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Crimson Tide: The Different Types of Red Lips and How To Pull Each One Off

Ah, red lips! The one trend many women love but are too afraid to try. Possible reasons could be: The fear of not being able to pull it off, or the fear of staining everything in sight, or even—not knowing what shade works for them, and in what finish!

READ: How To Find The Best Red Lipstick That Will Flatter Your Skin Tone

This classic makeup look has long been celebrated, and one that Hollywood loves to put on a pedestal for its timeless appeal. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so what better way to shake things up in your beauty routine than with a classic red lip? Armed with the the red lip lesson ahead, you'll soon be sporting that hue you've been avoiding, and your beau won't know what hit him! 


Stain away

Can’t commit to a full red lip? Stains and temporary lip tattoos are the way to go. These products offer a slightly more natural look, perfect for daily wear or casual dinners. Staining one’s lips proves to be the route of choice for effortlessly pretty ladies.

Editor's Tip: Apply one swipe on your lips, followed by smudging using your fingers or a lip brush. The key to making it last? Let it sit and blend with your lips for a few minutes to achieve an effortless finish.

Get the look:

Benefit Benebalm, SM Megamall

ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner in Crimson & Clover. At

K-Palette Lasting Lip Tint Stick in Juicy Red. At Beauty Bar


Orange you glad

While red lipstick is a classic, its shades can vary to create fresh new looks. This season, runway shows like Sies Marjan and Dolce & Gabbana opted to go the bright red orange route—such a fiery beauty look, if you ask us. This hue works best with complexions that have a tan, or warmer to medium skin tones.

Editor's Tip: Avoid going too orange by opting to go for a shade on the redder side of the color wheel. Now is not the time to go for neon or tangerine to keep the shade flattering for most skin tones.

Get the look:

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick in I Live For. At

Chanel Rogue Coco Shine in Poppy Orange. At Rustan’s

Rodin Lip Wardrobe in Arancia Adore. At


True blue

We saw a truly flattering shade of red at the Temperley London, Max Mara, and Saint Lauren S/S 2018 runways—that of blue red, a less fiery, less orangey hue that exudes a certain level of sass and class. This hue works well with skin tones that have cool undertones, so ladies on the opposite end of the spectrum should avoid this. 

Editor's Tip: Make sure your lipstick doesn’t budge by slathering on a lip primer before applying lip color. Finish off with a setting spray to have statement lips all day long!

Get the look:

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson. At

M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo. At SM Aura Premier

L'Oreal Paris Rouge Signature in I Dream, at SM Beauty


Gloss over

If you haven’t heard, high shine is the name of the game this season, with designers like Phillip Plein and Naeem Khan opting to slather tons of gloss over models’ lips for their shows. You too can cop this look by getting a tube of clear gloss that you can layer over practically any lip shade.

Editor's Tip: Avoid lipstick stains on your teeth by doing it the old-school way: Blotting off excess lipstick on tissue, and making sure you don’t swipe too much lipstick in your inner lips.

Get the look:

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Muse. At

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. At


To get more red lip inspo, scroll through our gallery of celebrities who rocked the look:


Liza Soberano by Mickey See; Bea Alonzo by Ting Duque; Vivoree by Anthea Bueno; Maine Mendoza by Anthea Bueno; Catriona Gray by Jelly Eugenio; Anne Curtis by Robbie Pinera; Pia Wurtzbach by Gery Penaso; Coleen Garcia by Pong Niu


This beauty editorial originally appeared in METRO Magazine's July 2018 issue and has been repurposed for Metro.Style

By Kate Paras-Santiago
Photography Seven Barretto
Makeup Mickey See
Hair Renz Pangilinan
Styling Gelie Manansala
Nails Luz Fortuno of Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon
Model Daniella of LVX Models

Lead photos from @tingduque, and @antheabueno