Red lipstick is a staple in just about every woman’s makeup bag. From red carpet looks to daytime strolls, red lipstick has become one of the most iconic shades for its versatility and striking finish. It’s a universal shade that can work on any skin tone, and can be crafted into any look to give you a stand out, posh and polished vibe. Whether you’re reaching for a subtle satin red or a dark matte, a red shade can be worn at any place and any time of the year to create a bigger and bolder pout instantly.
This timeless hue has been seen on some of the most legendary pouts in history. Could you ever picture Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, or Gwen Stefani without their namesake red lips? Yeah, neither could we.
From the classic red-lipped looks of Rita Hayworth to the more modern styling of pop star-turned-beauty guru Rihanna, cherry reds and deep wine lip tones never feel dated. It’s a beauty essential that just never seems to quit. The vibrant attitude of a rouge red pout is the most seamless way to complete any look.
Even the subtlest of deep red lipstick shades can dramatically upgrade your outfit of the day. If you’re headed to the hottest party of the year, or just running into the office, a mesmerizing red hue swiped onto your pout is like the cherry on top of you chic cake. Day or night, rain or shine, a dark ruby lip is adaptable for just about any occasion, so why not upgrade your day-to-day looks with this quintessential hue?
This autumn, we’re sticking to the classic matte reds, but with a dark twist. Berry tones and deep burgundy hues are the official colors of the fall season, so we’re ready to tuck our bubblegum pinks away for good (or just until summer comes around) and whipping out our favorite dark red lips.
Matte finishes paired with deep hues are a match made in cosmetics heaven, especially when you want to craft a more dramatic look. And mattes are far from dull: you can spice them up with an iridescent gloss, or mix and match your mattes for a lip-enhancing ombré look. But, the best way to rock a matte lip is with a deep red tone, creating a harmonious balance between intense and muted.
Don’t know where to start? Have no fear, because we’re here to help you switch up your style for the colder months ahead. We picked out some of the most essential red lipstick colors that we guarantee you’ll fall head over heels for.
Need a new poppin’ lip color? Check out these irresistible red lipstick hues to rock during any autumn occasion.
Nothing is more delectable than a warm cinnamon hue. This understated color is an understated red with just a dash of brown, creating the perfect everyday shade. It’s a great shade for those of you who prefer nudes and natural shades, but still crave just a pop of color to them.
Our favorite cinnamon shade: the Givenchy Le Rouge Matte Lipstick in Pourpre Defile. This subtle cinnamon color is great for going to the office, and going to the post-shift happy hour. The matted formula leaves an intense pop of color with a striking finish, creating a full, enticing pout.
Glitz & Glamour
For a major event, create a camera-ready look with an apple red. This crisp red hue that sits right in the middle of a warm and cool tone compliments just about every skin tone, and creates a striking pigment that won’t go unnoticed. This hue paired with a matte finish creates the ultimate lip for any glamorous event you’re headed to.
Our apple red pick: the Charlotte TIlbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red. This ultra matte formula may look like a brick red at first, but once this velvety-smooth formula is applied to the lips it leaves behind a rich, neutral red tone.
Sip On This
A sangria red is the sexier cousin of the overplayed red wine lipstick shade. This intoxicating shade is on par with the autumn season for it’s cool, calm tone the resembles everyone’s favorite drink. Because who said sangria is reserved solely for the warmer weather?
Our top sangria shade: the Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist Matte in Kiss. This lipstick is a knockout for its matte pigment that’s complemented by a balm-like formula. Unlike many other matte lipsticks on the market, you get a muted finish with a moisturizing texture. So, kiss chapped lips goodbye with this ultra-nourishing shade.
For a deep shade that still has the vibrant impact of brighter red shades, apply a brick hue. This shade has a small touch of orange to create a fiery finish, but also contains cool tones to give it a subtle, dark finish. It’s a sultry tone that’s perfect for autumn date nights.
Our brick pick: the NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Transeurope Express. This deep brick red gives your lips an enticing pop of pigment, and has just a touch of satin sheen from its semi-matte formula. Through the non-drying formula, you’ll have a full-bodied pout that will last you all day (or night) long.
Forget diamonds — because this season, rubies are a girl’s best friend. Our, at least the best lip color. A rich ruby hue gives your lips a luxurious look that’s ready to take on the day. If you want to make a statement with your style, then topping off your look with this ecentric dark red is a great way to do so.
Our favorite jewel toned lipstick: the TOM FORD Lip Color Matte in Night Porter. This impressive red lipstick packs on a vibrant tint that will definitely get everyone’s attention. It’s a powerful color to wear to the office, so you can show everyone who’s really the boss.
Play My Jam
Another sweet and sexy lip color on our radar is strawberry jam. This shade is as delcatable as it sounds: the bright red of the average strawberry is muddled down into a deep, jam shade. It’s the perfect way to wave goodbye to summer and embrace the darker tones of the colder months.
Our preferred strawberry jam lipstick: the Lime Crime Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick in Feelins. For a truly saturated matte color, we’re always in favor of a liquid lipstick, and Lime Crime basically runs that beauty department. This no-budge formula will stay bright and beautiful for hours without smudging or fading. Just one swipe and your lips are perfectly painted.
Autumn is the official season of burgundy sweaters. Just about every influencer whips out their favorite dark red sweater during the colder months, and they always have an understated matte red lip to match. It’s a cozy, wear anywhere shade that gets everyone in the spirit for fall.
Our favorite burgundy shade: the Guerlain Kiss Kiss Matte Lipstick in Spicy Burgundy. This shade takes the concept of the average dark red shade, and gives it a sexy kick with a slight glimmer. And, this formula is to die for: it contains hyaluronic acid and precious oils to moisturize and plump your pout. Softer, plumper lips with a rich burgundy tone? We’ll take it.
Just a Touch
When you want a slight pop of color, use a lip tint instead of a lipstick. This simple switch makes a major difference: lip tints aren’t as saturated in color as lipsticks are, so they’re more buildable and more breathable options.
Our lip tint pick: If you don’t know about Kjaer Weis yet, you should. This brand is one of the biggest up-and-comers in beauty, and their lip tint compact is one of their most popular products. This smooth, ultra-hydrating lip tint glides on easily and leaves a deep red tint on your pout. It’s not overwhelming with color, and it won’t dry or crackle your lips.
This dark cherry hue embodies the sweeter side of the autumn season. It’s a darker shade of red, but still has a lighthearted pop to it. It’s an adorable shade that’s perfect for selfies in pumpkin patches and apple picking.
Our favorite cherry shade: This hue from Smashbox not only adds a beautiful matte pigment to your lips in a mere swipe, but doesn’t budge an inch. It stays put all day long, and it has a strong saturated hold that only liquid lipsticks could hold up to.
For a truly deep and dark tone, swipe on a beet-red hue onto your lips. This veggie-inspired tone is a cooler-toned red shade, and has hints of brown and purple to create an intense look.
Our favorite beet shade: This Natasha Denona lipstick applies like a satin lipstick, but leaves a matte finish. The results: moisturized lips sans the shine and heaviness of other lipsticks.