Best red lipsticks to suit every skin tone – including matte and creamy finishes

Black liquid liner, rosy cheeks, big hair – some beauty trends just never seem to go out of fashion, and the best red lipsticks are one such trend.

A simple slick of scarlet suits everyone, lifts the spirits and instantly makes you look "done". Keep the rest of your make-up minimal to really let your lips do the talking, or complement the look with a flick of the best eyeliner for added glam.

And so if there’s one makeup product that’s worth spending a little extra on, it’s this. Especially now, as the right shade will see you right through Christmas to the new year.

Whether you're after a true red, fiery orange or a shade with a cooler undertone, here are the OK! beauty team’s perfect picks for every skin tone.

The best red lipsticks for party season

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored, £20 here

Described as a universally flattering red, Fenty Beauty's liquid formula promises to last as long as 12 hours with a soft matte finish.

Tester says: "The doe foot applicator makes this liquid lipstick super easy to apply and, as expected, it's such a flattering shade of red. Leave it to Rihanna to make an Instant classic!"

Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Lunaison in Madge Red, £38 here

Featuring pretty, limited edition packaging, this creamy lipstick has a subtle sparkle to give lips a party-perfect finish. Madge Red is a rich burgundy that looks especially gorgeous on dark skin tones.

Tester says: "Though the outside layer of the lipstick looks very sparkly, it applies to a nice iridescent finish – which made my lips look a lot more plump than usual. The tip was sharp so I didn’t need a liner, and I thought it gave the best of both worlds between a matte and a cream formula."

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Walk of No Shame, £25 here

Described as a berry rose, this matte shade will perfectly complement mid to dark skin tones. The lipstick also features an angled square tip for precise application, and the formula contains orchid extract to keep lips hydrated.

Tester says: "I’m used to pointed bullet designs but the square tip on this made it really easy to line lips at the same time as filing them in. I love how matte the effect was but it didn’t make my lips feel at all dry. The colour lasted quite a while without fading, too."

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Intimatte Matte Lipstick in Not Flirting, £27.50 here

This vivid orange-based red looks gorgeous against warm and olive skin tones, and is more autumn appropriate than a coral. While the finish is matte, there’s hyaluronic acid blended into the formula for comfortable and lightweight wear.

Tester says: "I genuinely did a mini gasp when I twisted this lipstick up – the colour is mesmerisingly bright and not like any other red I’ve seen before. It transferred easily onto my lips without dragging and it didn’t budge for hours. My new favourite."

MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Colour in Devoted to Chili, £19.50 here

A warm, brick red with a slight rusty undertone, it’s perfect for those who suit warmer shades but want something a tad more understated than a punchy bright. The texture is mousse-like but dries into a non-transferable matte finish.

Tester says: "Liquid lipsticks often go a bit splodgy on application but the hourglass applicator tip meant I managed to create a good shape without needing much correction. Be warned, it sets very fast so take your time to apply it neatly as the colour lasted me all day (and through wearing a face covering)."

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita Scarlet, £26 here

This pillarbox red is warm in colour but still has a slightly blue undertone, making it ideal for most skin tones. It has a creamy finish that promises not to bleed and a sharp tip for defining lips.

Tester says: "As much as I love a matte finish, sometimes a creamy red just makes me feel less 'done'. It does transfer onto my coffee mug, but the pigment is so strong that I find it keeps my lips tinted, even after the formula has faded."

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