There are just some celebrities that consistently have the best makeup looks. One of the leading ladies that we’re talking about? Vivian Hsu, of course.
We are sure those who have witnessed her red carpet entrance at the 55th Golden Horse Awards are inclined to agree. From her luminous complexion to her perfectly winged liner, she was a vision in red.
One of the most notable aspects of her look? Her red lip, of course. Not only does it complement her dress amazingly well, it also flatters her skin tone immensely, allowing her complexion to look downright ethereal.
Apparently, Vivian Hsu swears by a particular lipstick in a specific shade to achieve radiant-looking complexion. The secret is out: it’s the Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte in #82, Tapis Rouge.
This intense red with blue undertones may seem intimidating at first sight, but we guarantee that it is a lot easier to pull off than you think. You can pick up one of your own at Lancome beauty counters located in major departmental stores such as Tangs, with it retailing at SGD48 each.
We can foresee it selling out quick, so we’d snap them up, if we were you! If not, consider these other lipsticks instead. They come in similar (and sometimes exact!) hues that can give you the intended effect.
1. MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
This cult red lipstick fave has (rightfully) earned its stripes as one of the most versatile and wearable reds of all time.
Providing intense colour payoff as well as a matte finish, the MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo is close to an exact match to the Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte in Tapis Rouge.
Of course, this one is slightly more affordable than the other, so you should definitely add it to your shopping list if you’re looking to save on a few bucks.
The MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo is available at all MAC Cosmetics boutiques, major department stores, as well as selected Sephora outlets. It retails at SGD33.
2. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate
Formulated to imitate the exact same shade of red donned by the iconic Coco Chanel, the Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate effortlessly adds a hint of luminousity to any skin tone. (Seriously, it is right there in its name!)
A long-lasting formula that still remains comfortable, we bet that this is going to be a staple in your routine once you start. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
The Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate is available at its beauty counters in major departmental stores, such as Tangs. It retails at SGD66.50.
3. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colour in Uncensored
The first of Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paints, the shade Uncensored was dubbed as an universally flattering blue-red, suiting just about any age and skin tone.
Sounds about right to us! You can expect this bright red hue to glide on to lips with ease and style, providing high impact colour all whilst requiring low maintenance (yes, that means minimal touchups).
The Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colour in Uncensored is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD36.
4. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
Widely regarded to be one of the best kept beauty secrets in Asia, the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red is apparently an essential to MUAs.
For some reason, it looks particularly great on Asian skin tones, with it gracing Vogue China covers all the time. Whoa! The unique texture blends from creamy to silky, providing long-lasting colour without causing drying or flakiness.
The Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD19.
5. Pat McGrath Mattetrance Lipstick in Elson
Yes, Pat McGrath products are available in Singapore now, and if you only could buy one item, we would 100% recommend the Pat McGrath Mattetrance Lipstick in Elson.
Not only is it virtually an identical match to the Lancome Tapis Rouge, it also delivers on a super creamy, powerful pigment that is infused with optical diffusers to blur out the appearance of imperfections. Yup, that means dry skin flakes and deep-set lip lines are completely eradicated with this baby.
Sign us up!
The Pat McGrath Mattetrance Lipstick in Elson is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD59.
6. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso
Stila has always been known for their legendary liquid lip formulas, so we can’t say we’re surprised that they made the list. The shade Beso is remarkably similar to the Lancome shade, brightening skin all while turning heads with its bold, innovative hue.
Apparently, it can stay on your lips for six hours of continuous wear, with the weightless formula only making the experience all the more comfortable.
The Stila Stay All Liquid Lipstick in Beso is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD32.
7. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Creeper
Want something that is completely transfer-proof? Opt for Colourpop’s Ultra Matte formulas, then. The shade Creeper is a perfect imitation of the Lancome Tapis Rouge, and costs less than half the price, too.
It can get a little drying, though, so we recommend doing some prep-work the night before. Exfoliate your lips, and swipe on a coat of lip balm before applying this on for colour that simply refuses to budge!
The Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Creeper is available on its site. It retails at SGD8.90.
8. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl
This vivid siren red is a big hit amongst beauty junkies, and for good reason, of course! Not only is the shade super flattering on most, it is saturated with rich pigments that gives you a divine, velvety matte finish.
Talk about super comfortable! Plus, it can be used for lining, all-over lip colour, and can be paired with other products too. Its multi-functional capabilities also makes it really great for travel, so if you’re restricting yourself to a single shade every time you fly, let it be this one.
The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl is available at all Nars boutiques as well as at selected Sephora outlets. It retails at SGD38.
9. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Really Red
A brilliant formula for those looking to dip their toes into the red lipstick pool, the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Really Red is versatile, adaptable, and oh-so-easy to wear.
It is also lightweight, comfortable, moisturising, making it the perfect product for beginners. Their classic shade Really Red is a great dupe for the Lancome Tapis Rouge, providing a great drugstore alternative if you’re not into luxe lipsticks.