Perfect red lipsticks for the party season

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We run through some of the best red lipsticks on the market for this festive season.


Still one of the hottest trends of the year, matte lipsticks are here to stay. And if you’ve got nourished lips ready for the perfect pout, then a matte red lipstick could be the way forward. Not a cheap option, but Christian Louboutin’s Velvet Matte lip colour in Rouge Louboutin is the perfect red which matches the shade on the soles of the designer’s famous shoes. If you want a darker red, then Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red is the perfect choice – a long-lasting, buildable, hydrating formula that packs a real colour punch. MAC’s Ruby Woo has become a cult favourite over the years, and it’s not hard to see why. Or if you want a budget-friendly option, then give MUA’s Luxe Velvet Matte Lipstick a try in #5, Red – a gorgeous, sumptuous red that will look stunning with any party ensemble.


If you suffer from dry or chapped lips then it’s a good idea to go for a nourishing lipstick rather than a matte option. Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Lipstick in Red is top of our wish list, thanks to its non-shimmery finish and the fact it’s infused with moisturising Shea Butter to help keep your pout hydrated and healthy. Laura Mercier’s Creme Smooth Lip Colour is an absolutely gorgeous product in 19 different shades, with Merlot the perfect choice for the festive season. A cheaper option is NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick, which leaves a lovely finish, with their shade Moonlit Night a sexy take on the red lips trend.


On the other end of the lipstick spectrum to matte, glossy is another way to go. NARS’ Lip Gloss in Eternal Red provides luxurious shine and rich, sexy colour to really make you stand out from the crowd. For a somewhat more subtle approach, Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Bitter Orange is a good option, while Makeup Revolution’s Amazing Lipgloss in Hot is a purse-friendly choice.

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