Weekend Obsessions: The 5 Best Red Lipsticks

Alle Connell

Is there anything more magical than a really wonderful lipstick? The right color can transform your look, your mood and give you the confidence to get out there and really run your day.

And there’s truly no better color lipstick than red. As a crimson connoisseur, I’ve dedicated my life to the search for the best red lipstick. And while I could never pick just one, I have found some really amazing colors and formulas. So to celebrate the long weekend, I’ve put together this collection of my all-time favorite red lipsticks—along with how I wear each of them. Consider this a gift from my red lipstick-obsessed life to yours.

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Urban Decay Matte Revolution in Bad Blood ($22, urbandecay.com)

I love a good matte lipstick, and Urban Decay’s new line of mattes are some of the best I’ve come across. Creamy, dreamy and gorgeous-feeling, the texture and wear on these are unparalleled—I put them on first thing in the morning, and it stays immaculate all day long. Bad Blood, recently seen on FKA Twigs at the VMAs, is a gorgeous cool-toned crimson that makes me think of old Hollywood starlets. To let this shade take center stage on my face, I wear Bad Blood with brown mascara and lots of shimmery highlighter for maximum radiance.

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MAC Vamplify Lip Gloss in Tease Don’t Touch ($20, maccosmetics.com)

I’m a bit of a lipgloss hater in general—I don’t mess with products that are sticky or high maintenance—but even I can’t side-eye Vamplify. These glosses are SO supreme: brightly pigmented and shiny, non-sticky and incredibly long-lasting. Tease Don’t Touch is a slightly warm-toned candy apple red that is absolute perfection—I love wearing it with black winged eyeliner and peach blush for a pinup-inspired look.

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Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage ($50, ulta.com)

Dark reds can be difficult, primarily because they tend to wear strangely—they often apply patchily, sink into the lines of your lips and wear unevenly—and because of this, it took me years to find a deep scarlet that I really loved. Thanks goodness for Entourage. A rich dark red that reminds me of a really good wine, this is one of the few colors that both my mother (who has an olive complexion) and I (very fair) can both wear. Though this is also billed as a matte lipstick, I find that it’s more of a semi-matte; it has some shine to it that gives the color life and interest. Plus, the packaging? Beyond beautiful. My official date night go-to, I pair this lipstick with smokey brown eye makeup and matte skin for a supremely sexy look.

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($26, sephora.com)

Incredibly bright and flattering, Dragon Girl is my all-time favorite power red—and it’s also Taylor Swift’s favorite lip color too, so I’m in good company. I especially love that this comes in a pencil, because it makes application incredibly quick and easy…plus, any time I can skip lip liner, I’m happy. And the Velvet Matte formula is truly wonderful—it really does feel like velvet on your lips, and never dries you out. I like to pair Dragon Girl with some shimmery bronzer, defined brows and loosely wavy hair. The matte finish elevates any look.

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Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in Deep Red ($24, ulta.com)

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a massive Lipstick Queen fan—the brand’s founder, Poppy King, is one of my all-time beauty inspirations. The Saint line of lipsticks is very sheer, and that’s why I love Deep Red; despite the name this is a beautiful neutral red that gives my lips a hint of rosy color without being overpowering. It also has a delicious pastry-like scent that I can’t get enough of. If you’re a red lipstick beginner, this is a great, non-scary color to start with. I like to wear this with no makeup at all when I’m out walking my dog, or as a hint of non-overpowering lip color with bright green eyeliner.

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