17 best red lipsticks that suit all skin tones – from bright orange-y tones to classic pillar-box reds

Red lipsticks can play a big role in rounding out virtually any makeup look. After all, red can be alluring, seductive, festive, outspoken, rebellious, bold, loud and ultra-chic all at once. That’s a lot of personality from one lipstick bullet.

If you ask us, red lipstick is one of the easiest ways to look powerful, pulled together and glam in a single swipe. Even if you change nothing else about your makeup, a strong red lip can instantly change the whole feel. Gwyneth Paltrow was onto something when she said: “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kickass red lipstick.”

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colour

Best red lipsticks at a glance – our top picks

  1. Best classic red lipstick: MAC Retro Matte Lipstick, £20, LookFantastic
  2. Best red lipstick for dark skin tones: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution, £26, Charlotte Tilbury
  3. Best matte red lipstick: Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick, £36, Cult Beauty
  4. Best liquid red lipstick: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colour, £22, Boots

And now that the festive season is almost here, it seems like the perfect time to get your hands on both trusted classics and newer launches at a discount. Sure, most seasoned red-lip wearers already know the power a rouge lip holds. But if you haven’t found your match yet, we have some tips. “Generally, we find that blue-toned reds work best on skin with cooler undertones, while warmer skin can get away with most shades of red, from orange hues to intense wine tones,” explains Emolyne Ramlov, founder of Emolyne Beauty.

The best part is that when it comes to red lipsticks, there are no rules. “Skin tone differs so immensely from person to person, but also through the seasons, which people often forget, and who are we to say if you can or can’t wear a shade that you love? That’s why we like to say, ‘Your shade your rules’. Confidence is the key to looking striking in any shade.” adds Emolyne.

To help you decide, we’ve put together a full list of the best red lipsticks available, including budget options, cult classics and new launches to suit every preference and skin tone. And although we’ve focused on red shades this time round, we tried our best to ensure that we include a range of different formulas, meaning there’ll be something in this edit for everyone.

Looking for something else? Why not try a nourishing lip balm with a hint of tint, or a dewy clear lip gloss? And if you’re looking to restock on all your favourite makeup and skincare products ahead of Black Friday, check out our guides for the best mascara, best liquid eyeliner and best eyeshadow palettes.

For more shoppable beauty content from Glamour UK Commerce Writer Denise Primbet, follow her on Twitter @deniseprimbet and Instagram @deniseprimbet.

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