7 Red Lipsticks That A-Listers Always Use
I'm on a seemingly never-ending quest for the best red lipstick. Currently, I have a grand total of five red lippies in my handbag (they all suit different moods and outfits, okay?). The iconic shade has been around for roughly 5000 years (shout-out to Wikipedia for the knowledge) and has been popular during the 19th, 20th and now 21st centuries. Famously, flappers wore it in the 1920s, thanks to advancements in technology giving us the lipstick bullet, and it became ubiquitous in Hollywood with the likes of Marilyn Monroe elevating it to its now iconic status.
As a result, the red lipstick will never leave our makeup bags. But as with everything these days, there are so many incredible options that it's hard to find the right one for you. We turned to today's biggest stars to see what they put on their lips in a bid to uncover the best red lipsticks out there. We've even tested out a few of the latest launches so you can shop more updated versions. (Spoiler: A red lip crayon is all the rage right now.) Keep scrolling to see which red lipsticks the A-list loves, plus some of our favourites right now.
Now we have it on good authority that Kendall Jenner likes to wear Restless, a lipstick that she created with Estée Lauder. Of course, like her sisters, the selling power of the Kardashian/Jenner family means that this red lipstick is already sold out (sad face). Instead, try the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Envious (£26) for a similar hue.
Queen Bey is another celeb who is keen to switch up her lip colour. According to her makeup artist, Sir John, she "loves a red lip. It's her go-to pick-me-up." She also goes for a slightly orangey shade (as it suits darker skin tones). Try Lord & Berry Vogue Lipstick in Red (£15) to re-create this look.
There are few people in the world of celebrity who are as dedicated to the red lip colour as Gwen Stefani. While other A-listers might change their lip colour depending on their mood, Stefani's swipe of rouge has become her signature look. But the best way to re-create it? Using two lipsticks no less. First, she starts with a matte base from L'Oréal's Infallible line. However, the shade she uses isn't available in the UK, so opt for L'Oréal Infallible Ombre Matte Lipstick in Disturb 006 (£6). Then go over the top in something a little glossier with MAC's Lipglass in Russian Red (£15).
Kim Kardashian West often reveals a lot about her makeup and skincare routines on her app, and when she discussed her favourite lip colours, it was no different. While she's often in her signature nude lip, she loves a few different colours to help her lips pop, saying "I usually like to keep my lips neutral, but ultra-colorful shades are so fun for spring." As for her red, she tends to go for a slightly orangey shade (again, it looks best on olive skin tones) in the form of Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour in Escatin (£70).
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