15 Red Lipsticks That Look Good on Everyone

There is nothing more glamorous than red lipstick

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Photo: Unsplash/MorningBrew

There is nothing more glamorous than red lipstick. It was worked during the Old Hollywood glam days and still works today. That’s because red lipstick is the easiest way to amp up the glam factor of any beauty and fashion look. Let’s face it, red lips will never go out of style, so we’re sharing 15 must-have shades that look good on a variety of skin tones. Bring on the glam!


Reina Rebelde Lipstick in Brava

Reina Rebelde is all about supplying Latinas with cosmetics we want to wear. This includes one of our necessities — chic red lipstick. One of their best-selling items is their Bold Color Stick in the shade Brava.

Reina Rebelde Bold Color Stick in Brava, $14, Available at Reinarebelde.com


MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

A great roundup list of beauty faves should be a mix of cool new finds, as well as tried-and-true, trusted classics (and various points!). MAC’s blue-red matte Ruby Woo continues to be chosen among the best red lipsticks in beauty lists, year after year.

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $18.50, Available at Maccosmetics.com


Vive Cosmetics Cremosa Matte Lipstick in Candela

You know a lipstick is going to be great when it has a name like Candela. Vive Cosmetics’s creamy matte lippie of that name is a fiery burnt orange shade, a great alternative for a true red.

Vive Cosmetics Cremosa Matte Lipstick in Candela, $17, Available at Vivecosmetics.com


Pat McGrath Mattetrance Lipstick in Elson

Makeup artist Pat McGrath is the queen of makeup, so we are here for pretty much everything from her self-titled cosmetics line. This includes Elson, a bold matte blue-red lipstick, named after supermodel Karen Elson.

Pat McGrath Mattetrance Lipstick in Elson, $38, Available at Patmcgrath.com


Besame Cosmetics Lipstick in 1941 – Victory Red

Latinx-owned Besame Cosmetics is all about recreating some of the best and most popular makeup products and shades of yesteryear. One of their most beautiful products is their Victory Red lipstick, a true replica of color from 1941.

Besame Cosmetics Lipstick in 1941 – Victory Red, $22, Available at Besamecosmetics.com


Kat von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Santa Sangre


Apparently, I have a thing for cool makeup names, especially if they’re in Spanish. Take Kat von D’s Santa Sangre lipstick, for example. It’s a pretty, liquid matte, in a “poison apple” shade.

Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Santa Sangre, $20, Available at katvondbeauty.com


NYX Cosmetics Candy Slick Glowy Lip Color in Jawbreaker

NYX is always coming through with the dizzying array of beautiful, wearable lip colors. Jawbreaker is a fun, glossy red, for those who don’t want to go super serious. Added bonus? It smells sweet!

NYX Cosmetics Lipstick in Jawbreaker, $4.55, Available at Nyxcosmetics.com


Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Brick

When Chanel discontinued what was said to be Selena’s favorite lipstick, Brick, Elizabeth Arden was cool enough to create an exact dupe. Plus, it contains lip plumping technology for fuller-looking lips.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lip Colour in Brick, $24, Available at Amazon.com


CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate

Chanel, however, still has a ton of fabulous shades in current production. One of these is the celebrated blue-red classic, Pirate — one of the best-selling red lipsticks of all time. It was formulated to look like the color Coco Chanel wore.

CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, $38, Available at Chanel.com


Revlon Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow

A lot of the most fabulous red lipsticks are classic hits that have been making women glam for decades. Such is Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow, which debuted in 1953. The red shade is fun and different, as it has more of a pink/berry/fuschia/magenta color to it.

Revlon Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow, prices vary, Available at Revlon.com


Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored

We can always count on RiRi to deliver all the shades we want in makeup. Uncensored is a long-wear fluid lip color in what they call “a perfect universal red.” We totally agree.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored, $24, Available at Fentybeauty.com


Rimmel by Kate in 01

When supermodel Kate Moss collaborated with cosmetics brand Rimmel London, a lot of great lipsticks were created. One of these is 001, a boldly-colored lipstick, with a creamy finish which makes it a very wearable red.

Rimmel London Lasting Lipstick by Kate Lipstick in 001, $5.21, Available at Amazon.com


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red


Charlotte Tilbury, another makeup artist legend, has her own line of cosmetics, and it includes the much-loved “true ruby red matte” shade.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red, $34, Available at Charlottetilbury.com


Stila Stay All Day Liquid in Beso

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore red lipstick to her Democratic Primary debate, as well as to her Congressional swearing-in ceremony. She did the latter in honor of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was asked to wear neutral-colored nail polish to her confirmation hearings, to not attract negative attention (she refused). The true red color Alexandria wore was Stila’s Beso.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso, $22, Available at Stilacosmetics.com


Dior Rouge Dior Couture Color in 999


Dior has its own iconic red lipstick— 999. It is a modernized version of the red shades Christian Dior created for runway models in 1953. You can shop several lip products (including the lipstick, in both a metallic or matte finish), as well as the nail polish in this classic shade.

Dior Rouge Dior Couture Color in 999, $37, Available at Dior.com/beauty

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