When it comes to the best red lipsticks, it's no lie that the holy grail exists—that’s especially true when it comes to this season’s delicious cohort of deeply dark red lipsticks. The One really is out there—that perfect shade of burgundy, berry or cherry noir to perfectly flatter your skintone, and set your features off on a seductive smoulder. It’s partly why we’re loving the trend so much right now. But that said, every woman worth her weight in lippy bullets knows that finding The One can take time and trial.
Which is exactly why we’ve taken the hard work out of it—yep, we’ve puckered, slicked and smudged our way through a whole host of dark red lipsticks to find the very best out there. Just follow our expert tips in the gallery below to match yourself up with your perfect deep red. Keep scrolling through the gallery below for expert tips and to shop the best dark red lipsticks.
If you’re fair, berry tones will do more for your complexion than a deep burgundy, which could leave you looking drained. Tom Ford’s Emma 24 is the perfect cranberry.
Pinot noir shades look great on medium complexions, though if you want to vamp it up a little, you'll need to look for a deeper burgundy. Buxom's Vampy Plum is ideal for smudging on during the day and layering up come evening.
For dark complexions, look to deep claret hues and rich oxblood shades to really make a statement. Burberry's new Oxblood No.549 is the ideal day-to-night hue.
A deep blackcurrant, the red wine tones in Charlotte Tilbury's Glastonberry will really pop on dark skin tones.
This almost-pink berry shade is the perfect party lip for fair complexions.
Medium complexions will look incredible wearing Illamasqua's creamy berry hue.
We're loving the new liquid lipsticks from Nails Inc founder Thea Green. I'm Very Busy falls on the brighter end of the dark red spectrum, making it the perfect power lip for fair to medium skin tones.
Created with dark skin tones in mind, MDMflow's Vamp is a seductive deep berry that can be lightly buffed on during the day, then layered up come party time.
This sheer tinted lip balm will suit all complexions, adding a subtle hint of colour with plenty of lip nourishment.
A delicious burgundy, RMS Beauty's Rapture works brilliantly as a daytime statement for medium to dark skintones.
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