The same way a little black dress is essential in your closet, a red lipstick is a vital component of your makeup collection. It's the perfect hue for taking your look to the next level, whether you pair it with a cat eye and a full face of foundation or simply swipe on the shade and wear it alone.
But what are the best red lipsticks? Well, if you're especially into makeup, we recommend owning more than one. Cherry reds are ideal for when you are feeling retro and want to emulate your favorite pinup girl, while dark crimson is the sexy color that can make you feel like a femme fatale. In the summer, you may want to try out a warm orange-red or one with a glossy finish to complement the bright weather.
Regardless of how many red lipsticks you plan to add to your collection, we've got you covered. We've tried dozens of brands and shades to ensure we bring you the very best red lipstick for both fair skin and dark skin tones, and ranging in price from the best drugstore options to luxury splurges. Ahead, you'll find lipsticks with formulas that are lust-worthy and shades that are sure to flatter. Whether you're looking for the best matte red lipstick for a sophisticated look or the best shiny red lipstick for a glossy pop of color, our list will not disappoint you.