Red lipstick is one of the only beauty staples that never ever goes off trend. In make-up bags and on dressing tables for decades, red lips are synonymous with timeless glamour and elegance, as well as adding serious (and easy) sass points.
Not just for special occasions, red lipstick has filtered down into our day-to-day. Whether you want to dress up a casual look when you're hungover and rushing to brunch plans at the weekend, or make that shift from day to night when you thought you'd get time to go home and change, a slick of red lipstick can be a real game-changer.
Alexa Chung even claims red lipstick is perfect for disguising tiredness or a hangover — a colour pop to detract attention from looking a little worse for wear. (InStyle tip: Matte red lipstick works better for a low-key look.)
The only thing stopping most people going for a punchy red lip? How tricky it can be finding a shade that suits. Whether it’s the drastic mix-up from your usual look or the idea that it won’t suit your complexion, thanks to the massive range of reds there’s the perfect one for everyone (yes, everyone), it’s just a matter of finding it.
Red is big right now, with models at Erdem styled with smudgy muted pouts while at Joseph the shade was brighter, more matte and more defined with a minimal eye — just a slick of mascara. (Look to Margot Robbie for IRL inspo for this look.)
Models at the Atelier Versace show even had a glitter finish to their red lips, ideal for when the winter party season comes round (again).
We've rounded up our tried and tested favourite lipsticks, from purse-friendly classics like Rimmel's Kate Moss range, to the new releases which have taken the beauty world by storm like Estee Lauder's new Color Envy collection, and the old favourites such as Mac's Ruby Woo and Tom Ford lipstick. Check them out for the perfect red pout... (And if you're still a little daunted, go more natural with a nude lipstick.)
Ever wondered which shade of red would actually suit you best? Check out our sister site Powder for recommendations tailored to your skin tone, hair colour, eye colour AND budget.