16 gorgeous red lipsticks that will instantly transform your face

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Who doesn't love a red lipstick? If you are a matte, glossy kinda gal or prefer a deep, tomato-toned red, a bolt of red can instantly make dull complexions radiant again, not to mention instantly giving your face a bit of a lift. Red gives you an instant glam, made-up look - without having to apply a full face of makeup. Easy!

Celebs and makeup artists always have their favourite shade of red - we're still obsessed with the red lipstick seen on Gigi Hadid during the Marc Jacobs AW20 show - but sometimes it's quite hard to find the perfect fiery tone just for you. Never fear, we know all the must-have red lipsticks that will totally give your pout a lift in less than two seconds...

Best red lipstick to SPARK joy: Tom Ford 

There's just something about this red lipstick that brings all the joy. Tom Ford's Extreme Lip Spark is packed with metallic sequin-saturated colour, and the NEW red 'Throb' hue is insanely gorgeous. The lipstick glides on smooth, depositing an even coat of pigment and sparkle.


Tom Ford's Extreme Lip Spark in Throb, £40, Tom Ford Beauty 


Best intense red lipstick: Illamasqua

This long-lasting lipstick has an intense pop of colour that's ideal if you're feeling dramatic. Half-way between matte and satin, Antimatter lipsticks glide onto lips smoothly and provide comfortable continuous wear.


Antimatter lipstick, from £10, Illamasqua


Best red buildable lipstick: Trinny London

Trinny London's new LIP2CHEEK, Rossy, is one to treasure in your makeup bag. Rossy’s rustic undertones transform this shade into a rich yet workable red that is endlessly versatile. It's a clever multitasker which is perfect for every skin tone.


Rossy LIP2CHEEK, £25, Trinny London


Best red liquid lipstick: YSL

Liquid lipstick is a fool-proof way to coat your lips with little effort, and Yves Saint Laurent's offering has serious staying power - even when food and prosecco are involved. Result! We love the fact it doesn't feather or bleed and would look good on all skin tones.


Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Lipstick, £29, Lookfantastic


Best satin red lipstick: Elizabeth Arden

Red lipstick is synonymous with Hollywood glam and Elizabeth Arden's classic rouge is the kind of tone that totally pops. The satin finish has a light sheen and is renowned for its intense long-wear staying power. Perfect for naturally dry lips, it offers moisture and colour that lasts for up to 12 hours.


Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick, £22, Feelunique


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Best matte red lipstick: Christian Louboutin

If you are after a matte texture with some serious vamp, you won't find a more stand-out lipstick than the Christian Louboutin offering. Velvety and rich, the vivid shade is just what you need to pair with your little black dress - and perfect for a special occasion.


Velvet Matte Lip Colour, £70, Christian Louboutin beauty @ Net-a-Porter


Best vibrant red lip gloss: L'Oréal

If a gloss is more your bag, you can get intense colour and hydration without splashing out. L'Oréal's Infallible gloss is a fan favourite thanks to its unique formula enriched with hyaluronic acid and shine colour pigment. Bonus: it's not at all sticky. Pass the vino...


L'Oréal Infallible Lip Gloss, £2.81, Amazon


Best all-rounder red lipstick: Gucci

Gucci has managed to find the perfect red for all skintones, 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 @ Net-a-Porter


Best sentimental red lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury

Want a megawatt colour with exciting packaging? You NEED to gift yourself a lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury, ASAP. The Hot Lips range has the PERFECT red for gals that aren't afraid of making an impact - and it's inspired by Charlotte's own mum! It glides on easily, and who could resist that leopard print tube?!


Hot Lips, £28, Charlotte Tilbury @ Feelunique


Best iconic red lipstick: MAC

Ask any makeup artist what their go-to red lipstick is, and you can bet the majority of them will say MAC's Ruby Woo - it's a cult classic loved by the likes of Rihanna. This extra-matt texture makes your teeth look pearly white after just one swipe, and in our experience is guaranteed to gain you plenty of compliments.


Ruby Woo matte lipstick, £17.50, MAC @ John Lewis


Best subtle red lip gloss: Glossier

Cult beauty brand Glossier has created the perfect gloss if you want maximum dew. Their 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 everyday use.


Lip gloss, £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. 


Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, £22, NARS


Best red lipstick: Dior

The semi-matte finish of this lipstick is ideal for day-wear. It's the first lipstick by Dior composed of a polymer combined with a plant-based oil, meaning it gives great hydration and won't cake throughout the day. 


Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick, £25.50, John Lewis


Best red lipstick: Revlon

Suitable for all budgets, the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick is under a fiver and delivers a strong silky finish that feels velvety when applied. It's so loved that it's become one of the world's most famous lipstick, rivalling many that are five times the price.


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, £1.95, Amazon


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. 


Beauty Boss Lip Gloss, £14, Stila


Best red lipstick: Giorgio Armani

Last but not least, Armani's intense matte-finish lipstick gives a bold, stand-out pout. Enriched with hydrogenated Jojoba Oil and a unique light-diffusing gel, the creamy, full coverage lipstick glides on easily and never dries your lips out. 


Rouge d'Armani Matte Lipstick, £31, Giorgio Armani @ Lookfantastic


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