Like many, I’ve gone through various lipstick phases. There was a time I adored a vampy wine-colored lip, and during the Taylor Swift Red era, do I even have to tell you what shade was on my lips? Lately, I haven’t been all that adventurous. I’ve settled into nudes and natural-looking shades. However, I think the “cherry cola lips” trend on TikTok finally broke me free from my neutral prison.
It’s simple. First, you line your lips with a shade of brown liner and then fully fill the lips in with it—it’ll feel like coloring in the lines in a coloring book. Then coat the lips with a red lip and add gloss if desired. The colors balance each other out, so the shade isn’t too bold, but it’s anything but basic. The brown mutes the red, and the red brightens the brown, and they meet in the middle to create a unique shade.
To achieve this look, you’ll only need two to three products. A brown liner, a red lip and an optional gloss. We’ve cherry-picked some of the best shades and formulas to help you nail this look. Mix and match to find your favorite combination.
Lawless Forget The Filler Definer Liner in Burnished ($21)
The creamy formula glides smoothly across lips creating an easy, seamless look. The rich berry brown is the perfect thing to pair with red lipstick for this trend.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Foxy Brown ($25)
The queen of lips, Miss Charlotte Tilbury, has a gorgeous brown lip liner to use as the foundation of this look.
Tower 28 OneLiner Multi-Liner in Draw Me ($15)
This multi-use liner can help tie your whole color palette together. The creamy matte finish makes it easy to fill in the lips fully.
NYX Suede Matte Lip Pencil Lip Liner in Cold Brew ($5)
A bargain and a solid product, this drugstore lip liner will get the job done, and it’ll last all day.
Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm in Thrill ($36)
This viral glossy lip balm has a long list of fans. While giving lips the perfect shine, it also plumps and leaves behind subtle color. Thrill is perfect for a subtle red lip, but if you’re looking for a brown gloss for finalizing the look, Trace is your best bet.
About-face Lip Color Butter in Cherry Red ($15)
Not only is this the perfect cherry red for the cherry cola lip look—it also has a fruity scent to really nail the aesthetic. Since this formula is super glossy, high shine and pigmented, you don’t need to add a gloss on top.
Kosas Weightless Lipstick in Darkroom ($28)
This comfy, long-lasting lipstick is practically perfect in every color it comes in. For this look, try the shade Darkroom to make a bold statement.
Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Vendetta ($39)
This deep red shade from Pat McGrath boasts a beautiful pigment on the lips. Add it on top of brown liner, and you’ll love the way it looks.
Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine in Black Cherry ($12)
For a similar but more affordable look as the Hourglass Balm, try this dupe from Revlon. Shine and color come together to promote a stained-glass lip look.