There’s nothing quite like a red lip to add a pop of colour to an outfit and boost your confidence. With so many undertones and formulas to choose from, there’s a red lippie to suit everyone—but finding the right one takes a lot of trial and error. From plumping formulas to long-lasting mattes, staffers share their favourite red lipsticks.
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Rose Hip
I’ve never been much of a lipstick person—it’s always been all about the eyes for me. When I came to work at a women’s magazine, I felt like I had to try a bit harder—emphasis on try. After early lippie attempts left me looking like Pennywise, a colleague staged an intervention and raided the makeup closet. I’m now a matte crayon lipstick convert. My favourite version comes from Canadian company Bite Beauty—it’s the perfect shade of bright red, it’s not too matte or too drying and it wears down nicely to a subtle stain. Apparently the brand is in the process of reformulating a bunch of products, so the lip crayon is on deep sale right now. (Dear Bite: Please don’t discontinue this colour! I’m also hoping you start a program where you can take the packaging back.) —Gillian Grace, deputy editor
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Rose Hip, $29, bitebeauty.com