The Best Red Lipsticks – Chosen By The Experts
The Best Red Lipsticks – Chosen By The Experts

The Best Red Lipsticks – Chosen By The Experts

Everyone’s perfect red lipstick is out there somewhere, but finding it can be hard. To narrow the search, we asked a range of beauty insiders for their favourites.
By Rebecca Hull

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

Matte Lipstick In Immortal Red, £23 | NARS

Rated By: Rafeeka, Skincare & Beauty Expert 

“I’ve been reaching for this over party season – it’s an oldie but a goodie. An iconic shade, it balances vibrancy with warm undertones that give it a Parisian vibe. It’s the perfect companion to a little black dress.” 

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Posh Lipstick In Moody, £34 | Victoria Beckham Beauty

Rated By: Ruby Hammer MBE, Make-Up Artist & Brand Founder

“I love this deep plum shade that is a nice alternative to traditional red. It’s creamy and rich in tone, but incredibly versatile too – you can have a single sheer layer, or keep swiping it on for something more intense.”

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True Velvet Lip Colour In Velvet Duchess, £26 | Lisa Eldridge

Rated By: Adeola Gboyega, Make-Up Artist

“This is a really deep red that’s perfect for party season. It also suits all skin tones with a flattering velvety finish I can’t get enough of. The pigment is unlike anything else.”

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Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick In Zip, £14 | Glossier

Rated By: Celia Burton, Make-Up Artist

“I love a couple of layers of this for a sheer wash of colour that looks healthy and soft. To give it an extra festive kick, I’ll layer a lip gloss on top to enhance the colour and give it a luxe-looking sheen.” 

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Rouge Pur Couture Slim Lipstick 01 Rouge Extravagant, £30 | Yves Saint Laurent

Rated By: Jessica Kell, Make-Up Artist 

“For a bit of glamour, I always reach for this lipstick from YSL. It gives amazing coverage with a single swipe. I love the soft-focus finish that gives lips a blurred effect – which is very on-trend. The shape of the lipstick means you can draw on a perfect cupid’s bow too, even after a drink or two.”

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Lip Colour Matte In Ruby Rush, £44 | Tom Ford Beauty

Rated By: Cat Parnell, Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist 

“You can’t beat this. It’s my absolute favourite red – sophisticated and full of rich colour, it lives up to its luxe status. Plus, you only need a little – this will last a full evening with no smudges or flaking.”

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

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.” 

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Matte Velour Lipstick In Pop Art, £29 | Code8

Rated By: Ashley Dayes, Make-Up Artist 

“I always wear this shade at this time of year. It’s so vibrant and really lifts any look. It has orange undertones which help to warm skin up, while the texture is creamy and smooth – it’s so easy to apply.”

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Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colour In Uncensored, £22 | Fenty Beauty

Rated By: Levi-Jade Taylor, Make-Up Artist

“If you want a really precise and well defined red lip, you can’t go wrong with this liquid lipstick from Fenty. It’s so easy to use and sculpt your lips with, while the colour is vibrant yet flattering. It’s long-wearing too – you’ll find it doesn’t budge all night.”

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Lip Lift Kit, £21 | Make Up By Mario

Rated By: Sophie Tilley, Make-Up Artist 

“I’m loving this Lip Lift Kit which went viral when it first launched. The ‘Power Red’ shade is incredible – a suede, matte formula, it gives a modern yet comfortable finish, while the liner ensures flawless lip contours and a perfectly smooth result. It’s the perfect kit to throw into your party clutch.”

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Rouge Allure Ink Matte In Signature, £35 | Chanel

Rated By: Zoë Taylor, Make-Up Artist & SL Beauty Contributor 

“My current favourite red has to be this one by Chanel. It’s the most beautiful colour and texture, and one of those reds which suits everyone. It really lifts a dull, lifeless complexion.”

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