The Best Red Lipsticks, Rated By The Experts

The Best Red Lipsticks, Rated By The Experts

There’s a perfect red lipstick out there for everyone but, with so many different shades and textures to choose from, finding ‘the one’ can sometimes feel like an ongoing mission. To help narrow the search, we asked a range of beauty insiders to name their favourites.


Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick in Blood Rush, £35

“This is the most beautiful, classic red lipstick and it has a copper, pearl finish that’s unlike anything else on the market. It also offers seamless coverage in just one swipe, while the sparkly packaging makes a great gift for yourself or a friend this Christmas.” – Adeola Gboyega, SL Beauty Contributor & make-up artist 

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Chanel Rouge Allure Exclusive Creation in Rouge D’Or, £35

“Bright, festive and rich in pigment, this poppy red has a creamy texture that’s easy to apply and it’s an absolute must-have for the holiday season. Even if you’re celebrating at home, this shade is guaranteed to cheer you up.” – Mary Greenwell, A-List make-up artist

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Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lip Colour in Velvet Ribbon, £26

“For this time of year, it has to be Lisa Eldridge’s Lip Colour in Velvet Ribbon. It’s a blue-toned red that’s very flattering – look out for Velvet Dragon, too, which is warmer in tone. Beautifully pigmented, her lipsticks wear so well, yet still feel comfortable and creamy.” – Kenneth Soh, pro make-up artist

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Hermès Satin Lipstick in Rouge Casaque, £58

“My favourite red lip right now is this one from Hermès. Everything about it is chic. The colour is incredibly rich and indulgent, while the formula itself is nourishing and highly pigmented. It’s like a piece of art, and feels amazing when you apply it.” – Zoe Taylor, SL Beauty Contributor & make-up artist

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Carnal, £27.50

“This is my perfect Christmas red. It’s rich in colour and the texture feels comfortable and luxurious on the lips. Universally flattering, it’s a tone that compliments every make-up look – from paired down to full-on glam. Bright with a small hit of orange it looks great on everyone.” – Cher Webb, make-up artist & beauty influencer

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Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lip Colour in Velvet Morning, £26

“These lipsticks are my go-to and this shade in particular is a rich, orange-y red that suits all skin tones – from the palest to the deepest. As for the creamy finish, it reminds me of actual velvet and it feels so luxurious when you apply it from the bullet. Entirely different to everything else on the market, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with it. You can also rely on it to transform any make-up look instantly.” – Lisa Potter-Dixon, make-up artist & author

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Very Merry Cherry Edition, £27

“If you’re after something bright, this is for you. It’s bold, yet the cool undertones ensure it flatters all skin types. I love how creamy and pigmented it is, with a long-wear formula that never feels pasty or drying.” – Morgane Martini, make-up artist, hair stylist & wellness writer 

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Lipstick Queen Sinner Opaque Lipstick in Red Plum, £22

“A rich, burgundy red, this is ideal for winter as it doesn’t require a tan for you to be able to pull it off. Packed with shea butter and jojoba seed oil, it’s hydrating and smooth. While I love a matte formula, balmy, lightweight lipsticks win out in winter as they keep everything looking smooth with no flakes in sight.” – Camilla Hewitt, make-up artist 

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Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour in Flame, £29

“To choose one red is tough, as MAC’s Ruby Woo is iconic. But this smooth, silky formula from Bobbi Brown just takes the lead. Its texture is beautiful and provides seamless application that you don’t need a mirror for. Plus, the shade is very wearable for all – impactful without being overpowering.” – Hannah Martin, make-up artist 

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Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored, £17 (was £20)

“A deep, rich red, this lipstick is the definition of a good matte. It lasts for hours, provides incredible colour and enhances even the thinnest of lips. It’s also weightless in texture, so unlike other matte formulas, you barely know it’s there.” – Valeria Ferreira, make-up artist

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