December 22, 2014
Written by Cat Arambulo-Antonio
Categories: Beauty


Tis the season for holiday lips and there’s definitely no color more festive than red! Wearing red lips will never go out of style but I know a handful of women who choose not to wear it because they think they can’t pull it off.


Here’s my secret:

Find the right shade. Pick a shade that goes well with your skin tone. Personally I avoid orange tones and prefer a bright red or a deep red. It depends on my mood.

Less in MORE. Let your lips pop and speak for itself. Don’t over do your eye make up so  you don’t end up looking like a clown.

Color combination. Make sure your outfit and nail color doesn’t clash. My technique: I either go all out in similar shades of red or I’ll wear red lips with a neutral or subdued color outfit. Red lips already make a statement, it defeats the purpose if you make it clash!

Application. Use a lipliner to outline your lips and fill it in before applying the lipstick. Personally I like to use a lip brush so the color goes on more evenly. Master the art of blending!


Here’s the list of red lipsticks that I’ve tried and tested:

MAC Brave Red: It’s not too dark or too light. It lasts for about 4-5 hours and as it wears, it fades evenly. You can build on the color by constantly re applying.

TOM FORD Scarlet Rogue: It’s a stunning shade of neutral-to-warm red. The formula is ultra creamy, lasts at least 4 hours and as it wears, it leaves a lovely red stain behind as it fades evenly.

DIOR Zinnia or Ara Red: It blends well with my skin-tone. It lasts for about 4 hours and it fades evenly. It is probably one of the reds that are versatile because it looks good at night and even better in the evening.

CHANEL Pirate Red: It’s the perfect shade of a deep bright red. It lasts for about 5 hours and it fades evenly. It has to be one of the sexiest that I’ve tried so far.

NARS Mascate or Jungle Red: The Mascate is a deep dark red while the Jungle red is bright. The shades of red is just perfect. The right red without orange and without blue either. I love both because they look elegant, classy, glamourous and are very flattering. It lasts for about 4-5 hours.


My amateur attempt to show you guys how the MAC Brave Red looks. haha! Anyway, just focus on the lipstick: doesn’t it look so festive?!

RED LIPS ARE EVERYTHING! Where’s my husband and the mistletoe?! :)

- Cat Arambulo-Antonio


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