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Red lipstick is undeniably the LBD of makeup. Rocking a crimson lip instantly adds effortless sex appeal and sophistication while instilling in you a Sasha Fierce-like level of confidence. Does that mean you’ll be strutting down an imaginary catwalk to "Flawless" all day? Probably not, but there's no denying a fiery pout is a classically glamorous statement look with some serious staying power.
That said, many women often shy away from wearing a scarlet hue. Why? Red lipstick can be hard to maintain, the formulas tend to be drying, and the application can take more time than some prefer to spend on their primping. And, then there are some women who fear they can’t pull it off. We're here to tell you that's false — anyone can rock a red lip. While we can certainly relate to the drawbacks of wearing a bold shade — we’ve all suffered the awkward, "you’ve got lipstick all over your teeth" situation — we still insist every woman should give red lips a try.
This is where sheer reds come in to save the day for all bold-lip beginners and matte-lipstick haters. Instead of diving into the deep end where the boldest of cardinal lippies hang out, we're lounging by the kiddie pool with a Popsicle and our sheer red lipstick first. Sound good? This chilled-out option simplifies everything because it's lightweight and moisturizing, yet still adds a pop of cherry-licious color to your pout. To help you on your quest to find a sheer red that’s perfect for you, we rounded up the cream of the subtly tinted crop straight ahead.
What’s your favorite sheer red to rock? Have you tried any of our picks? Let us know in the comments below.