Who doesn't love a vibrant red lipstick - especially as we move closer to spring and summer? 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.
With beauty counters closed off due to the pandemic, you might be struggling to find the perfect red lip colour without the help of a one-to-one consultation. But do not fear, all the major beauty brands have had to dial-up their online activity, and this has included facial recognition and colour matching with virtual try-on technology. Chanel recently launched the very exciting Lipscanner, a new generation make-up app for lips. It recognises and proposes the most appropriate product, taking into consideration the skin tone and lip shape. It's pretty genius. And what's more, you can scan anything and it'll give you a perfect match. Take a photo with the app or select an image from your camera roll and let the Lipscanner identify the face, detect and isolate the lips. Instantaneously, Artificial Intelligence analyses the colour and texture of the make-up worn and proposes the Chanel lip product that matches.
But how about 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.
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...
The best classic red lipstick: Chanel
Rouge Coco, the iconic Chanel lipstick has been reinvented. The lipstick features a combination of three vegetable waxes; mimosa, jojoba and sunflower. This will ensure the lipstick nourishes the lips and ensures immediate and lasting comfort.
Coco Rouge Coco Lipstick, £31, Boots
The best red lipstick to give as a gift: Pat McGrath
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 limited-edition makeover called Celestial Divinity Pavé. Designed to drench the lips in a lightweight veil of opaque matte colour, the creamy formula is encased in a black bullet that’s stamped with a Swarovski crystal-embellished pavé heart. Dreamy!
Pat McGrath Labs Celestial Divinity Pavé, £45, Selfridges
The best red lipstick to make you feel like a Wonder Woman: Revlon
Unleash the power of a red lip with the Revlon x Wonder Woman 1984 collection. The high-impact colour is super-moisturising and has a satin finish. The formula is infused with vitamin E and there are five shades to choose from; Strike First, Justice for All, Truth Seeker, Raise Your Fists, and Super Heroine.
Revlon x Wonder Woman 1984 Super Heroine lip colour, £7.99, Superdrug
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, £44, John Lewis
The best red lipstick to make your teeth look white: Sam Chapman's Dream Red for MAC Cosmetics
Beauty maestro Sam Chapman created her "dream red" for MAC Cosmetics, and we reckon it'll be your dream red, too. The creamy rich formula has a blue-red colour and it'll instantly make your teeth look whiter.
Sam Chapman's Dream Red, £17.50, MAC Cosmetics
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, and there was even a waiting list. But this isn't any old waiting list though - for every name added to it, £1 goes to ocean plastic clean up.
Chiltern vegan red lipstick, £22, HIGHR Collective
The best red lipstick for staying power: Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick
Shiseido's Cocktail Hour is our new favourite red. It's buttery soft and has major staying power - there's nothing mellow about this lipstick - it's all drama.
Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in Cocktail Hour, £26, LookFantastic
The best red lipstick with added luxury: Louboutin Beauty
LoubiLooks by Louboutin Beauty is the all-new ensemble of six signature make-up looks inspired by iconic Louboutin shoe designs and created by Global Makeup Artist Isamaya Ffrench. Lusita features a unique blend of ultra-fine pigments for deep and generous colour and protects effectively against dryness thanks to a complex of natural oils and seed butters. The best bit? The luxury, darling! Encased in a luxurious art deco and middle eastern-inspired body, this isn't just a lipstick. The turret-like crown cap is topped with a small ring threaded with a silk ribbon, which turns the lip colour into a necklace.
Lusita LoubiLooks, £73, Louboutin Beauty
The best red lipstick for sheer nourishing colour: Fenty Beauty
Rihanna's latest lipstick launch, 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, £19, Harvey Nichols
The best red lipgloss for a sunshine holiday: Elizabeth Arden
With a unique flocked-tip applicator, click to release just the right amount of colour for beautiful lips. We love this coral-tinted red lip colour - it's perfect if you're off for some Winter sun, and it will look divine on all skin tones.
Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Colour Liquid Lipstick, £18, Escentual
The best red lip colour with a matte 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, £32.50, Harvey Nichols
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.
Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick, £34, Gucci
Best red lipstick for added moisture: Charlotte Tilbury
One Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G Love Bite lipstick sells every two minutes - and there's a reason for that! With light-diffusing pigments, this gives your lips a vibrant full-bodied lip and the blend of waxes ensures the formula glides over the contours of your lips for a seamless finish with no bleeding outside your lip line.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Love Bite Lipstick, £25, Charlotte Tilbury
The best red lipstick to keep lips hydrated: The Body Shop
No lipstick looks good on chapped lips. With The Body Shop's moisturising Colour Crush Lipsticks, that won't be a problem. Every shade is enriched with marula oil which keeps your lips looking plump and hydrated.
Colour Crush lipstick, £8, The Body Shop
Best subtle red lip gloss: Glossier
Cult beauty brand Glossier created the perfect gloss for those you want a subtle wash on the lips. The high-shine formula is designed to never be sticky and gives a sheer tint if you're looking for a more subtle pop of colour. Perfect for every day use.
Lip gloss in Red, £11, Glossier
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, £22, LookFantastic
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, £14, LookFantastic
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