Red is the color of passion, the color of love. This is the sexiest color one can have in her makeup pouch. There are several shades of red lipstick available in the market. These include warm shades like crimson, coral and some cool shades like maroon, wine red, etc. It is important to choose the shade wisely to compliment your skin tone. In short, there will always be a shade for everyone. To get that perfect glamorous look, all you need to do is devote a few minutes to apply the perfect red lip color.
Here are 21 of the best red lipsticks that are worth giving a try.
1. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick, Fatal Red
A warm red that is flattering on every Indian tone, Maybelline’s Fatal Red is a gorgeous, glossy red. Its creamy, smooth texture stays put for over 3 hours, and leaves a lovely pinkish tint as it fades.
2. L’Oréal Paris Color Riche, Red Passion
This deep red has a hint of shimmer that suits almost every complexion, although it might look a tad too bright on fair skin. However, this should not deter fair-skinned girls from wearing this lustrous lipstick, which lasts upto 5 hours without leaving a tint. An added bonus is that it is hydrating, as it is enriched with Vitamin E and omega-3 oils.
3. MAC, Russian Red
A classic red shade with blue undertones, this super popular MAC lipstick is almost always sold out. This deep red colour flatters nearly every skin tone, making it perfect for Indian complexions. It has a creamy texture and is not drying, even though it has a matte finish. It lasts a good 5-6 hours without bleeding or settling into fine lines.
4. Lotus Herbals Pure Color (Red Rose)
Red Rose from Lotus Herbals is a raspberry red shade, which provides a semi matte, creamy finish and glides smoothly on the lips. It is light weight and offers 4-5 hours of staying power, after which it fades without leaving any tint. It doesn’t bleed or settles in fine line of the lips. It contains jojoba and aloe vera, which keeps your lips soft and hydrated. It is quite affordable with a price of Rs 245.
5. MAC, Ruby Woo
No red lipstick list is complete without MAC’s Ruby Woo in it. If you want your lips to make an entry before you, Ruby Woo is what you need. This pop red colour can be worn by anyone, no matter your skin tone. It is highly pigmented and stays put for at least 6 hours. However, your lips might need a little lip balm after a few hours because it is a really matte formula. Since it is a blue-based red, it makes your teeth look whiter. #Win!
6. NARS Semi Matte Lipstick, Heat Wave
NARS Heat Wave is like the subtle sister of MAC’s Lady Danger. A velvety orange red, it has the ability to brighten your face without looking OTT. It is a semi-matte lipstick, which means it doesn’t fade, bleed or settle into fine lines. It is pigmented and creamy enough to apply without tugging.
7. Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain, Rouge Laque
Glossy stains are a category to themselves. They aren’t lipsticks, nor are they lip glosses. They are lip stains in a glossy finish. The liquid consistency may seem sticky on application, but it feels better within five minutes later and leaves you with luscious, cherry-red lips. It can last up to four hours. This shade can look a little overwhelming on fair-skinned girls, and is best for evening wear thanks to its intensely glossy finish.
8. Nars Audacious Lipstick, Rita
This new line of lipsticks from Nars is absolutely phenomenal — long-lasting, smooth, saturated and comfortable to wear. It’s the kind of lipstick that make you realise that sometimes splurging on make-up can be worth it. Rita is a gorgeous scarlet that really pops on medium-tone complexions.
9. Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12, Old Hollywood
What if I tell you that you can have an intensely pigmented, cherry red lipstick that lasts 6-8 hours without budging, transferring, bleeding, or drying out your lips? Incredible, ins’t it? Old Hollywood from Bobbi Brown is all of the above. The blue-based red is creamy yet lightweight, and provides full coverage in a single swipe. It’s pretty similar to MAC’s Russian Red but isn’t as bright.
10. Chambor Powder Matte Lipstick in Rubis Rouge
A tomato red colour, Rubis Rouge has orange undertones and comes in a matte formula. A single swipe will not look as pigmented as the red in the tube, but it can definitely be worn as tint during the day. It has a buildable formula and two swipes give off a fabulous retro vibe. It lasts for about four hours. The only downside is that it transfers a lot.
