The Best 10 Red Lipsticks



A rich, blue-toned red, Chanel’s classic Pirate is particularly flattering on golden skin tones. Also, the chic, click-open case never fails to impress.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate. £28; available at



A classic, wearable red that suits most skin tones, Fire & Ice also boasts SPF 15 protection and a nourishing vitamin E and avocado oil complex.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice. £7.99; available at



A true, brilliant – in both senses of the word – red, Dior’s punchy 999 offers great coverage and a choice of a matt or satin finish.

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999. £27.50; available at

Lipstick Queen


Are you intimidated by red lipstick? Not anymore. Lipstick Queen’s very versatile Medieval lipstick is the brand’s bestseller thanks to it’s semi-sheer formulation, high levels of hydrating vitamin E and flattering berry-red hue. Just layer up for the depth of colour you want.

Lipstick Queen in Medieval. £22; available at



Charlotte Tilbury


For long-lasting, highly-pigmented colour, Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks are among the best. Red Carpet Red is a classic, suits-all hue.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet Red. £24; available at



Perhaps the most famous red lipstick of them all, MAC’s much-loved Ruby Woo is extra matt, extra red and lasts the whole night long.

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo. £16.50; available at

Tom Ford


For a bolt of highly-pigmented, long-lasting lip colour, Tom Ford is the go-to brand. Creamy in texture and slightly pinkish-red in colour, Cherry Lush is best worn alone for maximum impact.

Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush. £40; available at



If anyone wears red lipstick well it’s Kate Moss – and her own range of colours for Rimmel are consequently fantastic. Shade #1 is a deep scarlet perfect for evenings – just pair with Moss-like tousled waves for an easy glamour.

Rimmel Kate Lipstick in #1. £5.49; available at



Bold, long-wearing and smudge-proof, Topshop’s Rio Rio is a favourite of Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne, and comes in at under £10 too. A bright pink-red, it suits most skin tones.

Topshop Lips in Rio Rio. £8; available at