THE BEST MATTE REDS
That’ll take you from now to wow
Lip Color Satin Matte in #28 Shanghai Lily, $76, Tom Ford Beauty
If you’re warm-toned…
The Lip Color Satin Matte in #28 Shanghai Lily by Tom Ford Beauty will be your lipstick bae, with its creamy, satin-matte finish and full-bodied, bright red that brings out the soft golden or olive undertones of your complexion. It’s also great for creating that ultra-voluptuous Marilyn Monroe-esque pout, as it features a first-of-its-kind formula infused with collagen and marine-based fillers.
Rouge à Lèvres Lunaison lip colour in no. 25 Goldie Red, $53, Gucci Beauty
Rosé of Blackpink
If you’re neutral-toned…
Your perfect red is Gucci Beauty’s no. 25 Goldie Red. Touted as creative director Alessandro Michele’s favourite red hue, and the ultimate shade of red that’s universally wearable, this richly-pigmented vermillion rocks a silky, powdery finish that strikes the ideal balance between blue and orange undertones, making it oh-so-apt for women whose complexions who can pull off just about any colour.
Rouge Allure Velvet in 627 Camélia Carmin, $54, Chanel
If you’re cool-toned…
Deep wines and burgundies are made for you. Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in 627 Camélia Carmin is the one you want to swipe onto your lips, for its deep crimson brightens up the whole face and creates the illusion that you’ve got a hint of blush going on. Plus, who doesn’t want to get their hands on the gorgeous case with the stylised camellia flower gracing the cap?
They say fortune favours the bold, so let some of that luck come your way with 2020’s Chinese New Year-themed beauty drops all dressed up in auspicious red and gold. This year’s collectibles include icons such as Nars’ Afterglow Lip Balm in the shades Orgasm and Nuits de Chine, the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX—which comes in a specially illustrated box, designedin collaboration with French atelier Antoinette Poisson—and a new parfum edition of Gucci’s signature Bloom fragrance, the Ambrosia Di Fiori, an even headier floral blend than the original.
Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation, $72, Nars; Gucci Bloom Ambrosia Di Fiori, $235 for 100ml eau de parfum, Gucci
First Care Activating Serum EX 2020, $195, Sulwhasoo
Afterglow Lip Balm, $40, Nars
LIP OF LUXURY
As the final step in your makeup routine, your lipstick is figuratively the crowning element you slick on to give your look that extra oomph. Enter the Luxury Lip Rouge by The History of Whoo, which not only delivers a glossy, pigmented pout but packs a punch with a formula chock-full of nourishing ingredients and two unique herbal complexes that promote collagen synthesis to reduce fine lines on the lips. Infused with extracts of peony, lotus, and honeysuckle, as well as camellia oil, ginseng, and licorice—the latter three known collectively as ‘chunghwasungidan’ (or royal court beauty secrets in imperial Korea), regular application will give fuller, healthier-looking lips.
Luxury Lip Rouge in No. 45 Royal Red, $58, The History of Whoo