However you slice it, nothing adds wow-factor like a slick of scarlet lippy. It can make you look pulled together in literal seconds, even if you haven’t got a lick of makeup on, but also adds the perfect finishing touch to a full glam look if you need to take your makeup game from a 10 to an 11.
Whatever you need from it, it always delivers – if you’re working with the right formula, that is.
We expect a lot from our lipsticks these days: We want them to be as pigmented as they are comfortable, and as weightless as they are long-wearing. A pretty tall order, really. But hey, some lipsticks do have the chops to live up to our sky-high expectations, and we’ve tracked down the very best.
Here are the seven most gorgeous yet reliable red lipsticks on the scene…
M.A.C Lipstick in Ruby Woo
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Vengeful Red
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Alarm
Mecca Max Pout Pop Lipstick in Freedom Fighter
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Addiction Lipstick in Scarlet Silhouette
Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Intense Long-Lasting Matte Lipstick in 403
ulta3 Matte Lipstick in Deep Red Rose
LANCÔME L’Absolu Rouge Cream Lipstick
It’s near impossible to upstage Sienna Miller’s creamy blonde locks and dazzling white smile, but Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Cream red lipstick in the shade ‘French Bisou’ ($60, Sephora) seems to have done it. If the BAFTAs were handing out an award for best smile, we think this hydrating, creamy and high-shine lipstick would’ve been a sure thing.
*This article has been updated since its original publication. Main image credit: Getty Images Will you be adding any of these gorgeous red lip shades to your wish list? Are there any other red lipsticks you love?
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