This is my combination for perfect red lips. MAC Russian Red or MAC Red lipstick on top of a base of chicory lip pencil, a muted red brown (this is actually a great pencil for under ANY lipstick, I haven't found one yet that it doesn't work with). On top is MAC plushglass in power supply, a really complex gloss with pinks, browns, and golds. It adds just enough shimmer but tones down the red enough to make me feel comfortable wearing red lips during the day. Perfection.