It's been the hottest make-up look of 2009 and it's turning out to be a festive beauty favourite with celebrities. Stars like Gwen Stefani, Daisy Lowe and Sarah Harding can't get enough of the instant shot of red carpet glamour delivered by a wind-up tube of red lippy.
It used to be that the red lip struck fear into the heart of women everywhere, but there are so many different formulations, nuances of colour and varying finishes that even if you're a nude lips gal you can get in on this trend.
Our favourite red lipsticks?
Lipstick Queen's Saint 10 Percent Pigment in Rouge - a sheerer red lipstick for anyone who's a little faint-hearted… An ideal first foray into red.
MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger - a matt shade that's got a coral base and works best against darker skin tones.
MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo - a regular winner in InStyle's Best Beauty Buys because it's a great suits-all colour. It's also the favourite shade of celeb red lipstick wearer, Dita Von Teese.
Chanel Rouge Hydrabase in Fire - a deep red to be worn with plenty of attitude for a killer vampy look.
Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick in Ruby – a classic red that works well on yellow skintones, as worn by Scarlett Johansson.
By Pat McNulty