These Are the Red Lipsticks That A-Listers Always Wear

I've been 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 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 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.

The Byrdie Edit

Want more red lipstick recomendations? Well, as seasoned wearers ourselves, we've amassed collections that practically catalogue every red lipstick ever made. Which means we are pretty well-equipped with the knowledge to suggest some rather great options too. We've whittled down our favourites to bring you this: a list of the 7 creamiest, most high-pigment, easy-to-apply sticks of the punchiest, most universally-flattering shades that are Byrdie editor approved. Stick to this path, and you just won't go wrong with your next purchase. Click through to find the best red lipsticks we keep coming back to.

Next up! The ultimate guide to picking the best nude lipsticks for your skin tone.

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