Wine Lips: Really, Really Pale Girl Edition

Seven picks to give your face a pop of sultry color.

I know what you're thinking: Not another red lipstick post. But a) There are worse things in the world that could happen to you, b) I've pulled super-dark reds/wines, not classic reds, and c) this roundup is the super duper pale girl edition, aka the one I hope emboldens you to get out of your "let's keep it subtle" mentality for at least an evening.

As a performer (and one who's particularly busy during the holiday months), red lipstick is a must. Anything but the boldest shades won't read from the stage, so you can probably imagine that my stash of performance-approved lip products is an impressive one.

My favorites, at varied price points, are as follows.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte, $32

Like all the the lipsticks from the NARS Audacious line, Charlotte is a winner. The formula is sumptuous and silky, allowing the product to glide on evenly and stay put for hours. It's ultra-rich not just in color, but in moisture, as well. Dried out lips can be a real drag, but that's never an issue with Audacious.

Paula's Choice Lip Crayon in Plum, $45 (for four)

This Paula's Choice lip crayon in Plum is part of their Berry & Bright holiday set that includes three other crayons. It's a gorgeous, deep wine shade that's ultra-moisturizing. It requires a little more finessing and attention during the application process,but on the upside, the other colors are beautiful, and you can mix and match them to blend different shades.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Vintage, $15

I know that OCC gets a lot of love around these parts (and across the internet, really). It's for good reason. The formula is easy to apply, it feels soothing on your lips, and the colors are one-of-a-kind.

I am a much bigger fan of the new packaging, which includes a doe-foot applicator that's a breeze to use. As for Vintage, it's slightly lighter than some of the others here, but definitely still a deep wine.

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede, $7

This wine lip color leans slightly brown, but still reads very red. It's made by Palladio, a brand I'm not super familiar with but am growing to love. Suede is quite affordable at $7, and the Velvet Matte formulation is creamy and thick. Though not as matte as some on the market, it has a pillowy, velvety finish that's very flattering and comfortable to wear.

Inglot Lipstick Matte in 409, $15

While Palladio is a little on the brown side, Inglot's 409 lipstick leans more berry. I'd also call it the most matte in this roundup. It's not as easy to tell in a picture versus seeing the color in person, but it creates this "lit from within" glow that has me feeling quite smitten. It's a very true matte and is slightly drying as a result. Worth it for that color, though.

Vincent Longo Velvet Riche Lip Lacquer in Angela, $24

This Vincent Longo lip lacquer is the most subtle of today's picks, so consider it a stepping stone to some of the others. It's a velvety, silky formula that's applied with a doe-foot applicator. Dare I say it's a very flattering color for those of us with ultra-pale skin. It also feels like it's gently nodding to the '90s.

Frankie Rose Lipstick in Cabernet, $16

"That is a seriously red lipstick," were words uttered by my boyfriend to me while wearing this lipstick. TRUTH. It reads even darker in person, and I cannot even tell you how many times it's been complimented. I've actually written about this product on xoVain before, but it's so good that I have to give it another shout out.

  • Are you more of a berry-red, wine-red or classic red kind of lipstick wearer?
  • Which is your favorite from the above?
  • Do you prefer to wear darker lipsticks in the winter?