When we think of the perfect red lip, there’s one name that comes to mind immediately: Taylor Swift. And not just because we’re clinically obsessed with her (okay, maybe a little) – the girl just knows how to nail a red lip (and blonde bangs).
Swift’s name has been synonymous with red lipstick since she first wore it back in ‘09 on the cover of Allure. And ever since, we’ve been hoping she’d drop a lipstick line of her own – or at least collab on a new shade with her bestie Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty.
But the singer is as tight-lipped about her beauty routine as she is about her love life so finding her go-to lip products proves difficult even for the most seasoned Swifties.
The question "what lipstick is Taylor Swift wearing?" has been on everyone's lips since Swift stepped back into the spotlight during her Eras Tour and those iconic NFL games supporting her boyfriend, Travis Kelce (AKA the guy on the Chiefs). That was, until, legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath spilled the tea on Swift's entire Eras Tour makeup look.
And now McGrath has done it again, seemingly confirming exactly what lip colour Taylor Swift wore at the Super Bowl. The lipstick that stayed on during that kiss...
What red lipstick does Taylor Swift wear?
Mere hours after Swift and Kelce closed out the big game with the cutest PDA, McGrath took to Instagram stories to share a snippet of the two lovers with a link to "shop kiss-proof lipsticks". And, to nobody's surprise, it led right to a new shade of McGrath's own cult-favourite lipstick line.
The culprit in question? Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in 'Forbidden Love' ($68 at Pat McGrath Labs).
Upon further investigation, it appears the "ultimate classic red" shade is the perfect match for Swift's Super Bowl red lip. If you've tried any of the Matte Trance Lipsticks before, you'll know how pigmented and velvety the product is. It drenches your pout in velvety matte coverage in just one swipe, with a weightless, long-lasting finishs. We didn't see Swift reapply her lipstick once throughout the game, which speaks volumes of its staying power – or perhaps Sabrina Carpenter shared her favourite lipstick hack.
Unfortunately this particular shade isn't available at Australian Sephora stores just yet, so if you were hoping to snag the perfect red lip to complete your Eras Tour makeup, you may have to source locally. Luckily, we’ve done an extensive deep dive (important work!) and come up with a list of the exact red lipsticks Taylor Swift has worn throughout her career.
@beautycrewau Taylor Swift really is that girl 👀 She meant it when she said “I’ve got that red lip, classic thing that you like”, and we need to know exactly what she was wearing on her lips at the NFL. So we found all of Taylor’s favourite red lip products, including her eras tour makeup staple 💋 #taylorswiftnfl #taylortravis #taylorswiftredlipstick #redlipstickgirl #erastourmakeup ♬ When I Ride - Ashley Mehta
Taylor Swift's favourite red lipsticks
Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST Legendary Wear Lipstick in ‘Elson 4’
This matte red liquid lipstick is the MVP of Swift’s Eras Tour glam and can also be spotted in her signature looks from the “Bejeweled” music video. This lipstick promises a velvety, soft-matte finish that lasts up to 12 hours and won’t dry out your lips. Just make sure you have a good cleansing balm on hand to remove it because the lipstick saw Swift through a rainstorm and didn’t even budge.
$60 at Pat McGrath Labs
M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’
If you’re a Swiftie, chances are you already have this iconic shade in your red lip rotation. In fact, Swift has been wearing the shade since around 2015, when she told People she’d “recently discovered Ruby Woo by MAC, which I think everyone knows is a staple. I was the last person to discover it.” It’s no secret she loves a blue-red hue, and this one is as vibrant and fade-proof as they come. The classic matte finish lasts up to 12 hours with no smudging or flaking in sight so you too can nail that ‘red lip, classic thing’ that Swift does so well.
$37 at The Iconic
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Dragon Girl’
This is the exact shade Swift wore in her infamous 2014 Met Gala look (IYKYK) and one that has featured heavily on stage and in red carpet looks throughout her career. “I have a lot of go-tos as far as red lipstick, but one that really can’t go wrong is Dragon Girl by NARS,” she told MTV back in 2014. The buildable matte formula is enriched with vitamin E, so it glides on like a dream and delivers an ultra-vibrant finish without flaking or drying our your lips. Swift is re-entering her "1989" era so chances are this one will be in high rotation over the coming months…
$43 at MECCA
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in ‘Pirate’
Chanel’s Rouge Allure lipstick is both Swift- and editor-approved (we’re obsessed). You can spot Swift wearing the shade on the November 2013 cover of InStyle, and we’re placing bets that she keeps a bullet or two of this cult-favourite lip colour in her makeup bag. The lipstick delivers a bold, vibrant wash of colour in one swipe, with a luminous satin finish that’ll make your pout pop.
$65 at Chanel
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Georgia Nelson is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty & Social Editor and resident Euphoria obsessee. You'll find her hard at work putting the latest TikTok beauty trends to the test or perfecting her skin care routine. Her latest obsession? Nailing the glazed donut aesthetic (move over, Hailey Bieber).