Burgundy Lips

burgundy lip

Whether you prefer to call it oxblood, bordeaux, burgundy or wine, this dark red color is impossible to avoid this season. It’s been seen just about everywhere, ranging from clothes to accessories- and now even to makeup. While I’ve played around with a red lip myself- usually a orange-red version or a matte red, I haven’t ventured into the burgundy color yet.

Sometimes I can be pretty gutsy. Like I mentioned above, the first few times I wore red lipstick in college I got some weird reactions (hey- it‘s not my fault I enjoy makeup and trying out new looks), so I was a bit hesitant to wear this bold shade. I feared I would look too gothic! Since I don’t go fake tanning, my skin isn’t exactly bronzed in the fall or winter. But the celebrities above prove that any skin tone and hair color can pull off this color.

I do think that this shade can be wearable, but it depends on a variety of circumstances including the occasion, your skin tone and your outfit. Here are some tips for wearing a burgundy lip color.

The occasion– This isn’t a shade you should necessarily wear to your work if you have a strict dress code or work with all men. Men for the most part don’t understand lipstick, so I try to avoid it if I’ll be somewhere where there are only men. A dark lip can come off racy or moody at certain places. I think this shade is wearable for a night out, a fancy dinner or event, or as a wedding guest. I’d suggest slowly transitioning into it with a small group of friends before venturing out in public in case you hate it.

Your skin tone- If you are fair skinned, a dark shade can make you appear ghostly or like Morticia Adams. I’d suggest choosing a lighter, berry-toned version of this hue. Blue and pinkish tones will look better with your skin. Make sure to layer on mascara to make your eyes pop so you don’t appear washed out. If you have slightly tanner skin, you can go with just about any shade of this color. If you’re bold enough, try a gloss version or something with some sparkle. For those with darker skin, try a burgundy shade with more purple than red in it. A hint of purple looks great on darker skin tones.

Your outfit– This color looks best when matched perfectly to your outfit (only if ONE item of your outfit is the oxblood shade. If you’re in head-to-toe oxblood, keep your lips natural). It also looks great with neutrals- such as whites, blacks, grays and tans. Any neon or bright colors like green or orange might look odd with this shade.

So, now you’re convinced you can pull this shade off? Here are some of my picks:

burgundy lip stick


(1) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Blackberry”   (2) Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in “Brilliant Bordeaux”   (3) Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in “Burgundy Shine”   (4) Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense in “Satin Blueberry”   (5) MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in “Faithfully Yours”    (6) NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in “Volga”    (7) Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in “Dark Plum Burgundy”   (8) NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Train Bleu” 


  1. Hey Rachel, I hope you had a great weekend?
    I love the colour burgundy, it’s just so rich and elegant. Unfortunately I can’t wear that as a lipgloss as I have sooooooooooooo small lips 😀 thats why I overdose it on clothes and make up hahaha.

  2. As much as I love this look on other people, I just don’t know if I could pull it off myself! For some reason I have a bit of a lipstick aversion. 🙂

  3. I truly agree with you on this burgundy tips….it just cant be worn anytime anywhere.  But thanks for your recommendations…I will go get the MAC one!

  4. I LOVE this trend… so beautiful! I need to find the right one for me… I tried one and it’s just not right for me! Might check out these drug store ones!

  5.  This would be SO perfect for a night out as you mentioned and I am in love with the Nars shade you picked. This is a pretty bold look but I think it’d be perfect to debut for John and I’s next date night. Thanks for all the tips!


  6. Great post. I actually just bought another deep red/burgundy lip colour. I really love it. Will have to try a couple of your selections above, especially the Nars! I love how the same colour looks entirely different on everyone!

  7. I love that first revlon one and the nars… I’ve been wanting to try a dark lip color like this and this post inspired me.  Can’t wait for all the new stuff coming up in November!

  8. I don’t want to be a hater, but this is not a trend for everyone.  The celeb on the far left (Kidman?) looks awful in my opinion.  It’s even iffy on Meghan Fox.  The woman on the far right (Hudson?) looks awesome, though.  Unfortunately, I’m more like the pasty girl on the left 🙁

    1. haha that’s fine! It isn’t for everyone, but for those who can pull it off, there is a formula for everyone! Glosses are lighter and less harsh than lipsticks, etc. Kate Bosworth is on the left- I think she looks pretty!

  9. I’ve totally been wearing burgundy lips lately! And I’m quite pale. One of my favorites is Revlon lip butter in Red Velvet. And you can wear it sheer or intense. 

  10. Great post I’ve been wanting to try this out for a while now. I have the revlon blackberry shade but it actually comes out more red than burgundy. 

  11. I almost never wear lipstick, mostly because of the weird looks in college too! so funny! I’ll have to give this a go again!

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