10 of the best: Red lipsticks for maximum impact
You might think of red lipstick as just a makeup product with the sole purpose of adding that extra ‘wow-factor’ to an outfit-you know, like dressing up for a wedding or polishing off your sexy dress for that special date. Of course, it does serve that purpose too, but it also symbolises something more meaningful.
During the American recession in the early 2000s, people were a lot more mindful of their expenditure. Women made a conscious effort to be frugal with their money, cutting down on a lot of household items and completely limiting their indulgent purchases. However, there was one thing that actually saw a rise in sales - lipstick. Whenever there is an economic downturn, lipstick is a consistent go-to hero product that women buy to feel like they are still able to ‘treat themselves’ without having to worry about spending too much money. They feel like they can still take on the world, look beautiful and don’t have to compromise their beauty routines.This is called - ‘The Lipstick Effect’ (coined during the great depression of the 1930s).
The perfect example? Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old grassroots candidate who infamously wore a bright rep lip with her all-white power suit during a swearing-in ceremony to pay homage the brave women in political history who were told to wear ‘neutral colours’. This bold move landed her a TIME magazine cover.
So we say to you bh’ers yes, a sassy red lip will definitely elevate your beauty game, but it will also make you feel empowered.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the best red lipsticks and we’re not going to lie - it was hard culling this list.
M.A.C Cosmetics, ‘Ruby Woo’
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Reds
INNOXA No Bleed Lipstick in ‘True Red’
Max Factor Colour Elixir Marilyn Monroe
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in 'Idol Red'
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in ‘Vengeful red’
Mecca Max Pout Pop Lipstick in ‘Freedom Fighter’
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in ‘Beso’
Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick in ‘402’
Too Faced Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick in ‘Breakfast Club’
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