Red lipstick is one of the only beauty staples that never goes off trend. Gracing make-up bags and dressing tables for decades, red lips are synonymous with timeless glamour and elegance, as well as adding serious (and easy) allure.
Not just for special occasions, red lipstick has filtered down into our day-to-day. Whether you want to dress up a casual look at the weekend, or make that shift from day to night, a slick of red lipstick change be a real game-changer.
Alexa Chung even claims red lipstick is perfect for disguising tiredness of a hangover; a colour pop to detract attention from looking a little worse for wear. (InStyle tip: Matte lipstick works better for a low-key look.)
The only thing standing in the way of many a woman and her perfect pout? The quest for finding a shade that suits. Whether it’s the drastic change from your usual look or the idea that it won’t suit your complexion, thanks to the rich range of reds there’s the perfect one for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding it.
Red is big right now, with models at Burberry styled with muted pouts while at Zac Posen the shade was brighter and more defined with a minimal eye.
It was the make-up de choix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with everyone from Kendall Jenner to Marion Cotillard opting for a chic red lip.
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...
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