The Best Red Lipsticks, Chosen By The Experts

The Best Red Lipsticks, Chosen By The Experts

There’s the perfect red lipstick out there for everyone but, with so much choice, finding it can be hard. To narrow the search, we asked a range of beauty insiders to name their favourites.

All products on this page have been selected by our editorial team, however we may make commission on some products.

Bite Beauty Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipstick In Hot Tomato, £25

Rated By: Adeola Gboyega, Make-Up Artist & SheerLuxe Beauty Contributor  “This gorgeous, bright red is universally flattering and ideal for party season. The creamy texture feels so lightweight but lasts better than others I’ve tried, so you can be assured it won’t smudge or feather.”  Available at

Givenchy Le Rouge Luminous Matte Lipstick 333, £29

Rated By: Cat Parnell, Pro Make-Up Artist  “Givenchy’s 333 shade is a perfect, blue-toned red which looks good on so many people. The demi matte formula feels lightweight on the lips but delivers the most beautiful colour payoff.” Available at

Byredo Lipstick In Red Armchair, £35

Rated By: Zoe Taylor, Make-Up Artist & SheerLuxe Beauty Contributor  “This is so creamy and has plenty of rich pigment that wears well as the evening or day goes on. It is matte – but never too drying – and it stays put for hours. Plus, the colour really does suit everyone.” Available at

Armani Beauty Lip Power Vivid Colour Long-Wear Lipstick In 401, £32.50

Rated By: Ruby Hammer MBE, Make-Up Artist  “Velvety and luxurious on the lips, this is my perfect Christmas red. It’s tone complements every make-up look – from pared down to full-on glam.”  Available at

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Cruella, £22

Rated By: Katie Jane Hughes, Make-Up Master  “I’ve loved this red for years. The rich ruby quality  is so sophisticated, while the crayon-style pen allows you to sculpt lips and really push the colour in for longer wear.”  Available at

Vieve Modern Matte Lipstick In Muse, £19 

Rated By: Levi-Jade, Make-Up Artist  “The perfect red for a spectrum of skin tones – this has the kind of warmth to it that immediately brightens up any complexion. It’s festive, but great for year-round wear.”  Available at

Lisa Eldridge Plush Matte Velvet Lip Colour In Velvet Ribbon, £26

Rated By: Kenneth Soh, Make-Up Artist   “Lisa’s lipsticks are so beautiful. This red one is vivid but flattering, with a soft, velvety finish that’s comfortable all day long. It’s also incredibly easy to apply – ideal for lipstick novices.” Available at

Givenchy Sheet Matte Rouge Velvet In No. 37 Rouge Graine, £29

Rated By: Lo Moorcroft, Make-Up Artist  “The velvet texture of this lipstick makes it a joy to apply. You can keep the colour soft by applying it with a brush or your finger, or go direct from the bullet for extra oomph.”  Available at

Lisa Eldridge Plush Matte Velvet Lip Colour In Velvet Morning, £26

Rated By: Lisa Potter-Dixon, Make-Up Artist & Beauty Author “There isn’t a single box this lipstick doesn’t tick. The texture is so smooth and the satin finish is unbeatable. As for the colour, it’s bright, but still wearable – ideal for both day and night. It’s probably my favourite red of all time.” Available at

Byredo Red & Blue Lipstick, £35

Rated By: Morgane Martini, Make-Up Artist  “This is my go-to red right now. It’s the ultimate party lipstick – fun, vibrant but never too garish. I absolutely love it.”  Available at

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, £17.50

Rated By: Sophie Tilley, Make-Up Artist “Ruby Woo is an iconic lipstick colour. It’s also MAC’s bestselling red – for good reason. It suits every skin tone, offers 12-hour wear and never transfers. The powdery matte texture is so timeless, while the vivid blue-red undertones make your teeth look really white.” Available at

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