One episode into Hum TV’s Ishq Zahe Naseeb was enough to leave everyone enamored with Zahid Ahmed’s performance and red lipstick. Pulling off a difficult character with such ease is no small feat. Pulling off a red lip, on the other hand, is even tougher.
Ask any woman who still struggles to find her correct shade. The red pout on the drama is a character in itself. Whether we watch Sameer slather it on miserably or watch Yumna Zaidi slay it like a queen, this red hue has left us invested in the drama.
If you are a makeup lover wondering what shade and brand it is or how you can achieve a similar look, then fret not. The team at The Rush has gone through hours of trials, testing and applications to find the best red lipstick.
Here are 7 shades which even Sameera would vouch for:
1. MAC – Ruby Woo
Universally flattering on every skin tone, MAC Ruby Woo, is the perfect red for a long-lasting wash of color that lasts morning till midnight. Richly pigmented with blue undertones, its impeccably matte finish gives a seamless coverage with just one swipe.
Exuding sophistication, this red lipstick is effortlessly chic on a woman on the go. The only drawback, however, is its hefty price tag.
2. Medora, Matte Lipstick – Crushed Rose
Although named Crushed Rose, this red lipstick won’t be crushing your bank account any time soon. Super affordable, long-lasting and just the perfect matte finish to last throughout the day, Medora Crushed Rose has us fawning.
Medora has uplifted its makeup game by adding quality shades to its range over the years and this stunning scarlet shade delivers flawlessly. If you are looking for an even deeper red shade that floats your boat, then try Gypsy Rose by the same brand.
3. J. Note, Long Wearing Lipstick – Note Bomb
Infused with Shea butter, this extra creamy lip formula gives a smooth application in every swipe across the lips. Ideal for a long-lasting dab of color, J. Note Bomb is a paraben-free bullet that provides intense moisture to chapped lips.
The name Note bomb is justified too since this fiery red is an explosion of color. It will leave you looking va-va-voom, and that too on a budget.
4. L’Oreal Paris, Color Riche Lipstick – Freida
Freida by Loreal presents a color story specially formulated to suit deeper South Asian skin tones. This pure red shade has pink undertones to liven up the face. The formulation also lasts long enough to forget about re-application for hours.
Even though this red lipstick looks matte when applied, the bullet is created with moisturizing properties, resulting in plump looking hydrated lips throughout the day.
5. Revlon Super Lustrous – Love That Red
Aptly named super lustrous for its super shiny and super moisturizing formula, the Revlon Love That Red applies like a dream on lips. This lightweight formula has a smooth almost lip balm like consistency but does not compromise on the color payoff.
It is adequately pigmented and affordable enough for anyone to experiment with red lips without breaking the bank. The only drawback we noticed, however, was how it transferred onto our coffee cups.
6. HudaBeauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick – El Chinco De Mayo
Huda beauty El Chinco De Mayo lipstick may sound like a mouthful, however, it is one of the finest cool-toned red lipsticks on the market to ever touch your mouth. Its non-drying long-lasting formula paired with a richly pigmented matte look has won favor amongst thousands of makeup lovers.
It is comfortable on the lips and offers an unmatched color payoff found in high-end brands. If the hefty price tag is not a worry for you, then invest in this stunning masterpiece for a classic red lip.
7. Masarrat Misbah Liquid Lipstick – Phenomenal Red
For color that lasts a lifetime and a half, Musarrat Misbah sure knows how to concoct the perfect formula. One of the very few local makeup brands that surpass quality and color payoff, the Masarrat Misbah Phenomenal Red lives up to its name.
The creamy formula dries quickly to an opaque state and offers a vibrant scarlet hue that does not budge from its place, come hail or rain. This is definitely a product every makeup lover needs to have in their bag.