Nothing brightens a gray February day like a swipe of juicy red lipstick. There are thousands of options to choose from, but only a few tried and true favorites make it to cult status. Whether you prefer a classic deep matte or a modern sleek gloss, your match is out there. Read on for some of the most popular reds for date night– or just for you.
Red Lipsticks & Glosses for the Perfect V-Day Pout
A classic staple, Mac’s Ruby Woo is a “vivid blue-red,” and is known to be universally flattering on all skin tones. Its rich pigmentation lends to long-lasting color and gives major French girl vibes.
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The queen of makeup artistry herself created a cosmetics line. What more can we say? Of course the products are the absolute best. The MatteTrance lipstick is known for its featherweight consistency and has a unique oil-infused powder formula that conditions lips as it colors. Try the cult favorite Elson 2- a fiery red with orange undertones. Worth it just for the chic little tube it comes in.
Need more shine, but still want vibrant color? YSL’s hybrid Glossy Stain gives the texture and shine of a gloss while delivering the long lasting results of a lip stain. Rouge Laque #9 packs a candy apple red punch.
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty was a blowout success upon hitting the market - and with good reason. The line offers a huge array of inclusive shades, and made such an impact that Time Magazine named the brand one of the 25 Inventions of the Year. We love the Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored, which claims to be the “perfect universal red.” It is a matte formula truly great for all skin tones- but looks especially luxe on darker tones.
A classic drugstore brand, CoverGirl’s Outlast All Day in Your Classic Red is an affordable, long-lasting red that comes with a slick moisturizing top coat. The formula is “Leaping Bunny Certified,” meaning it will never be tested on animals - major points for that.
Is subtle more your style? The no-makeup brand Glossier offers a delectable gloss in red. It gives high-wattage shine with a more subdued rouge; the gloss glides on super smoothly and is heralded for not leaving that tacky feeling many glosses do.