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17 red lipsticks and lipglosses that will completely elevate your makeup look this Christmas

Check out our red hot edit of red lipsticks for the holidays...

Who doesn't love a vibrant red lipstick - especially at Christmas! Whether you prefer matte, glossy, or a subtle sheen, we've scoured the internet for the best red lip colours for you. Y'see, a bold red lip can instantly make dull complexions radiant again, and if you're wearing a plain outfit, a slick of red lipstick will give transform your look.  

In fact, a new finding by beauty experts Cosmetify reveals that online interest for red lipstick increased almost eight times the average volume after the release of Taylor Swift’s album Red (Taylor’s Version). Searches for 'Red Lipstick' exploded 669% in the UK alone.

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Best red lipstick virtual try-on websites

If you're struggling to find the perfect red lip colour, do not fear, since the pandemic all the major beauty brands dialed-up their virtual try-on experiences on their websites to help shoppers on their quest for makeup without the help of a face-to-face beauty counter consultant.

From MAC's Virtual Try On, to Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Makeup Mirror Try On, and Chanel's Lipscanner, shopping online has never been easier. 

Best way to apply red lipstick

But how about the application? Colour expert Trinny Woodall demonstrated on Instagram how she likes to apply a red lip using her Rossy Lip2Cheek colour: "A lot of women are scared of a red lip," she said to the camera. "They say, 'Ah, my teeth are too yellow, Trinny' or 'My lips are too thin' … When I do a red lip I don't like to do it with a matte face, I like to do a really glowy skin." 


She continued: "I think the trick when you do a strong bright lip is that you want your skin around to feel even. When you do blusher and you've got a bright lip you've got to be careful that there's a tonality. Before I do any lip I do Miracle Blur and I put it around to stop my lips bleeding and it's going to fill in all the little marks I've got around my mouth."

While applying her red lip colour using a lip brush, she told her beauty followers: "There are different ways people can do a red lip! For me, I start in at the edge and I draw the line out towards the middle and then I fill it in. You get the line of a lip liner doing it this way but you don't get the look of a lip liner." 


Rossy LIP2CHEEK, £25, Trinny London


She added: "I don't really like a pouty lip, I like what I call a French lip. I go straight across and start filling it in."

Her final tip? To strengthen the brows when you do a strong lip.

Best red lipsticks to shop now for Christmas

If you haven't found your red, have no fear. We know all the must-have red lipsticks that will totally give your pout a lift in less than two seconds...

Best cult classic red lipstick: Dior Beauty 999

The Rouge Dior Couture lipstick in 999 is a cult classic thanks to its 16-hour formula and rich colour pay-off. What's more, the conditioning formula keeps your pout looking plump and healthy – no need to worry about chapping. Oh, and if you need convincing, look at this photo of Victoria (aka InTheFrow) wearing this exact shade during a festive masterclass. dreamy!


Dior Beauty Rouge Dior matte velvet refillable lipstick in 999, was £32, now £28.80, Selfridges


Best red lipstick for added moisture: Charlotte Tilbury

This is an iconic, statement red in homage to Charlotte’s mother Patsy Tilbury! Hot Lips 2 in Patsy Red has a modern matte texture that is so easy to build, adding instant glamour to your makeup. This is an iconic, statement red in homage to Charlotte’s mother Patsy Tilbury! Hot Lips 2 in Patsy Red has a modern matte texture that is so easy to build, adding instant glamour to your makeup. It contains Antioxidant Lipstick Tree & Orchid extract to hydrate and condition lips.


Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 in Patsy Red, £28, Charlotte Tilbury


The best matte red lipstick: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Elote 

Urban Decay's new Vice Lipstick lineup features 31 vegan, high-pigment shades in three moisturising finishes: cream, matte, and shine. Within the line-up you can find electric reds that will match any mood. The vegan formula is even infused with aloe vera and avocado oil, ingredients known for being rich in antioxidants.


Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Elote, was £19, now £11.40, Urban Decay


The best red lipstick with high-fashion packaging: Guerlaun Holiday Collection

Sometimes brilliant packaging lures you in and the new Guerlain Rouge G Holiday collection did just that! This one goes next level as it's fully customisable. You choose your lip colour first. We love the new red and gold marble-effect lip colour. Afterwards, you choose your case from an array of fab festive styles. Sequins for the win! 


Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick case with ruby sequins, £32, and Limited Edition No4 Red and Gold Lipstick, £26


The best red lipstick for added sparkle: Tom Ford

There's just something about this red lipstick that brings all the joy! Tom Ford's Extréme Sparks Collection features this glittery lipstick that will really dazzle friends and family. The limited-edition lip colour is packaged in the signature reflective chrome of Tom Ford Extréme.


