10 of the best red lipsticks

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Abi Jackson

As Gwyneth Paltrow once said, "Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick." Guaranteed to transform your look from boring to bold in one easy swipe, it's no wonder the crimson lip never goes out of style. But hunting for the perfect red can be an arduous task, so we've done the hard work for you, and tracked down 10 iconic shades the Stylist team swear by...

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    This cult pillar box red contains Pro-Xylane® to replenish the lips, and is ultra-hydrating.

    Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge, £21,

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    Created to commemorate the Russian ballet's 100 year anniversary, this is a sheer but sumptuous scarlett shade.

    3 Custom Color Lipstick in Ballet Russe, £14,

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    Worried about finding the right red for your skin tone? Private Red changes shade depending on the wearer.

    DuWop Private Red, £18,

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    Channel old Hollywood glamour with this matte, highly pigmented shade from cult favourites Illamasqua. After hours of use, this lipstick won't budge - making it perfect for the party season.

    Illamasqua Lipstick in Box, £15,

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    Red lipstick is an iconic look for Kate Moss, so naturally her collection for Rimmel would include this seductive shade.

    Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick, £5.49,

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    A unanimous office vote in the Stylist office declared this the lipstick of choice for a night out.

    MAC Ruby Woo lipstick, £13.50,

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    With gorgeous gold packaging and a trilogy of gold sparkles in the pigment, this shade gives lips a subtle shimmer.

    YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre, £22.50,

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    Tom Ford has become as known for his gorgeously packaged lipsticks as his clothes - this was an instant sell-out in his first collection.

    Tom Ford Cherry Lush Lipstick, £36,

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    Velvety soft and actually comfortable to wear, this rich red works for day and night.

    Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante, £23.50,

  • 10 iconic red lipsticks

    Poppy King is lipstick-obsessed, and her line Lipstick Queen was made for lovers of a bold lip. With 90 percent pigment, her Sinner red has no shimmer or frosting, just a pure,unadulterated pop of colour.

    Sinner 90 percent Pigment Lipstick, £17.00,


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