Best Red Lipsticks: For Valentine’s Day

Nothing gives your look more of an instant impact than a slick of red lipstick. But finding the perfect red for your skin tone and style can be tricky. Luckily for you, I’ve spent years trying out every colour there is, on every face you can think of, so here are my favourites! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Image Credit @ Camilla Akrans

Whether it’s your go-to for off-duty chic, or your ultimate all-out glamour, nothing beats a red lip for an instant impact, especially when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Here, I round up my picks of the best red lipstick for every skin tone that I’ve relied on backstage and pre-red-carpet over the years.


For my collaboration with La Bouche Rouge I created six classic red lipsticks; one for every type of girl. From a classic British red to barely-there berry, I’ve tried to find a red that will work on everyone.

I work with a lot of people who feel at their most beautiful with a bold, red lip, but equally a lot of people could never imagine themselves feeling comfortable with a statement colour. Ranging from a bold rock star red shade, inspired by pop art and the reds in Andy Warhol’s work, to an innocent blush, reminiscent of your first red, like a delicate rose or the juice of a pomegranate.

I also included a passionate, vampy red, a regal, classic British royal red, a 70s American orange-red, think all-American, Pepsi Cola and roller disco, that will look amazing on dark or tanned skin, and an autumnal brown-red that is the closest to a nude in this collection, and will be great for those who often shy away from the trend.

Now, check out my picks of the best red lipsticks…


MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Carina’s Love

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Vinyl Cream Liquid Lipstick in Rouge Remix

Wendy Rowe for La Bouche Rouge

Max Factor Velvet Mattes Lipstick in Love

Looking for the best long-lasting lipsticks? Check out my guide to the ultimate non-transferrable lip colours.

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