These Red Lipsticks Work For Every Mood & Skin Tone

There's a lot to love about a classic red lip. But one of our favourite things about the look is that it stands on its own, making it the ultimate in lazy-girl beauty — all you need is a quick curl of your eyelashes and a swipe of red colour, and you can waltz out the door looking polished and cool.

There's no wrong way to wear a crimson pout, but there are formulas we favour over others. Ahead, we rounded up our top picks in the most gorgeous shades of red. Now all you have to do is pick your favourite.

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Warm Red
Warm red lipsticks — those with yellow, orange, or pink undertones — look great on a variety of skin tones. Our favourite way to wear them? With bronze or copper eyeshadow.
Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in 400, £30, available at Giorgio Armani.
Dose Of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Kiss Of Fire, £16, available at Beauty Bay.
Lancôme L'Absolu Rogue in A La Folie, £25.50, available at Boots.
Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencil in Stiletto, £24, available at Cult Beauty.
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Blue-Toned Red
Blue-toned reds are classics because of their unique ability to flatter just about every skin tone. The best part? Unlike warmer reds, cooler reds have the ability to make your teeth appear whiter.
Revlon Love Is On Super Lustrous Lipstick, £5.99, available at Superdrug.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red, £21, available at Look Fantastic.
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £16.50, available at MAC.
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Some might tell you that orange-red lipstick is best saved for summer, but we're not of that school of thought. We love wearing it year-round — especially when we want to make a loud statement.
Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Passion, £6, available at Beauty Bay.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick in Volatile, £26, available at Estee Lauder.
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Deep Red
We always keep a couple of deep reds in the rotation so we can vamp things up when the mood strikes.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Mona, £26, available at NARS.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sancho, £15.50, available at Look Fantastic.
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Brick Red
We like to think of brick-coloured lipstick as the neutral version of traditional red. Brick-reds are often muted, with hints of brown running through them. Pair one with a soft smoky eye á la Chrissy Teigen or wear it alone with a little bronzer.
MAC Lip Liner in Brick, £13, available at MAC.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Ma'Damn, £16, available at Harvey Nichols.
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Sheer Red
Bold lips can be high-maintenance. That's why we always have a stockpile of sheer, balmy reds on hand for lazy days. They can even be layered on top of your bold lips once they start to fade for easy touch-ups sans mirror.
Glossier Generation G Matte Lipstick in Zip, £14, available at Glossier.
Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, £5.50, available at Amazon.
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