Powerful, timeless, and oh-so-glamourous, the impact of a red lip is undeniable. As Coco Chanel once said, “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” The allure of confidence in a tube is intoxicating, but the quest to find your perfect shade can be tricky, for sure. After trying on maybe 10 different brands and shades at a Sephora several years ago, I happened upon my soulmate shade at a department store instead: Chanel’s Rouge Allure in Palpitante. I love it so much that I even wore it when I married my soulmate.
Reds are cool, bright, romantic, optimistic. But a little dark romanticism can be pretty magnetic, as well, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in a burgundy lip color. Wearing a bold red or burgundy can turn a bad day good, but its the deeper, darker shade that can also turn a good girl bad. There is something so rebellious, so sensual, so badass — and so on-trend — about a burgundy lip. Perhaps taking a hint from its close relative marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015, dark pouts were all over the fall runways. Like its red relatives, there is bound to be a perfect shade, consistency, and coverage for everyone; you just have to dig. To get you started, here are eight to try or choose from: