It's pretty much common knowledge that The Radio City Rockettes are superhuman. But if you need more evidence, consider this: These talented ladies not only manage to kick their way through up to four shows a day, but do their own makeup in preparation. Yes, really.
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That in mind, we figured there were no better experts when it comes to recommending truly longwear red lipsticks. After all, if a formula can withstand a 90-minute show and eight costume changes, surely it'll hold on through a second—or third—glass of champagne at your next holiday party. Read on...
1. MAC Lipstick in Red
"With the cold, dry air, MAC in Red is my go-to lipstick. It's got a pinkish hue and is satin, so it glides on easily and nourishes my chapped lips. I also use a MAC lip pencil in Brick for a more finished look on stage." —Kari Gregg
MAC | $18
2. CoverGirl Outlast Lip Color in You're On Fire!
"There are eight costume changes in the Christmas Spectacular, so I find myself sliding a Santa beard on and off my face up to four times a day! This remains perfectly intact and doesn't smudge—so I stay looking glamorous even after doing four shows each day!" —Kathleen Laituri
CoverGirl | $11
3. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo
"I started wearing wearing this shade even before I became a Rockette—it's the classic firetruck-red shade that stays put and reads easily whether I’m on stage or out with friends. I have been wearing this lipstick for nearly 10 years and I still adore it as much today as I did the first time I tried it on. It’s classic Rockette!" —Ashli Bear
MAC | $18
4. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color
"This is a bit deeper in color and super bold. When I wear it on stage during the show, I feel strong just like the Rockettes!" —Alicia Lundgren
Fenty Beauty | $24
5. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss in Shanghai Secret
"My biggest pet peeve is having dry, dull lips during performances and L'Oréal’s gloss provides long lasting color with no dry-out effect! The applicator is fantastic for fine touch ups between shows, which are each 90 minutes long with no intermission!" —Katelin Forss
L'Oreal Paris | $8
6. MAC Retro Matte Lip Color in Feels So Grand
"This stays on throughout the entire show and it even outlasts our Santa beard, which we wear in one number. It's a perfect red that completes the Rockette look!" —Amarisa LeBar
7. MAC Lipstick in Russian Red
"I wore this matte red when I auditioned to be a Radio City Rockette, and now in my second season, it’s what I’ve worn for every show since that unforgettable day." —Shelby Finnie
MAC | $18