Orange-red lip colour is one of the hottest trends in 2022 and more of us should wear it. The shade compliments most Asian skin tones and helps warm our complexion up so it looks healthier and brighter.
If you find it intimidating, take a cue from the Koreans who have been embracing orange-red lipsticks for a long time.
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How to wear orange-red lipsticks
- Exfoliate your lips: The bold shade can emphasise on dry flakes on your lips. Give your lips a smooth canvas for the lipstick to glide onto by exfoliating it first. You can do so with a lip scrub or simply by running your toothbrush gently over your lips.
- Use a lip liner: Orange-red shade looks best on a well-defined lip contour. A lip liner (in a similar shade!) can help you outline your lips to accentuate your pout.
- Keep the rest of your makeup understated: Let the bold orange-red lips take centre stage and go easy with the rest of your makeup. Avoid heavy eye makeup so your lips can stand out!
16 best orange-red lipsticks to try
Innisfree Jeju Colour Picker 2019 Vivid Shine Tint 01
The new release from Innisfree, which reflects the ethereal hues of Saebyl Oreum’s night sky, is highly pigmented and leaves vivid lips last a long time. Within a single stroke, your lips become dewy and have a glossy finish that isn’t tacky. To add on to the gloss effect, the tint also has pearl pigments that give your lips that extra glowing, radiant shimmer. Best part? It looks great when you create a gradient lip too! Its versatile wear and gorgeous shade make it one of the most gorgeous orange-red lipstick we’ve seen.
Innisfree Jeju Colour Picker 2019 Vivid Shine Tint retails at SGD16 at Innisfree stores.
2. Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick in Volcanic
The VisionAiry lipstick comes in an extra-sleek bullet that’s so pigmented, it gives you a bold colour within a single stroke. The Triple Gel Technology involved in the production meant that the rich pigment could be integrated with water. The result? A comfortable, lightweight colour that stays where it should be, for six long hours. It’s dewy, soft – and a definite hit.
Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick in Volcanic retails at SGD36 at Sephora stores and online
3. Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte in Orange Sanguine
This shade is as the name suggests – drama. This Lancome lipstick is made with new light powder technology that gives it its bold powdery, ultra-matte finish with a soft-focus effect. Although it is definitely one of the most matte and long-wearing lipsticks around, it’s surprisingly comfortable – it’s enriched with jojoba oil and Proxylane, which supports your skin’s matrix and restores water to your lips. This shade we selected isn’t as deep as the others, but gives off a sultry, sexy orange-red lip look. And honestly, who would say no to that?
Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte in Orange Sanguine retails at SGD49 at Sephora stores
4. Etude House Matte Chic Lip Lacquer in Joyful Grapefruit
This long-lasting lippie dries down quickly to a matte finish and punches in a vibrant colour that’s perfect for achieving that K-beauty faded lips look. All you need to do is brush a little bit of foundation over your lips and lip line, use a cotton swab (or brush) to apply the colour on the centre of your lips, and slowly spread it around. In terms of shade, this is also an orange-red lip colour that will work well on those with warm skin undertone.
Etude House Matte Chic Lip Lacquer in Joyful Grapefruit retails at SGD 19.90 at Etude House stores and Lazada
5. Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in Light My Fire
The Powermatte Lip Pigment is a smudge-resistant (and yes, kiss-proof) lippie that has a quick-dry formula. Despite being so pigment, it is still pretty lightweight and sits comfortably on your lips! Reviewers online especially love the applicator, which is a good substitute for a lip liner!
Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in Light My Fire retails at SGD40, at Sephora stores and online
6. Innisfree Vivid Slimfit Tint 5
With a slim-fit texture that is thin, you can expect this lippie to stay put without drying up your lips. You can build up the texture with this lipstick to either have a more casual look or an absolutely bold one. The tint stick comes in a unique water-drop shape that allows you to line your lips with ease, whilst offering quick, full-lip application as well.
Innisfree Vivid Slimfit Tint 5 retails at SGD15 at Innisfree stores and on Qoo10.
7. Beauty Bakerie Cake Pop Lippie in Sorbet on Sunday
Coming in an uber-cute packaging, the Cake Pop Lippie is a comfortable matte that’ll hydrate your lips while you’re out and about. The formula, which is paraben-free and vegan, isn’t completely smudge-free, but is perfect for those days when your puckers just need a break. It’s also cruelty-free, so if you’re into clean beauty, you know what to do next!
8. Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick in Sunset on Face
It’s long-lasting, silky and delivers a luxurious, vivid hue. The Silk Intense Lipstick is formulated with small colour pigments that enhance its longevity on your lips. It also has moisture-rich extracts so your lips don’t get parched and stay moisturised throughout the day. And take a look at the beautiful colour – if you ask us, we’ll say that this is probably one of the truest orange-red lip colours around.
Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick in Sunset on Face retails at SGD36 at Sephora stores and online, as well as at Zalora
9. 3CE Take A Layer Tinted Water Lip Tint in Iron Red
From popular K-beauty brand 3CE, this delicate lip tint adds a fresh pop of colour that stays there forever and ever. It has a moisturising water formula that leaves lips feeling comfortable – all while delivering a highly saturated payoff. We recommend using this to pull off the faded lips look, and applying a clear gloss on top for a supple, radiant look. Tap on a little bit of tint on your cheeks too for a rosy flush.
3CE Take A Layer Tinted Water Lip Tint in Iron Red retails at SGD24 at Sephora stores.
10. Shu Uemura Supreme Lip Gloss in RD01
Glossy with a brilliant shine and intense colour, your lips will be the stunner of the day. The gloss is enriched with oil emulsified in water to provide for smooth application. It comes with a brand new, innovative applicator that creates a light and ultra-thin coat. Of course, if you’d like more colour, you can build up the gloss for a look that will blind your haters.
Shu Uemura Supreme Lip Gloss in RD01 retails at SGD43 at Sephora stores.
11. BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love in Flame
Infused with next-gen hyaluronic acid, avocado and olive oil, cult favourite BECCA’s lipstick makes for a moisturising and nourishing, yet long-wearing, lip colour. The formula drenches your lips in an ultra-creamy lipstick that’s full of pure colour pigments. Oils reflect light to exude a highly pigmented, luxurious hue – all within a single swipe. It leaves your lips looking 100% kissable as it smooths the appearance of your glorious puckers. One of the best orange-red lipsticks you can find? You bet!
BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love in Flame retails at SGD36 at Sephora stores and online
12. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Santa Sangre
Another favourite amongst the liquid lipstick lovers, this creamy and super rich formula is one of the most long-lasting lipsticks around. It glides onto your pout as smooth as ever before drying down to a true matte finish that’s weightless throughout the day. It’s also formulated with vitamin E and sunflower seed, as well as other ingredients that leaves your lips comfy ‘till the day’s end.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Santa Sangre retails at SGD28 at Sephora stores and online
13. Milani Bold Colour Statement Matte Lipstick in I Am Fierce
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The cult-brand which recently landed in Singapore (finally!) has an ultra rich formula that’ll leave everyone stunned. The easy-to-glide-on formula dries down to a comfortable, matte finish. Infused with the very-hydrating Monoi Oil, this lipstick assures that you needn’t worry about chapped lips – it helps to keep your lips as soft as a cloud and as smooth as a babe’s bum.
Milani Bold Colour Statement Matte Lipstick in I Am Fierce retails at SGD15.15 at Watsons in selected stores and online
14. PONY Effect Outfit Lipstick in Finesse Shot
Created by popular Korean makeup artist, Pony, this intensely pigmented lipstick gives you the glamorous look perfect for nights out. Made with plant-based ingredients like candelilla wax, vitamin E, and babassu oil, this bold lipstick will keep your lips soft and nourished. No wonder so many people call this one of the best orange-red lipsticks they’ve tried!
PONY Effect Outfit Lipstick in Finesse Shot retails at SGD17.95 at Watsons in selected stores and online
15. Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in Cherry Flambe
If there’s one thing this brand is famous for, it’s its absolutely smudge-proof lipsticks that have sworn testimonials all around the world. The fiery shade is also formulated without parabens, is cruelty-free and vegan. Although this lip whip is known for its longevity, it’s super lightweight and only needs a single stroke to fill your lips with bold pigment. For a Korean gradient lip look, slowly dab the lippie using your fingertips!
16. Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson 2
A highly rich and pigmented lipstick, the MatteTrance is creamy and powerful. The colour might be bold and a little intimidating, you will be happy to know that it’s intensely hydrating. Infused with optical diffusers, this lipstick blurs out any imperfections on the lips. The smooth texture glides on your lips and finishes it with a lightweight and slightly powdery colour. If you’re looking for a slightly more luxurious option as your latest orange-red lipstick – this is probably it.
Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson 2 retails at SGD59 at Sephora stores and online