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A Valentine’s edit of the little red lippies that will love you all night long.

Romance has been on my mind of late, and with Valentine’s Day upon us, it’s the ideal day to pay homage to your red-hot and amorous fantasies.

Whether you’re feeling pretty loved up right now, or just craving a whimsical antidote to this crazy world, celebrating Valentine’s Day is all about surrendering to the symbolism it represents.


However, it doesn’t have to be all corny. Whether you’re frocking up for #datenight with a bestie or bae, the night calls for a game face that is scintillating and modern.


And what looks more kissable and on-point than a slick of the perfect red lip? A winner for seduction at all stages of a budding romance, whether you’re newly on the prowl or want your hubby to jump you, a red lip communicates confidence, sensuality and sex appeal like nothing else.


But with so many tones to match with different skin shades, how do you pick ‘the one’ that makes the most impact?


Stay cool my doll – matchmaker MM has you covered below.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in Drama Red

For: fair to medium complexion

Now here’s a true red liquid-to-matte that dries in the most delicious velvety lipstick finish. Its non-drying or caking formula (one of my pet hates with liquid-to-matte products is that they can cake when you re-apply) is super light-weight on the lips and feels like silk. Basically, it’s like being kissed afresh every time you wear it. Awww.


MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

For: fair-medium skin tones

I’ll go as far as saying that this elegant matte red is boarding on a cult classic. As vibrant and colour rich as most MAC lip colours already are, Ruby Woo is a blue-toned lip colour that reigns supreme because it suits pretty much every skin tone. What I personally love about this colour (other than the above) is the flexibility I have in changing the depth or tone. I can dab it to satin, line over it with a Bordeaux shade to achieve a blood red shade, or even line with a true-orange liner to create lips so hot you’ll attract a spunky fireman all of your own!


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Consuming Red

For – light-medium complexion

This is a sensual, deep red colour with a warm undertone. It’s perfect for sultry nights when you only have one thing on your mind – and it ain’t spaghetti. Most colours this deep have a blue or similar cool undertone which, on any skin tone that is not yellow, can end up sucking the colour right out of you. However, not this baby. The warm depth is flattering on all complexions, and with a texture that smoothly glides over your lips without feathering or bleeding, you’re free to enjoy yourself for hours.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick in Le Orange

For – Medium complexion

YSL are known for their iconic colours, and Le Orange is surely one of the most classic orange-reds on the market, being picture perfect for medium skin-tones. Rich in texture and coverage, it has a delicate satin sheen which never dries on your lips. It’s perfect for a fresh-faced look with plenty of impact. This vivid vixen is also my go-to red for brightening olive-toned skins in a quick minute!


Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Burgundy

For – Medium to dark complexions

This Burgundy-based hue delivers intensity without feeling vampy. Ideal for medium-toned skins or worn with a sheer flush of plum on the cheeks, I do dare say that this colour look great on fairer skins too. Like a classic wine, you simply need to balance with a sophisticated palette to pull it off. Described as a creamy matte, it definitely wears and feels like a ‘creamier’ lipstick. Tip: when flaunting a deeper shade like this, fill in your lips with a matching pencil so it wears evenly.

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Définition Lipstick in Le Carmin

For: Medium to dark complexion

This oxblood red is my must-have lipstick when dealing with a naturally darker pigment lip. This earthy shade adds a rich and luxurious statement and stays true to its shade throughout wear without turning muddy or going orange like other reds on this spectrum. There is something really cool and unique about this particular shade, and it reminds me of that early 90’s supermodel look we all love and worship. Wear this dream to feel like an extra in a George Michael video.



Photographer: Steven Chee for maxmade.com.au, Product Reviews, Hair & Makeup: Max May, Written: Alina Berdichevsky, Model: Lydia @Chic Model Management

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