11. Colorbar Matte Touch Lipstick, Sweet heart
Colorbar is one of the leading cosmetic brands in India. As evident from its name, Rich Red is a bright bold red lip color. This lipstick offers a matte finish and a creamy texture to the lips. Just one swipe gives you a beautiful velvety textured red color. Vitamin E present in it hydrates your lips. It lasts up to 5 hours after application.
12. Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick, Hearts And Tarts
A warm, bright red lipstick, Hearts and Tarts has orange undertones. Although it’s a matte formula, it has a velvety smooth texture. It smudges quite a bit so you need to be careful after application, but it has an amazing staying power. It fades away after 5-6 hours of wear without settling in fine lines. It looks best on people with mid-tone complexions.
13. Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick, Hot Hot Hot
It is very difficult to find a bright red colour that doesn’t scream for attention. Hot Hot Hot is one such lipstick that instantly brightens your face, and that’s not even the best part. It suits every complexion and undertone, which is a tall order from a drugstore brand. Although it’s from the Velvet Matte range, it glides on without an effort and looks slightly glossy. The only downside is that it smudges a lot. But it’s nothing a translucent powder can’t fix.
14. Guerlain Rouge G Jewel Lipstick Compact – Garconne
A classic glossy red, Garconne is not your regular bright red lipstick. More on the muted side, it is a medium-dark red with pronounced blue undertones. Just one stroke is enough to get a fully opaque colour. It is soft and creamy and lasts a good six hours without making lips feel dry.
15. Color Fever Lip Bomb Matt Lipstick, Crimson Red
Lip Bomb is the lipstick the world is talking about. Try it and you will know why. The secret to gorgeous lips is secret no more! The refreshingly tingly Lip Bomb comes in 24 captivating shades. Ranging from reds to browns and pinks, Lip Bomb is here to complement and brighten Indian skin tones. Now you really have no excuse to wear the same shade, all day every day.
16. Lakme Absolute Gloss Addict Lipstick, Red Delight
Pure Brick is an insanely gorgeous earthy red; the kind that is powerful without being overwhelming. It is a brownish red shade with orange undertones, it looks smashing on Indian skin. It goes on smoothly and settles into a comfortable matte finish. It lasts up to seven hours without any touch-ups. You might need a touch of clear lip balm after a few hours if you have dry lips though.
17. Maybelline 14 Hr Lipstick, Non Stop Red
So you don’t want to err on the side of caution every single time. While muted reds are great for the day or at work, you might want a bright pop of red on your lips for a night out. Non Stop Red is what I would call a party-appropriate red. It is neon tone and stays put for six hours and even survives heavy meals. What’s even better is that it fades evenly, leaving a pleasant red tint.
18. Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick, Mat 4
Mat 4 is a bright coral red. One swipe gives a mere hint of colour, which works well for people who aren’t comfortable wearing bright shades. You’ll need two to three swipes for fully pigmented colour. The staying power is four hours and although it is a matte formula, it looks glossy and doesn’t settle into fine lines.
19. Lakmé Absolute Hi-Definition Matte Lipstick, Red Rush
A bright red with orange undertones, Red Rush is soft and creamy and isn’t a neon shade even though it looks that way in the tube. Its velvety-matte texture is extremely pigmented and lightweight, and lasts a good six hours without bleeding or feathering.
20. Lakme 9 to 5, Red Coat
Lakme 9 to 5 Red Coat shade is a bright red colored lipstick. Popular among the Indian youth, it gives a matte finish and smooth texture. It contains Vitamin E and wheat germ oil, which hydrates and softens your lips. The name itself suggests its long lasting nature (4-5 hours). It is available both offline and online! It is also affordable and costs Rs 400.
21. Coloressence Mesmerizing Lip Color, Hot Look
If you are bored of the typical red lip color, then this one comes with a twist. This lipstick gives you lovely deep magenta shade, a color that suits the Indian skin tone very well. Its benefits include a creme matte finish and 4 hours staying power. Even while eating, it doesn’t bleed, smudge or fade. It contains almond oil and Vitamin E, which nourish your lips. Its spf-15 content protects the lips from sun damage. It comes with an affordable range of Rs 160 (approx).