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17 Truly Iconic Red Lipstick Shades Every Woman Should Own

A red lip can transform your look any day of the week, because it’s a lip for all seasons!

Red lipsticks are a rage these days. This lip color never goes out of fashion. It’s always on trend. From a teen to a young and mature lady, everyone enjoys wearing red lipstick on certain occasions if not on a regular basis. The bold look remains timeless through the years, gracing the lips of everyone from the original screen sirens to today’s leading ladies and pop stars. One single bullet can give you a glamorous look. So if you are also a true fan of red lipsticks then you must have one or two bullets from this list.

1. MAC Retro Matte Ruby Woo Lipstick

When it comes to red lipstick, Ruby Woo by Mac wins most popular. It is one of the best-selling shades of all time. Ruby Woo is a richly pigmented red with blue undertones, and is famous for its ultra matte finish.

2. BOBBI BROWN creamy matte lip color


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This new rich bright red goes on creamy but dries matte, and the best part is that it won’t budge for eight hours.

#3 DOLCE & GABBANA the cream lipstick in devil


Want a serious shot of color on your lips? This orange-y red, moisturizing lip color is ultra bright and is the perfect transition shade from summer to fall.

#4 DIOR OUGE Dior No. 999 Lipstick


It’s rumored that the original No. 9 lipstick made its debut at the very first Christian Dior runway show. Revived with a new formula (and two extra digits) the Dior Rouge No. 999 lipstick continues to work while you wear it. Sea Fennel extract stimulates cellular renewal, and hyaluronic acid instantly plumps and moisturizes. The smooth texture leaves a radiant satin finish.

#5 ELF COSMETICS ESSENTIAL lipstick in fearless


Thanks to its tiny flecks of mica, this red shade shines bright like a diamond on your lips.

#6 NARS Semi Matte Jungle Red Lipstick


No one does a red lip quite like NARS. This semi-matte formula features a patented blend of conditioners and antioxidants that nourish and hydrate. Inspired by the 1950s silver screen, the classic Jungle Red shade partners well with pale lids and a cat-eye

#7 GIORGIO ARMANI LIP Maestro In The Red


This newcomer doesn’t come in bullet form, however it’s stick-like stature houses an opaque stain that dries into a velvety lipstick-like finish. In our opinion, it’s kind of amazing.



This lipstick leaves behind a finish that’s as shiny as red-hot patent leather pumps.

#9 ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine


While Anastasia Beverly Hills is still holding down the thrown as Queen of Brows, the royal arch is making quite the name for herself among bold lip lovers. Sarafine is an almost crimson-like, deep red with blue undertones that can be worn as a statement color at the office, or used as a seductively alluring shade for a night out with your beau.

#10 NARS VELVET MATTE Lip pencil In The Red Dragon


Who wouldn’t want to color their lips with this vibrant red crayon-like lip pencil? This tried and true stick has earned street cred over the years because it goes on creamy but dries matte (so it won’t bleed into your lip lines), it’s highly pigmented, and it hydrates your mouth with vitamin E.

#11 YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 1 Le Rouge Lipstick


Born from the idea of dressing women’s lips in couture colors, Yves Saint Laurent introduced the Rouge Pur Couture collection in 1978. Hydrating and enriched with antioxidants, the No. 1 Le Rouge color is universally flattering, with cool blue undertones and bold, creamy coverage.

#12 Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sour Cherry


Bite’s red is bittersweet. Swipe on for a brooding, almost gothic but not-quite-that-extreme of a shade that looks as sweet as your favorite nonalcoholic’s garnish. It’ll be your outfit’s cherry on top.



Okay, how versatile is this bullet?! One side is a deep red, but when you want to switch it up for a lighter look, just flip it around and swipe the lighter pink side over your pout.

#14 TARTE COSMETICS GLAMAZON  12-HOUR Lipstick in Fierce


Sometimes red lipstick can be drying, but this one is so rich with mango, avocado, and shea butter that your pout will never be parched.

#15 Estée Lauder Pure Color Long-Lasting Lipstick in Scarlet Siren


Formulated with the brand’s exclusive True Vision technology for elegant color that’s long-wearing and rich with dimension, Estée’s red is the ideal formula. Smooth to apply, and strong enough so that it doesn’t feather or smudge, you’ll maybe need to swipe on one additional coat throughout the day.

#16 Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Carina’s Love


Inspired by the actress Carina Lau, Tilbury describes this new hue as a “highly pigmented shade that symbolizes good fortune and joy in Chinese Culture.” It’s a feel-good color you’ll love to wear and others will love to see you in!

#17 MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge Lipstick in C407 Black Red


Maybe instead of “bombshell,” you’re feeling the “brooding babe” aesthetic. It happens. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s black red lipstick is the moody shade to rock on days you’re uninterested in the world, but still interested in the beauty side of it

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