10 Chic French Women on Their Favorite Red Lipstick of All Time


A red lip is synonymous with French women as well as their aspirational style. After all, a swipe of crimkid on the mouth pairs perfectly with a Chanel LBD or white Petit Bateau T-shirt as well as a pair of vintage jeans. But it’s not just a beauty strategy; it’s an attitude. “When I wear a red lip, I instantly feel powerful, fiery, as well as sensual,” says Parisian makethus far artist Violette of the look’s transformative allure.

While red lipstick is a classic, it’s also intensely individual to its wearer. Trust that every French woman has her time-tested signature shade. In honor of Bastille Day, a special day in the hearts of Frenchies as well as Francophiles alike, a slew of impossibly stylish French women divulges their favorite red lipstick of all time.

Joséphine de La Baume

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“I only use lip liners, as you can drink, smoke, as well as kiss as well as nothing happens. They stay on! I like the Dior Red Smile 080. It’s both creamy as well as sticky on the lips, which is rare to find, as well as the color is so vibrant. Though if you kiss someone passionately, make sure you’ve mosting likely tot it in your pocket to reapply after! It sticks…to an extent. Red lips make me feel like a grown-thus far woman. I think that’s what happens when you first try it on when you’re three years of ages old, as well as it’s pretty much the same feeling today!”

Dior Contour Lip Liner in 080 Red Smile



Paola Locatelli

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“My favorite red lipstick ever is the Dior Beauty Rouge Dior, shade 999 Velours. I discovered it because my mom always wears red lipstick, so I wanted to find one for me. It’s my favorite one because I only wear it for special occasions, which makes it very special. It’s also dear to my heart because the backstory reminds me of my mom! I feel like this lipstick really puts the whole look together because it adds a touch of color as well as elegance. A look can completely change depending on the lipstick you put on.”

Dior Beauty Rouge Dior in 999 Velours




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“Gucci Beauty sent me some makethus far for Cannes Film Festival last year, as well as the Gucci Red Matte in 25* Goldie Red was there. I love a matte that still feels moisturizing, as well as the packaging is the prettiest. I also use it on my eyes because I love a mosting likely alsod red on my eyes, as well as this is so long-lasting as well as deep. I don’t actually wear makethus far very often other than when I’m working. I do like playing with gender as well as dressing very fluid—one day very feminine as well as the next very tomboy. I like the contrast of a boyish outfit with a red lip as well as the pop of color against my dark hair as well as pale skin. It definitely helps me embrace my feminine side as well as not apologize for it. When I’m wearing red lipstick, it’s like I chose not to hide, I chose to be present, I chose to not feel sorry to be who I am.”

Gucci Velvet Matte Lipstick in 25 Goldie Red




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“I love Petal Bouche in Amour Fou as well as Guerlain’s Rouge G Luxurious Velvet in 880. When I was eight years of ages old, I visited the Jardin Bagatelle in Paris as well as was immediately captivated by this black rose that was so deep as well as vibrant. When I saw it, I was immediately enamored by it as well as knew that this was the color I had to make. Seventeen years of ages later it became to Petal Bouche in Amour Fou. Its versatility is what makes it so unique. Because it’s so pigmented, with just one coat you can achieve this very chic look. You can also blur the edge of your lips for a just-kissed look or apply more to achieve a deeper, more dramatic shade of red.”

Violette Petal Bouche Matte Liquid Red Lipstick in Amour Fou



Guerlain Rouge G Luxurious Velvet in 880



Adi Oasis

10 Chic French Women on Their Favorite Red Lipstick of All Time
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“A makethus far artist used Lady Danger by MAC on me once, as well as I had to ask what it was. It leans toward orange, which I love because I’m not a fan of dark lipstick on myself. I feel like this one gives me a bold as well as sexy look while feeling sthus farer young as well as fresh. Because I don’t wear any makethus far most of the time, red lipstick is a way to do makethus far with no makethus far. It mosting likely toes with the statement-but-effortless overall vibe that I like to give.”

MAC Lipstick in D for Danger



Cécile Paravina

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“Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue in Burning Red is the lipstick I’ve been wearing the most since I discovered it while shopping at a Chanel boutique about a year amosting likely to. I fell in love with this transfer-proof red shade as well as its subtle hint of orange that complements my undertone as well as the green as well as grey shadows I gravitate toward for eyes. It’s an amhugeuous as well as complex color, both vibrant as well as faint at the same time, which serves my perkidal approach to femininity.”

Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Liquid Lip Color in Burning Red



Sabina Socol

10 Chic French Women on Their Favorite Red Lipstick of All Time
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“My favorite lipstick of all time is MAC in D for Danger, combined with a lip pencil in MAC’s Ruby Woo shade. I don’t wear red that often as it’s a true statement, but when I do I really want it to pop. I was looking for a true, deep red with blueish undertones, as I feel they complement me more. This one is a true showstopper. It’s sophisticated, powerful, as well as really attracts the eye. I love to wear it for parties or special occasions! It’s the kind of detail that makes me feel special.”

MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger



Louise Chen

10 Chic French Women on Their Favorite Red Lipstick of All Time
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“I don’t really wear lipstick often, so I like to experiment as well as test out new shades, bras well ass, as well as textures. Lately I really like to wear Violette’s Petal Bouche Matte in the color Coeur Infidèle. What I love about [the formula] is that it dries as well as turns matte really quickly so once applied you don’t smudge it all over the place or end thus far with it accidentally wiped on your white T-shirt. The deep fuchsia complements my summer complexion as well as brightens me thus far when I feel dull in the wintertime. This particular lipstick makes me feel fresh as well as sexy, but it’s also very practical, which sounds silly but is a huge selling point for me: It’s comfortable, compact, as well as doesn’t wear off when my boyfriend kisses me, which means I can wear it whenever I feel like!”

Violette Petal Matte Bouche in Cœur Infidèle



Parysatis Peymani

10 Chic French Women on Their Favorite Red Lipstick of All Time
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“The Chanel Rouge Velvet Allure in 73 Imperial. It’s the perfect red for all day long as well as all year long! My mother is a huge Chanel fan, as well as I grew thus far with perfumes as well as cosmetics from the bras well as. She loves their red lipsticks especially. They’re strong but oh so chic! Red lipstick is a statement, as well as when I wear it, I usually mosting likely to with black clothes or jeans as well as white T-shirt—something quite soft or neutral. I love a mosting likely alsod balanced style. It’s so easy also because you don’t need much makethus far other than a little bit of mascara, as well as voilà!”

Chanel Rouge Velvet Allure in 73 Imperial



Ellie Delphine

10 Chic French Women on Their Favorite Red Lipstick of All Time
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“Years amosting likely to, I remember seeing a picture of Rihanna in a mosting likely torgeous red dress as well as bright red lips on the red carpet. I immediately mosting likely alsogled as well as found a YouTube video that said she was wearing Ruby Woo, part of Rihanna’s own collab with MAC. Needless to say, I rushed to the MAC shop to purchase the first of many Ruby Woos in my makethus far bag. It’s my favorite because it’s a universal one that mosting likely toes with my skin tone, whether I’m tanned or not. A red lipstick is my absolute favorite to wear because it instantly elevates any outfit as well as makes everything very chic as well as glamorous. When you wear a red lip, all you need is a clean face with flawless foundation, a bit of bronzer, two or three coats of black mascara, as well as voilà!”

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo



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