When you want to make a lip statement, evoke confidence and sophistication, look feminine and/or drop dead sexy or just channel a little retro glamour – you can’t go past a red lipstick.

We’ve put together 10 of the hottest ‘reds’ around, as selected by the Makeover Masters’ team of makeup artists.  Which colour do you covet?

1. MAC – Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo is a bold, rich lipstick.  It’s super matte with a blue-based slightly raspberry hue.
Suits best: Most skin tones but especially fair skin and those with a cool undertone.
Price: $36

2. CHANEL Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour – #102 Palpitante

Palpitante is a red with a Fuchsia undertone.  It has a silky satin texture and leaves lips looking radiant.
Suits best: Cool and neutral skin tones.  Fair to tan skin.

3. L’Oréal Paris Infallible – Ravishing Red

Ravishing Red is a long-wear lipstick with a deep blue-based hue. It has a creamy application and finish.
Suits best: Most skin tones and again, like the latter two, it is especially flattering on fair skin and those with a cool undertone.
Price: $25.99

4. STILA Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso

Beso is a long-wear lipstick. It’s considered a ‘true red’ it’s not too warm (orange) or too cool (blue) and has a creamy-matte finish.
Suits best: Most skin tones. Fair to tan skin.

5. MAC – Lady Danger

Lady Danger is another matte finish lipstick (matte tends to lend itself to a classier look) and has an intense bright coral undertone.
Suits best: Neutral and warm skin tones.  Medium to dark skin.
Price $36

6. ILIA – Wild Child

Wild Child is an orange red with a creamy sheer finish.  It’s 85% organic and hydrating.  (One layer will give you a lip stain effect…two layers will add more oomph.)
Suits best: Warm skin tones.  Medium to tan skin.

7. Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids – Neon Red

Neon Red is a beautifully creamy lipstick with a luminous sheen and a bright orange undertone.
Suits best: Warm skin tones. Medium to tan skin.
Price $20.99 | SHOP THIS PRODUCT

8. YSL Rouge Pur Couture – Le Rouge 01

Le Rouge 01 is a vivid blood red lipstick with a blue undertone and a satin finish.
Suits best: Most skin tones. Fair to tan skin.

9. REVLON Super Lustrous Shades – Love That Red

Love that Red is a vibrant poppy red, a classic colour with a satin finish.
Suits best: Most skin tones.  Fair to tan skin.
Price $25.99

10. NARS Audacious Lipstick – Rita

Rita is a highly pigmented scarlet red with a semi-matte finish.
Suits best: Neutral to warm skin tones.  Medium to dark skin.

 The majority of these reds have great staying power.  If you prefer long-wear remember to treat your lips with a hydrating balm at times throughout the day, especially while you sleep, to keep them from drying out.

Application Tips

  • For longer wear and a more exact colour apply concealer and/or a lip primer to your lips first.
  • Bright lipsticks will amplify a crooked shape so use a matching red lip pencil to line your lips so they’re perfectly even.  The best way to do this is with a closed mouth.
  • Apply your lip pencil over your entire lip this will give longevity to your lipstick plus ensure you only need one layer of your lip colour – over applying lipstick can encourage smearing and bleeding.
  • To get your lip shape looking as gorgeous as possible outline your lips with concealer, in a shade slightly lighter than your base, to clean up and sharpen edges.
  • Tap pigment on to your with a finger if you prefer a lip stained look over a bold/bright finish.

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