A red lipstick is one of those things everyone needs in their make-up kit. "There is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip," says designer Tom Ford: it can boost your mood, transform your face and complete an outfit. A classic red comes in many guises, and the finish – whether that’s matte, satin, velvet, creamy or glossy –is all down to preference. But there are no rules to say you need just one…
Matte & Mighty
Charlotte Tilbury’s Walk of Shame may be matte, but it contains light-diffusing pigments to add a little something extra. A stand-out star.
The Liquid Matte
Highly pigmented, long-wearing lipstick doesn’t just come in a bullet. Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro has a genius hydrating gel formula to give a velvety, matte finish – no risk of sticky flyaways.
All In A Scent
There’s one stand-out element of the new Kilian lipsticks: they’re scented. A fragrance first from the renowned French perfumer, his new scent, Le Rouge Parfum, is infused into every bullet. Prohibited, a classic scarlet, has particularly good colour pay-off.
A Super Satin
A little power player, Rouge Dior is one icon you’ll find in many a make-up artist’s kit for its satin sheen and punchy pigment.
The Smooth Icon
A rite-of-passage lipstick, whether you’re into Ruby Woo, Lady Danger or our choice, Chili, MAC's smooth finish that’s part-matte, part-satin is hard to beat.