Red roses, luxe chocolates, candlelit dinners, and conversation hearts: all of these sweet surprises fall second best to the perfect Valentine’s Day kiss—and I don’t mean the Hershey’s kind! From sizzling red to candied pink, using these lipsticks are sure to amp up your Valentine’s Day bite and prepare you to boldly take on the holiday, one heart at a time!
Hourglass Cosmetics has perfected the art of the no muss, no fuss foolproof red lip. Their Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in the color “Icon” is a classic red that suits every skin tone—yes, every skin tone. The unique formula smooths on the lips as a liquid and dries to a long-lasting matte finish. The coolest part? It looks different on everyone. On deeper tones, the red appears like a dark velvet, and on lighter tones, the red pops, so either way, you are sure to steal the spotlight.
Another holy grail red comes from MAC in the form of “Ruby Woo.” This punchy red lipstick applies opaque with one swipe, and can make even the sweetest of angels look like a Valentine’s Day vixen! Don’t worry about the matte formula drying out your lips—MAC’s lipsticks are formulated with a creamy, hydrating texture that is sure to last all throughout your enchanting evening.
If you’re not sold on the red lip craze, then try your hand at a vibrant pink. Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivids lipstick in the color “Fuschia Flash” is a bright, sparkling pink that is a fun alternative to the iconic red. The Color Sensational Vivids are a line of lipsticks with mesmerizing colors and fantastic pigmentation, and “Fuschia Flash” is no exception.
The bold lip isn’t for everyone, but your lips can be just as enticing with NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Istanbul.” This deliciously smooth formula glides on lips like a dream, giving you a soft, muted pink lip that compliments every look, from dark and sultry to demure and radiant. Bonus perk: the lip cream smells like vanilla cake, adding an extra ounce of sweetness to your darling pout.
Wet ‘n Wild has concocted a lipstick that looks like gumdrops and cotton candy perfection in its “Think Pink” MegaLast Lip Color. For the all-star bargain, this sugary lipstick packs quite the punch, enveloping you in a super pigmented candy floss formula that withstands the test of time. Pro Tip: after applying the lipstick from the tube, blend it in with your finger to soften the color and help it adhere to your lips for a longer lasting wear!
– by Amanda Curran