Tom Ford's Extreme Lip Spark, £42, Harrods


The best limited-edition red lipstick: MAC Cosmetics Hypnotizing

MAC's new Holiday limited-edition lineup includes the most fantastic red lipstick to celebrate the holidays. What's more, each product comes dressed to impress in optical-illusion packaging.


Lipstick Hypnotizing Holiday in Wild Card, was £17.50, now £14, MAC Cosmetics


The best 'classic' red lipstick: Chanel 

Chanel's Limited Edition N°5 Holiday collection features a luminous intense red and we love it! The opulent red is the promise of a kiss under the mistletoe.


Chanel Rouge Allure 147, £35, House of Fraser


The best all-rounder red lipstick: Gucci

Gucci has managed to find the perfect red for all skin tones, and we can't get enough of this classic colour. It's designed to be layered, so you can wear one coat for a subtle slick of colour, or add more for an intense pop. For that reason, we reckon it's one of the best all-rounders.


Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat limited edition Lipstick, was £35, now £31.50, Selfridges


Best multi-tasking red lipstick: Glossier Ultralip

Cult beauty brand Glossier created the perfect orange-red lipstick for everyone. Why is it so perfect? Well, it gives the buildable colour of a lip tint but with the sheen of a gloss and the rich moisture of a balm. What more could you ask for really?! Perfect for every day use.


Glossier Ultralip in Portrait, £14, now £11, Glossier


The best red lipstick to give as a gift: Pat McGrath Labs

When you gift a red lipstick to someone you want to make them feel special - which is why we've chosen this red lipstick by Pat McGrath Labs. The makeup artist's cult-favourite lipsticks have been given a touch of sparkle and will make anyone go 'ooh' and 'aahh'. Designed to drench the lips in a lightweight veil of high-shine colour, the creamy formula is encased in a divine limited edition case.


Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick, was £35, now £31.50, Selfridges


The best red lipstick with added luxury: Louboutin Beauty

Oh, it's all about the luxury, darling! The SOOOOO Glow lipstick case is a lovely home for the brand’s beloved lipsticks. Your favourite shade clips effortlessly into this Italian-crafted piece. 


SOOOOO Glow lipstick case, was £44, now £39.60, Selfridges


The best affordable re-fillable red lipstick: Zara Stiletto Demi Matte Lipstick

Everyone is talking about Zara's makeup line right now - it's a game-changer for the high-street. The Stiletto Demi-Matte Lipstick is sharp in colour but has a smooth, serum-like formula. What's even more exciting? The packaging is refillable.


Stiletto Demi-Matte Lipstick in Parfait, £9.99, Zara


The best sustainable red lipstick: HIGHR COLLECTIVE

Let us introduce you to HIGHR Collective - a clean lipstick brand made sustainably with organic plant oils and butters, then blended with hyaluronic filling spheres to pump the lips. This is the talk of the beauty industry. 


 Chiltern vegan red lipstick, £22, HIGHR Collective


The best red lipstick for sheer nourishing colour: Fenty Beauty

Rihanna's Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick is a new favourite. If you have a last-minute zoom meeting and you just want a touch of colour on the lips - preferably without using a mirror - this is it. 


Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick in Tang Thang, was £19, now £15.20, Boots


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The best red lip colour with a velvet-like texture: Armani Beauty Lip Maestro

If a matte finish is more your bag, you can get intense colour and hydration with Armani Beauty's gorgeous Lip Maestro. It's a fan favourite thanks to its velvety finish and staying power. Bonus: it's not at all sticky. Pass the vino...


Armani Beauty Lip Maestro in Sultan, was £32.50, now £27.63, Harvey Nichols 


Best red lip crayon: NARS

For something a little more subtle but easy to apply, a crayon is ideal. If you're tentatively stepping your toes into red lips, this product will allow you to build colour, starting subtle. Plus, the precise tip means it's much harder to mess up. Basically, it's a makeup bag staple. 


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, was £22, now £19.80, Selfridges


Best red lip gloss: Stila

Stila's lip gloss gives incredible shine, thanks to its formula packed with light-reflecting crystals. It gives solid colour whether you wear alone or over lipstick, and is enriched with hyaluronic filling spheres and luminous oils to give the appearance of fuller lips. 


Stila Beauty Boss Lip Gloss in shade In The Red, was £14, now £12.60, Selfridges


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