Who doesn’t love a vibrant red lipstick – especially in the 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.  

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 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…

Best red lipstick to make your teeth look white: MAC’s Sam Chapman red lipstick

Makeup supremos Sam and Nic Chapman have given a sneak peek of their new lip shades and Sam’s vibrant red lip colour is one for your shopping basket. The British beauty powerhouse has dreamt up her dream red – a limited-edition blue-red shade – complete with exclusive 60s mod-inspired gold packaging, creatively designed and signed by the MAC maker herself.

Sam’s dream red lip colour, £17.50, MAC Cosmetics

SHOP NOW Best red lipstick with sparkle: 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 Clash, £40, Tom Ford Beauty 

BUY NOW Best red lipstick with added luxury

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, £40, Louboutin Beauty

SHOP NOW Best red lipstick for sheer nourishing colour 

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


Best red lipgloss for summer: 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 for summer and will look divine on all skin tones. 

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Colour Liquid Lipstick, £18, Escentual


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Best red lip colour with a matte texture: L’Oréal Paris

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 Paris Rouge Signature Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘I don’t’, £9.99, Look Fantastic 

SHOP NOW 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

BUY NOW 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

SHOP NOW Best subtle red lip gloss: Glossier

Cult beauty brand Glossier created the perfect gloss for those you want a subtle wash on the lips. 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 in Red, £11, Glossier

BUY NOW 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, Look Fantastic

BUY NOW 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, Look Fantasic


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