There are certain shades of red lipstick that have become so iconic you know them by name. There's Ruby Woo, Louboutin, and 999. You might even find yourself asking the question, "are you wearing Pirate today?" Because true red lipstick fans know that each shade is unique—and the ones that have stood the test of time deserve to be revisited again and again.
1 Dragon Girl
An unapologetically bright color that falls somewhere between classic red and pink—it's no wonder Dragon Girl is a favorite of red lipstick queen Taylor Swift.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, $27, narscosmetics.com.
“Modern makeup doesn’t take three hours to put on,” says Shirley Pinkson, a makeup artist and a co-founder of eco-luxe brand W3ll People. Your objective: glowing skin, plush lashes, and a vibrant lip—in five steps.
There’s a good chance you’ve got 10 different shades of lipstick in your makeup drawer but still reach for that tinted balm Every. Single. Day. Whether it's because you don't feel like a grownup in baby pink lips, haven't found the right opportunity for red, or can't figure out how to wear a deep berry shade, there’s always an excuse.
Well, to prove that you can wear color on a daily basis no matter what, Cosmopolitan.com teamed up with Dior celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin to create four stunning beauty looks that deliver serious impact. Here's all the inspiration you need to finally swap your balm for that bubblegum-pink lipstick you've been dying to use.