20 of the best red lipsticks for Valentine's Day


Laura Sutcliffe

Is there anything that screams Valentine's Day more than a splash of red lipstick? If you are a matte, glossy kinda gal or perfer a deep, tomato-toned red or a blue-toned scarlett, a bolt of red can instantly make dull complexions radiant again, not to mention instantly giving your face a bit of a lift. Red is always in fashion and is a great hue that gives you instant glam, made-up look. Everyone has their favourite shade of red and sometimes it's quite hard to find the perfect fiery tone just for you. Never fear, we have put together a roundup of the best red lipsticks that will totally give your pout some va va voom….

1. Louboutin Beauté Loubi Valentines Coffret Rouge, £120 Christian Louboutin

When it comes to bouji packaging, no-one does it quite like Christian Louboutin! The iconic brand has released the most stunning gift set that is guaranteed to make you go heart-yed. The fabulous, keepsake box opens to reveal a mini Nail Color and a Loubilaque Lip Lacquer. Available in ravishing red or subtle nude, you would be the happiest gal in the world if you receive this on V day…

2. Blooming Bold Lipstick in Tiger Lily, £18.50, Origins

Origins may be best known for their natural skincare products, but their lipstick range - which was launched in 2018 - has some really wearable shades, with lots of redness. The flower-infused, Blooming Bold collection gives your pout a full coverage tone - and the orangey-red Tiger Lily would look incredible with a tan. 

3. They're Real Double The Lip Lipstick, £17.00, Benefit Cosmetics

Those clever people at Benefit are always ahead of their game and the They're Real Double The Lip Lipstick combines a liner and a lip colour, to give you the pout of your life! Take a look at 'Revved up Red' - a fuschia-toned pink, with a postbox rouge liner for that juicy reddish hue (in half the time!)

4. Wonderwand Lipstick, £16, Ciate

Ciate Wonderwand Lipstick is the newest release for the uber-glam brand and will add a majorly high shine as well as a bold, rich flush of colour to your lips. Ruby is a deep red with flattering blue undertone, that will lift your complexion instantly. And we love the matching metallic bullet. 

5. Semi Matte Lipstick IN Shanghai Express £23, NARS

If you are after a semi-matte texture in a blue-toned red, Nars Shanghai Express will be right up your street. Velvety, richly-toned, the vivid shade is just want you need to pair with your little black dress..

6. Creme Smooth Lip Colour, £22, Laura Mercier

Red lipsticks are so pigmented that they have the capacity to be rather drying at times. But by opting for Creme Smooth Lip Colour by Laura Mercier, you won't have that problem. Packed with olive oil and vitamin E, it hydrates yet adds a punchy pop of colour. FYI, Portofino Red is the one…

7. Glide & Go Buttery Lipstick Duo, £25.08, Tarte @

Prepping your lips before you apply any colour is Key, and Tarte has it covered. Double Duty Beauty Glide & Go Buttery Lipsticks is the most perfect duo. The double set has both a pinky, wearable red and a slightly darker, plum-berry hum. Richly pigmented and super hydrating - coupled with the insanely cute packaging, they aren't to be missed.

8. Generation G lipstick in Zip, £14, Glossier

If you are after a more natural-toned red, you have to try Glossier's Generation G lipsticks. We are loving the shade Zip - a  pretty poppy red that works with your own lip colour to give a slightly flushed finish.

9. Ruby Woo, £16.50, MAC

Ask any makeup artist what their to-go red lipstick is, and you can bet the majority of them will say MAC's Ruby Woo - it's a cult classic. This extra-matt texture is the perfect rich red which has blue undertones, making your teeth look pearly white after just one swipe.

10. VisionAiry Gel Lipstick,218 Volcanic £25, Shiseido  

For maxi impact, Shiseido's VisionAiry Gel Lipstick offers a weightless colour that lasts for up to 6 hours. Nice! Despite the fact it is bold and bright, the water-based ingredient list insures your pout won't get dry, meaning your splash of red will last even longer... 

11. Cherry Lush, £40, Tom Ford

And the prize for the best-looking lippie goes to a certain Mr. Tom Ford. Not only is the square shaped bullet one of the chicest choices of packaging ever – and thanks to the chamomile flower oil, the formula glides on and hydrates your lips as well as adding a classic rustic tone.

12. Boom Boom Bloom matte lipstick in Frambroise Moi, £17.50, MAC@ Selfridges 

Ok, so this lippie isn't strictly Red, but Frambroise moi is a red-toned fuschia that is ideal for the girliest of gals. Part of MAC's Boom Boom Bloom collection, which is inspired by Sakura season  when the cherry blossoms bloom in Japan. Moisturising, buttery and oh-so-soft, the formulas have an impressive stain that is long-lasting and bold. And who could seriously resist the blooming lovely bullet? 

13. Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red, £24, Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury's extensive range of lipsticks are widely regarded as the best in the business and there isn't anything quite as satisfying as whipping one out of your clutch to re-apply on the go. As part of the Matte Revolution collection, Red Carpet Red covers your lips in a moisturising ruby shade with just one swipe. Team with a flick of black eyeliner for pure retro vibes…

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14. Oh Miley, £25, Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs Beauty's Le Marc Lip Crème are infused with Seaberry and Cocoa Butter which means they last up to a whopping 10 hours. Plus, they are named after A–list ladies that have inspired the man himself – we are loving Oh Miley.

15. Kate Lipstick in #1, £5.49, Rimmel London

When you think of a celebrity that personifies the red lip (apart from Megan from Love Island) you instantly think of Kate Moss. Her own range of shades at Rimmel are purse-friendly and brilliant. The #1 is a pillar-box rouge and would suit any skin tone. For under £6, you just can't go wrong – and rumour has it – its Zoella's to-go-to shade.

16. Lady Balls, £21, Too Faced

Too Faced is always one step ahead with its extensive range of innovative products and their Melted Matte range is a fantastic selection of liquid lipsticks that are long-wearing and hugely pigmented. Lady Balls is a creamy, dark-hued red which would look so striking pared with black Adele-esque liquid eyeliner.

17. Opera Rouge, £14, Paul & Joe

Paul & Joe's beauty line is a first rate display of the most aesthetically pleasing products ever and the Lipstick N Full range is a creamy formula that glides on smoothly with the lightest touch and wont bleed either due to its long-lasting properties. Plus how extra is the baby blue retro tube? Love!

18. Beautiful Colour Lipstick in Red Door Red, £22, Elizabeth Arden

Let's face it - you can't get any more classic (and not to mention timeless) than Elizabeth Arden - and the brand's signature Red Door Red is perfect for the glamourpuss in all of us. The luxurious colour lasts a whopping 12 hours and has an incredible bold finish. Super moisturising, it's a treat to use and the glam packaging will have everyone looking when you go to retouch in the ladies…

19. Red Perfecto, £4.85, L'Oréal

If you want to look red hot on a budget, L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Red Perfecto is the most vivid of reds which will pack a punch when applied. It’s enriched with oils which gives extra comfort and for under £5, it’s a great drugstore gem.

20. Liquid Matte in 'Heartbreaker', £18, Huda Beauty

Huda Beauty's liquid matte lipstick is a pinkish red hue which gives a suedette-style finish which does not budge until you want it to – great if you have a day of eating and drinking ahead!

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