The Best Sheer Reds For Bold-Lip Neophytes

Photo: Courtesy of Fresh. Photo: Courtesy of Korres. Photo: Courtesy of Josie Maran.
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.
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Photo: Courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent.
A sheer wash of this luxurious balm and your lips instantly appear more sensual. Oh, and the smell happens to be divine, too.
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Photo: Courtesy of Korres.
This hydrating, red balm leaves lips with a rich, darker toned tint that gives off that "just been kissed" vibe.
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Photo: Courtesy of Josie Maran.
All-natural and infused with precious argan oil, this tinted, creamy balm leaves lips feeling wonderfully moisturized.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fresh.
We're big fans of the tint-free version of this lip treatment, so the addition of a wash of cherry-red color only multiplies our love. Bonus: It heals and protects lips with naturally nourishing ingredients and SPF 15.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nyx Cosmetics.
A buttery gloss the shade of red-velvet cake that’s less than five dollars? We’re sold.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bite.
Bite Beauty always brings its lip A game, and this lush pout tint is no exception. Not to mention, the flattering raspberry shade works on all skin tones.
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Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline.
This glossy elixir leaves a sexy shine on the lips, and the goof-proof application takes only seconds.
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Photo: Courtesy of Revlon.
If you haven’t heard by now, crayon-like chubby-stick balms are the latest "thing," and they’re here to stay. This one happens to contain shea, mango, and coconut butters to leave lips cushiony soft.
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