You know of M.A.C’s Ruby Woo and YSL Beauty’s Le Rouge. Meet the others who have equally stood the tests of time (and lips).
Few things in this world inject confidence for women more than a red lipstick. It’s bold, statement-making and sophisticated all at the same time. Not to mention, it’s universally flattering – no wonder red lipsticks are among the best-selling shades for beauty brands everywhere.
As Gwyneth Paltrow once said, “Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick ass red lipstick.” We couldn’t have said it better.
Whether you’re new to the red lip look or you’ve been a fan from the start of your makeup journey, here are 10 of the most iconic red lipsticks to add to your collection.
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
We’re sure if you ask ten girls for a list of their favourite red lipsticks, at least nine of them would include MAC Cosmetic’s Ruby Woo. Rihanna herself was so obsessed with the shade that she made a limited-edition version called Riri Woo in 2013, which sold out within hours. W maccosmetics.com
Dior Rouge Dior 999
When Monsieur Dior created two red shades, 9 and 99, back in 1953, little did he know that they would eventually develop into the iconic 999 shade the House’s beauty line is known for today; so much so that the inside of every Rouge Dior lipstick cap features the colour! W dior.my
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick in Vengeful Red
Trust us, you don’t want to mess with a girl who wears a red lippie like Vengeful Red lest she does a Taylor Swift on you. It’s a red as bold as revenge. W esteelauder.com
YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge
Achieve flawlessly red lips in a satin finish with YSL’s best-selling lipstick for years – the Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge. It also comes with gold monogrammable packaging as a plus point! Available in stores.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl
You know a lipstick is a signature cult-favourite when even celebrities like Taylor Swift, Blake Lively and Olivia Munn own one. Its pinky hue looks amazing on cooler skin tones, but we’ve seen neutral and warm skin tones pull off the colour too. W narscosmetics.com
Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate
Chanel has got more than a few attention-grabbing reds in store, but the most popular of all is undoubtedly Pirate. It’s a red that is fun yet enigmatic, cool enough to make the boys go “aye”! W chanel.com
Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Parisian Red
The French have been long-time fans of the red lipstick, and this Parisian Red shade pays tribute to that with slightly yellow undertones and a dramatic creamy finish. Now you can take on the streets of Paris in style. Available in stores.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso
Those who like a hint of orange in their red lipstick will adore Beso. Its bright and super long-lasting formula simply says: This girl is on fire. Available in Sephora.
Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Idole
Try Lancome’s most popular lipstick formula in the shade Idole – a red that is slightly muted – for days when you want to wear the colour without looking too striking. We love how it glides smoothly and gives a matte finish that’s actually comfortable on the lips. W lancome.com.my
Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro in Four Hundred
Giorgio himself called this the “perfect red”, reproduced in the lab with inspiration from an unblemished red rose. The lip maestro formula is our favourite match for this shade, producing a velvety finish that screams sexy. W giorgioarmanibeauty.com
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