Hair & Beauty

The Best Red Lipsticks To Wear With Everything In 2021

By Phoebe Youl
30th Jun 2021

A collage of red lipsticks

We love a quick fix, and when it comes to makeup, there's no better quick fix than a red lip.

Whether used as a mood-boosting tool, a bold distraction, or as a power play, there are many reasons why a great red lip is regularly hailed as the ultimate makeup solve-all. Simply put, for many, red lipstick is the symbolic cherry-on-top of your regular makeup routine. 

However, when it comes to finding the right one, the simple act of applying a red lip can start to feel a whole lot more complicated than swiping on your favourite shade. While it may be a classic, there isn't just one colour (or formulation) perfect for everyone. From blue-based reds to bright orangey hues, subtle glossy formulas, and lip-stains, the options for wearing red are potentially endless—and entirely personal. 

To help simplify the process, we've pulled together a list of the best reds, arranged by colour and type, so regardless of individual preference, you can take your pick from the top tier (according to us at least).

Read on below for our favourite red lipsticks to wear in 2021.  

The Best True Red Lipsticks

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red

PRICE: $40.55

This richly pigmented true red tone was inspired by Hollywood bombshells. Shop here

Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick in Ginza Red

PRICE: $39

Enriched with gel technology, this lipstick has a vibrant colour payoff with comfortable wear. Shop here

Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Lip Oil in Pipsqueak

PRICE: $68.83

Amplify lips with this weightless hydrating formula for a pop of colour and sheen. Shop here

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

PRICE: $41

The pencil-shaped design is perfect for lining, defining, and filling in lips. Shop here

Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick in Constance Vermillon 

PRICE: $63.61

Lightweight, creamy, and long-wearing, this shade was inspired by old Hollywood. Pricey, but absolutely worth it. Shop here

The Best Orange-Red Lipsticks

Armani Beauty Rouge D'Armani Lipstick in Fire Red

PRICE: $58

This unique formula gives lips up to 8 hours of intense colour with the comfort of a balm. Shop here

LANCÔME L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Isabella

PRICE: $55

Infused with moisture-boosting properties, this formula imparts high colour minus dryness. Shop here

Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Satin in Agatha Orange

PRICE: $60.41 

This silky formula is enriched with emollients to leave a creamy finish. Shop here

The Best Blue-Red Lipsticks

Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Gabrielle 

PRICE: $58

Bright and juicy, this classic blue-red shade features just a hint of sparkle. Shop here

CODE8 Matte Velour Lipstick in Opera

PRICE: $46.91

Create a Hollywood pout with this comfortable and ultra-buildable formula. Shop here

Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous Lip Colour

PRICE: $74

This limited-edition lipstick is bright, bold, and sure to make a statement. Shop here

The Best Pinky-Red Lipsticks

Gucci Baume à Lèvres in René Pink

PRICE: $57

Balmy and buildable, this formula is the perfect soft wash of colour for a subtle finish. Shop here

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Second-Skin Intense Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Deep Pink 

PRICE: $58

Waterproof and ultra long-wearing, this second-skin liquid lip colour has an impeccable hold. Shop here

The Best Deep Red Lipsticks

Burberry Beauty Burberry Kisses in Oxblood No.293

PRICE: $52.14

Oxblood is a deep red that can be built from a lip tint to a full coverage finish. Shop here

Kosas Weightless Lip Colour in Darkroom

PRICE: $42

This creamy, rich burgundy lipstick blends hydrating plant oils with bold colour. Shop here

Ilia Color Block Lipstick in Rumba

PRICE: $53.18

This deep red lipstick contains sunflower seed wax to seal in moisture for a creamy finish. Shop here

The Best Berry Coloured Lipsticks 

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Bette

PRICE: $52

These iconic lipsticks offer bold, saturated, and long-lasting colour that won't bleed or feather. Shop here

The Best Universally Flattering Red Lipsticks

M.A.C Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

PRICE: $30

Universally loved, this bold and bright red features intense colour payoff in a fade-proof formula. Shop here.

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

PRICE: $20

Thanks to its formula enriched with avocado oil, this matte liquid lipstick feels super comfortable. Shop here

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate

PRICE: $58

Ultra-thin pigments provide an intensely luminous colour coupled with comfortable wear. Shop here

Westman Atelier Lip Suede in Les Rouges

PRICE: $85

This lip palette comes with four matte red shades allowing for endless versatility. Shop here

The Best Budget Red Lip Sticks

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire And Ice

PRICE: $12.47

Infused with mega-moisturisers, this bold formula will seal in colour and softness. Shop here

Maybelline Colour Sensational Made For All Lipstick in Ruby For Me

PRICE: $17.95

This universally flattering red was designed to suit every skin tone. Shop here

Designer Brands Moisturising Lipstick in Crimson Red

PRICE: $11.99

This vegan and cruelty-free formula leaves lips feeling smooth, soft, and supple. Shop here

The Best Long-Wear Red Lipsticks

IL MAKIAGE Infinity Long Wear Matte Lip Cream in In Love

Price: $39

IL MAKIAGE recently launched in Australia and this is one brand that deserves the hype. With staying power that won't crack or smudge, this is a real winner. Shop here

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Pioneer 

PRICE: $21.95

This super intense, matte liquid lipstick gives a flawless finish that stays put up to 16 hours. Shop here

FENTY BEAUTY Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored 

PRICE: $39

Weightless and bold, this liquid lipstick has a soft matte finish for low-maintenance long-wear. Shop here

Now that your pout is perfect, check out this hitlist of skin serums we can't live without

Design credit: Dom Lonsdale

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