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The red lipstick Taylor Swift swears by and other red go-tos

By Megan Bedford

Taylor Swift wore red lip stick on Super Bowl Sunday
Taylor Swift wore a red lip Super Bowl Sunday
A classic red lip never goes out of style.

Could there be a better person to road-test long-wear lipsticks than Taylor Swift?

The superstar musician has been in the spotlight lately thanks to a new relationship with NFL player Travis Kelce. Lucky for us, she has been rocking her signature red lipstick each time she’s been seen with him. Even at the Super Bowl!

It’s a brave woman that wears a red lip on dates early in a relationship is all we’re saying.

But it’s the fact the star, who has worn – and sung about –  her go-to red lipstick consistently during her record breaking Eras Tour, where she sings and dances her way through her back catalogue and related ‘eras’ for around three hours each night, that’s the true proof she knows her way around a lippy that lasts.

The tour is her most expansive yet, eventually taking in 146 dates across five continents. It is the 33-year-old’s second all-stadium tour after the 2018 Reputation Stadium Tour,  and though she favoured an edgier, deeper lip hue for that outing, she’s a generally been fan of a classic blue-red toned red lipstick for well over a decade.

So with all the capacity for smudging, which lipsticks are going the distance over all these years?

Swift is famously shy with endorsements. Usually keeping many of the products she uses close to her chest, however there have been details shared along the way of her red lipstick of choice.

Taylor Swift talks with friends while arriving at MetLife Stadium before the game between the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs on October 2, 2023. Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Ultra sharp, strictly matte and perfectly lined, the 12-time Grammy winner wears a very similar colour each time. She’s even spelt out her love in lyrics, referring to her signature style in hugely popular songs Blank Space and, what else – Style.

“Cherry lips, crystal skies, I could show you incredible things” she sings in the former, while spelling out her appeal, “I got that red lip, classic thing that you like,” in the latter.

Taylor Swift’s Signature Red Lipstick Shade

The most recent evidence of the actual lip colour she actually wears, is via a revelation from legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath. The famous makeup artist, used her own line of products on Swift for the music video for Swift’s song Bejeweled. McGrath even made a surprise cameo, and subsequently posted a full breakdown of the makeup look on her Instagram.

In it, the star wears the LiquiLust Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick from McGrath’s eponymous brand, Pat McGrath Labs. The shade is a vivid blue-red hue, named Elson 4.

 Best budge-proof red lipsticks 2023

L-R:  Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLust Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick in Elson 4; NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl; Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored; MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

More evidence this product and shade remains a Swift favourite came after Swift’s famously rain-soaked Eras tour stop in Nashville, Tennessee. A tipster to famous celebrity-spotting Instagram account DeuxMoi, revealed a list of products on Swift’s show look supposedly direct from tour crew, made up of solely Pat McGrath Labs products, including the Elson 4 lip colour.

Another of Taylor Swift’s lipstick faves is MAC’s Ruby Woo. She confirmed as much to People magazine in 2015, when she said: “I recently discovered Ruby Woo by MAC, which I think everyone knows is a staple. I was the last person to discover it.”

NARS’s Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Dragon Girl has long been a widespread favourite for it’s easy to use crayon-style format and staying power. Swift herself was snapped using it alongside Karlie Kloss in a behind-the-scenes snap getting ready for the 2014 Met Gala — Swift with the NARS product in her hand.  Proof of it’s wide-reaching appeal, it’s still a best-seller.


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