Red lipstick has been described as ‘the stiletto heel of make-up’. It will instantly add some sex appeal or a timeless elegance depending on how it is worn. Go pillar-box red with crisp edges for a Hollywood ‘screen-icon’ look, or blot on a berry shade for a softer, flattering effect.
“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow
Channel Marilyn, Dita or Gwen Stefani’s modern take on the look – bold red lips against white-blonde hair – with our selection of the very best red lipsticks, in a variety of tones and finishes.
Rouge D’Armani in #401
A modern way to wear a red lip, this tomato-red shade has an orange base for a vibrant look. It’s hydrating and long lasting, going six hours without fading or feathering. Pair with a flawless, luminous base on the skin and a slick of black eyeliner to keep the look fresh.
The Lipstick in 09
Sensai by Kanebo
True luxury in a lipstick – the deluxe, anti-aging formula contains Goldren Phyto extract to improve microcirculation and deeply hydrate lips. This stunning warm red shade contains gold particles to ensure a rich, brilliant sheen.
Rich Lip Colour in Old Hollywood
A bright cherry-crème shade, Old Hollywood is lightweight but intense, combining rich pin-up colour with a modern, weightless feel. It also contains SPF 12 to protect your lips.
Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
A classic in the beauty world, Ruby Woo is a matte, pin-up-style red. The blue-based shade enhances the whiteness of the teeth, and the drier matte formula gives a retro finish and is very long lasting.
Burberry Beauty Lip Mist in No.5 Rosy Red
For a subtler look, try Burberry’s balm-textured, sheer formula with a glossy shine finish. Rosy Red is a beautiful pink-based shade, for that just-bitten look.
Rouge Terrybly in Narcotic Sienna
A volumising and firming lipstick enriched with By Terry’s unique anti-aging ingredients. The comforting formula not only delivers a beautiful deep terracotta-red, but contains soothing and plumping ingredients to pamper and repair. Our lips were left with a silky finish, and there was no need to apply lip balm underneath.
Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact in Garconne
Adding the wow-factor to your make-up bag, this jewelled lipstick compact is a small work of art. Designed in collaboration with jeweller Lorenz Baumer, the horizontal, curved design opens to reveal both the lipstick and a mirror, and closes again magnetically. Garconne is an intense, daring shade, and again blue-based to make your teeth appear whiter.
Rouge Volupte in Red Muse
Like the rest of the Rouge Volupte range, Red Muse is moisturising, slick and creamy to apply, with the signature watermelon scent. This shade is the ultimate timeless Marilyn red, and the luxurious packaging makes it an elegant stocking-filler too.
Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire and Ice
This iconic shade from Revlon was their signature shade in 1952 – now re-released with an updated formula but exactly the same fire-engine red colour. A true classic at a high-street price.