Slightly on the warm side, this iconic shade of Dior has been a pro favourite as it makes everyone look good. Plus, this velvety texture leaves a soft matte, but buttery finish so your lips never feel dry throughout the day.
For a clean, neutral red: MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Red Rock, $33
Described on the brand website as a “clean, neutral red”, what this means is that the cool and warm undertones are perfectly balanced. The result? A perfect neutral red that works for every skin tone, from the lightest to darkest as well as those with yellowish or pinkish undertones.
For a glossy finish: Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lacquer Shine in RD163, $38
Shu Uemura fans would be familiar with its extensive lipstick offerings under the Rouge Unlimited range. This month, the brand is introducing another new texture, further widening the options to its customers and makeup lovers all over the world. Aptly named “Lacquer Shine”, this new finish is super glossy and shiny while retaining a vibrant and saturated effect.
For a hint of orange: HERA Sensual Tint in 296 Lively Orange, $43
For those looking to venture into brighter and bolder shades, this one from HERA is the perfect starting point. While it veers just a bit into orange, it is still easy to pull off.
Plus, this formula also means you can control how pigmented you want the effect to be: apply a tiny amount and dab to blend for a stained effect or apply directly with the applicator for a saturated finish.
For a blue red: Guerlain KissKiss in 325 Rouge Kiss, $52
For a matte finish: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored, $36
Arguably the poster child for inclusivity in the beauty game, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty serves up one of the widest shade range when it comes to foundation and concealers. Plus, the Stunna Lip Paint lip colours are also branded as universally flattering.
For a fire engine red: Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Red Revival, $19.90
A great option for those who prefer a slightly deeper red, this budget-friendly pick is also often recommended by makeup artists to those who don’t wish to spend too much money on something they only wear once in a while. But thanks to its rich pigments and creamy application, we think you’ll be wearing this a lot more often than you intended to.