 28, 2011 ‐ By

by Tracey Brown

"red lipcolor"From Hollywood starlets of yesteryear, to today’s pop culture idols of the runway and red carpet, red lipstick is eponymous with style, fashion and beauty. Red lipstick spells allure, glamour, sophistication and oozes sex appeal. A makeup must-have that is simultaneously a trend and yet a classic, red is on the lips of women of all ages and skin tones.

Hollywood sisters sporting a red pout Taraji Hensen , Kerry Washington, Zoe Saldana, Rosario Dawson and Tracee Ellis Ross instantly up their glam quotient with just a swipe of red lipstick. Catwalk queens Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls worked the Gucci runway with glossed-up red lips for Fall 2011.

Songstress Sade’s signature red lips are now on-trend for new millennium vocalists Jill Scott, Keri Hilson, Janelle Monae and Estelle. Each woman rocks the red lips with ease, yet each is wearing a different formula and shade that works for them.

When red lips are done right—meticulous application, seamless blending of lip liner and lip color in a flattering hue for your skin tone and undertone—you’ve got glam gold. Whether you have champagne and caviar cash or beer budget bucks, there is a red lipstick for you.

Red lipstick options span the color wheel—vampy vermillion, classic crimson, sassy scarlet, banging burgundy—so let your lips speak volumes with the perfect red. Many black women are left in a quandary about which red is best, and some still think their lips are a little on the “voluptuous” side to wear red lipstick. Don’t believe the “less-is-more hype”!

First, before we get into product recommendations, let’s start off with the steps to a perfect red pout:

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  • Chi83

    Disappointed in this article…I picked up Iman in Sensuous. It does say sheer red but it is not even sheer red. It’s pink! It looks fine on me but it’s not what I was expecting at all!

  • The Fact that the BEST red hands Down (and this is coming from a makeup artist)MAC’s Ruby Woo is NOT on here is sad. Also MAC-Russian Red and Fashion Fair have the best reds. smh…

  • Umbra in the UK

    Great article! But, let me say: ladies you just have to go out there and use trial and error to determine what really fits and works for you. Stores like Sephora, MAC, etc. allow you to test out the products so you can actually see what it looks like before you buy. The reality is that virtually no two black women have the same skin tone! Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and try new things ladies 🙂

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  • Mac -Russian red Matte lipstick ,Nars – fire down below ,Sephora brand lipstain  -always red no 1

  • Kept_Woman

    Ohhh, and may I add Mary Kay’s lipsticks & lip glosses are priced at $13.00. That is very affordable compared to some of the companies they have listed selling a tube a lipstick at $20 and $25 a pop. Please visit my website 😉

  • Kept_Woman

    I’m disappointed that Mary Kay is not on the list. Mary Kay cosmetics and skin care is diverse.

  • Kelly

    For lipgloss there's L'Oreal HIP Shine Liquid Lipcolor in Turbulent

  • Tia

    Sephora also carries a great super pigmented lip gloss-dries matte. That’s what I wear.

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  • Imoteda

    The fact that there is not a single M.A.C lipstick on this list bothers me.

  • Veronica

    Let’s not forget M.A.C’s Ruby Woo, Viva Glam and Dubonnet! How could you guys forget M.A.C? They also have a great lip liner and gloss.