Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa
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GO MATTE… Matte or glossy, deep or bright, a bolt of red lipstick can update your look instantly – and everyone has their own opinion on which is the ultimate hue.
Shades such as Chanel’s classic Pirate or MAC’s high-impact Ruby Woo are much-loved among frequent lipstick-wearers, whilst cult favourites such as Lipstick Queen’s semi-sheer Medieval offer a wearable option for those more intimidated by the fiery hue.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
For long-lasting, highly-pigmented colour, Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks are among the best. Red Carpet Red is a classic, suits-all hue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bright orange-red hue with a modern matt finish, Nars’s Heat Wave really pops on dark skin, paired with nothing but a coat or two of mascara on the eyes.