I love red lipstick. With the exception of a few rare circumstances it is the only lip colour I wear. It actually took me a few tries to find the perfect colour for my complexion, so I decided to ask 8 inspirational women (of several shades and tones) what their favourite red lip colour is so you don’t have to go through the trouble.


Torontoshay xo


Kéla (pronounced ‘Kayla’) Walker is one of my instagram crushes.  She’s got a hat collection that would make June Ambrose proud and a red carpet itinerary that would make most fashion girls swoon. When Kéla (a Cancer) isn’t on the red carpet at the Met Ball, Emmys or TONYs, she is a Television Host and Producer working in the Big Apple.  If you follow Kéla on instagram, you probably already know that a red lip is her go-to. Her top two faves are Bawse Lady by The Lip Bar and Fiery by Stila

Charmaine A.K.A “Charmsie” Daudu is a DIY style and beauty vlogger who I like to call the Fairy Godmother of Halloween Fabulosity Realness! When October rolls around Charmsie comes up with cute and fab ideas that give everyone LIFE. Charmsie is a Taurus and is based in ATL by way of Toronto and is a new mama to the cutest little boy named Zendé.  Her favourite red lippy is “Bawse” liquid lipstick by Smashbox Cosmetics.

I can’t say enough about my friend and talented photographer/videographer Onyi Moss. She’s a Leo (born on the same day as Madonna) so you know she’s badass and she is one of the most talented and inspiring creators that I’ve had the good fortune of crossing paths with. I recommend stopping what you are doing right now so that you can visit her Instagram page and watch her stories.  Everything that she does is simply breathtaking.  You can thank me later.  Her signature reds are Ruby Woo mixed with Diva (both by M.A.C.)

Lola Plaku is the definition of a BOSS. Rubbing shoulders with Drake, Cardi B and Diddy is just another day on the job for Lola.  As an artist management and branding expert, her instagram page reads like a “who’s who” of Hip Hop.  When Lola isn’t making major moves for French Montana or Belly, she’s working on giving back through one of her latest ventures “Be A Girl Connected”. Lola’s go-to red is Matte Red Lipstick by Too Faced.

The first time that I met Mirian I was immediately taken aback by her striking beauty.  At the time, I had no idea who she was.  But I knew that I wanted to meet her, so I walked up to her and introduced myself and was welcomed immediately by her warmth and positive vibes.  You may recognize Mirian from Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” video where she bravely shares how the differences that once made her feel insecure later became her greatest STRENGTH. Mirian doesn’t know this but the first time I watched, I cried. And, trust me, you will too.  Apart from slaying in campaigns with Uniqlo and Nike, Mirian is founder and CEO of Shop Sororum. Her signature red is “Orange dream” by ELF Cosmetics.

Destiney (a Cancer) is EIC of @Momcrushmonday and co-founder of Majoring in Motherhood (a business leadership group for women). And that’s not all, Destiney also runs her daughter’s Girls Empowerment Platform (The Honor Code) and is about to start her own makeup line (appropriately) called Lip Crush Monday! Destiny has been an e-mentour to me since the beginning of the year and I can’t rave enough about how much  she has helped me grow and learn in this crazy blogging world that I now live in.  Destiney is wearing the red lip colour from her new line.


Emilie Mckenzie is an Aries and blogger behind European based Mes-Dames.com. Photos from her destinations are a wanderluster’s dream and her style is equally impeccable. Classic & Chic. I stumbled across Émilie’s instagram page a few years ago and I’ve been a loyal follower ever since. Émilie wears Armani Lip Maestro in shade 400 with the Guerlain Lip Pencil in Rouge No. 21.

Besides being a Pisces (the best sign!), Lola Akinkuowo A.K.A @ThinkPoppy is the head Educator and Bloggerpreneur behind TheBloggerEtiquette.com where you will find all kinds of tips and tricks to help ladies like you and me kill the blogging game. Her free branding guide (that you can get on her Instagram page) has helped me re-align the direction of my blog and I highly recommend it.  Lola’s signature red is Cherry Blossom by Coloured Raine.

And last but not least! Shannae Here, Blogger in Chief of TorontoShay.com! I’m a Pisces/Aquarius cusp that truly harbours qualities of both signs. The Pisces in me makes me a dreamer but the Aquarius side of me helps me execute my dreams.  My go-to red is M.A.C. ruby woo lined with M.A.C.’s Cherry Lip Liner. I literally wear it every time I go out with pretty much every outfit that I wear. I highly recommend it 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Please share your favourite lip colours in the comments below!

TorontoShay xo


  1. December 1, 2017 / 10:43 am

    I love a good red lip! Thanks for the tips.

  2. Taylor Aube
    December 1, 2017 / 11:20 am

    I love this so much! Such a fab post babe, red lipstick is my favorite!

  3. December 1, 2017 / 11:24 am

    This is such a cute post idea!!!

  4. Bev
    December 3, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    I love this list. I actually just bought Bawse Lady because I saw it on Kéla Walker. I may have to check out the others that you listed.

  5. Liz
    December 3, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I’m still trying to find the best red lip color for me. It’s so hard to narrow it down lol!


  6. Anna Baun
    December 3, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I am all about a great red lip! Such a fin post! XO


  7. December 3, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Red is definitely my fave go to color

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