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10 of the Best: Red Lipsticks

Red lipstick has a first-class qualification in elevating beauty looks. Once you've found a formula and colour that ticks all of your boxes, it's like the start of a beautiful friendship. Top tip: if your skin has a yellow undertone, look for warm red shades with a hint of orange; if your skin is more pink, a cool red with a blue hue will naturally suit you more. Whatever your preference when it comes to finish – matte or satin? Sheer or pigment-packed? – we've picked 10 of our favourites.

Daringly Decadent

If you’re a fan of Bond No.9, adding one – or all – of its nine-strong Plum Lipstick collection to your kit is a must. Ranging from rich cranberry to crisp scarlet, there really is something for everyone. Plus, they’re all vegan and refillable.

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Fashion Forward

The Jimmy Choo Seduction Satin Lipstick collection looks just as good in the bullet as it does on your lips – we can’t take our eyes off the house’s signature python skin embossing. Into a more vampy tone of red? Try shade Burgundy.

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Jimmy Choo Seduction Satin Lipstick

Sheer Bliss

If a subtle pop of colour is more your style, look to Clé de Peau Beauté's Magnificateur Lèvres Lip Glorifier for a hydrating gel formula that delivers a sheer and shiny finish. Sheer needn't mean skimpy, mind – you'll still turn heads.

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Clé De Peau Beauté Lip Glorifier

Sustainably Savvy

Ever since Hermès launched its ultra-luxe lipstick collection, the beauty scene has been well and truly hooked.  For a shade that lends itself to autumn/winter, choose Rouge H, a cranberry-toned red with a velvet, powdery finish.

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Hermés Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick

Get Creative

Created in collaboration with fashion photographers Mert and Marcus, Lancôme's L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in 198 is a striking screen-siren red that's made to stand out – perfect for virtual catch-ups when you want to make an impression.

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Lancoôme x Mert & Marcus L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick

The Slick One

Not only does the YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Lipstick look incredibly smart, it’s actually pretty clever, too; the formula has been created with blurring technology to give a fuller appearance to the lips, and not settle into fine lines.

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick

Shine Bright

As Coco Chanel once said: “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” For those moments, ensure CHANEL Rouge Coco Flash Lipstick in Lively is always to hand – especially If you’re into a more radiant, glossy finish.

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CHANEL Rouge Coco Flash Lipstick

The New Icon

Named after some of the most inspirational women in the world, UOMA Beauty's Badass Matte Lipsticks are designed to make the wearer feel fierce. We’re just hoping when we rock shade Sade we’ll feel every inch the singer/songwriter.

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Uoma Beauty Badass Icon Matte Lipstick

Throwing Suede

The jewel-inspired Velvet Matte Lipstick from Christian Louboutin is a highly pigmented formula with a suede-like finish. And of course, shade Louboutin is inspired by those signature red-soled shoes.

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Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lipstick

Liquid Matte 2.0

The SUQQU Comfort Lip Fluid Lipstick in shade 05 is for those that, a) prefer a more orangey red and b) want a fast-drying formula that feels virtually invisible on the lips. Oh, that’s you? Better show the button below some love then.

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Suqqu Comfort Lip Fluid Lipstick
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