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A bold red lipstick is a secret weapon in the beauty world—it’s the easiest way to look confident, sexy and, at the very least, put-together, in a single swipe. Certain shapes of red lipstick have stood the test of time to become iconic. From MAC’s Ruby Woo, Dior’s 999 to Revlon’s Ice & Fire, each shade is unique in its own way to bring out the best of its wearer. Here, we’ve rounded up the best red lipsticks of all time, plus new shades for 2020 that you should swipe on.

1. Giorgio Armani Beauty Rouge d'Armani Lipstick in 400

An all-time favourite, Giorgio Armani's Rouge d'Armani in iconic shade 400 has been given a new formula to create an intense, long-lasting colour with an extreme matte finish.

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2. MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red

Created for Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, the “Russian Red” shade has been the superstar’s favourite ever since.

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3. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice

Revlon’s Fire & Ice is the kind of lipstick that can take your look from zero to 100 in one single stroke. The shade debuted in 1952 and continues to be a best-seller 68 years later. The secret is in the vitamin E-infused formula, which makes it ultra-comfy on your lips and the shade has a orange-red colour that’s flattering on any skin tone.

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4. Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999

Rumour has it that this lip colour debuted at Dior’s first-ever runway show in 1947, and it can still be found in makeup artists’ kits more than 70 years later. This red lip stain is brightly pigmented without drying your lips, and comes in matte and satin finishes that last all day.

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5. Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dragon Girl

A dramatic red that instantly brings out the confidence in its wearer, Nar’s “Dragon Girl” gives you more control in a pencil form, which allows the colour to slide smoothly without getting chalky.

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6. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored

The ultimate red lipstick that stays on your lips all day long, “Uncensored” stands out as a liquid lipstick with a soft matte finish. The bold, eye-catching colour surprisingly doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry, and you won’t have to worry about touch-ups during the day.

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7. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red

Perfect your head-turning pout with Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood-inspired “Red Carpet Red” matte lipstick, a movie-star red that evokes glitz and glamour that will make you stand out from the crowd from day to night.

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8. Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Velvet Matte

There’s no doubt that Christian Louboutin is an expert in the colour red. The shoe designer brought his iconic red sole to makeup, creating striking shades of red including the signature Rouge Louboutin with a choice of a matte or satin finish.

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9. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in #627 Camelia Carmin

Speaking of red lipstick, Chanel’s Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate is a timeless shade that exudes timeless elegance. Its latest lipstick collection, Rouge Allure Camelia, is a modern day classic that features a limited edition of four bold and luminous Rouge Allure and four vibrant matte Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks.

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10. Hourglass Nº 28 Lip Treatment Oil

Inspired by its best-selling brick-red lip colour “At Night”, Hourglass’ new lip treatment oil delivers a flush of healthy colour in only a few swipes. Infused with essential oils, vitamins and three powerful active ingredients to boost moisture levels, this anti-ageing treatment will instantly make your lips feel soft and smooth.

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11. Tom Ford Lip Color Scarlet Rouge

Tom Ford’s Scarlet Rouge is a proof that a vibrant red lipstick doesn’t need to be drying at all, thanks to a blend of all-natural soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil, which gives a creamy consistency and a luminous finish. 

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12. YSL Rouge Volupté Rock'n Shine in N°8 Rock'N Red

YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge is a celebrity favourite for good reason. It’s a true, feminine red lipstick that envelops your lips in the most classic of ways. For 2020, YSL has just launched 16 new shades in its Rouge Volupté Rock'n Shine collection, including the sensual “Rock’n Red” which is sure to make your lips the centre of attention.

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