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8 of the Best Red Lipsticks

By Sophia McMeekin - 09 Jul 2015

Red lipstick is the cure for boring-face. Whether you’re hungover, tired, attention-seeking, or looking to feign some good old fashioned confidence, red lips are your ticket to instant poise and chutzpah.

The right red lipstick brightens the face, turning an average outfit into a knockout, and speaks volumes without you have to say a word.

Pucker up, ‘cause we’re bringing you 8 of the best red lipsticks.

#1 The Classic

Yes, we’ve included Nars twice. But credit where credit’s due, they know how to rock a red. Jungle Red is a classic, bold, full-coloured red with a velvety finish.

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red at Mecca Cosmetica.

#2 The Lush Lippie

Oh, Tom, you glorious bastard, give us all of your makeups. True to form, Tom Ford’s lipsticks are at the same impeccable standard as the rest of his line, and the pick of the bunch is his standout red, Cherry Lush. This red lipstick can be summed up in three words: creamy creamy creamy. A slightly pinkish red that flatters a variety of skin tones, walk this way for luxe lips.

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush.

#3 The Brightest Red Out 

This violent looking saber from Ellis Faas delivers a shockingly bright red shade. This colour punch comes at a price—this formula can be drying so prime your lips before applying. 

Ellis Faas in Ellis Red.

#4 The Red Lipstick for Red Lip Rookies

This flattering berry red, semi-sheer, formula is red lipstick for beginners, delivering a hydrating formula via a universally flattering shade. 

Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick at Mecca Cosmetica.

#5 The Glamourpuss Red

A knock-out orange red, Rouge Terrybly in Frenetic Vermillion is a winner on yellow-based skin tones, delivery a dose of old school glamour with a creamy finish.

By Terry Rouge Terrybly in Frenetic Vermillion at Mecca Cosmetica.

#6 The Cult Fave

A matte red lipstick with an army of devotees, MAC’s Ruby Woo is a powerful red that lasts and lasts. Not for the faint-of-heart.

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo at MAC.

#7 The Easy Applicator

A cult lip pencil from the gurus at Nars, this gloriously smooth matte lippie slides on and stays on. Little effort for max clout, the bright cherry shade is fresh and fun.

Nars Velvet Matte Pencil in Dragon Girl at Mecca Cosmetica.

#8 The New-School Red

A thoroughly modern, matte red lip, Bobbi Brown’s Red Carpet shade is a blue-based red, ideal for pink undertones

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Red Carpet at Mecca Cosmetica.

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