Red lipsticks are pretty great, which is probably why we've shown you 10 tricks for pulling them off and myriad ways to customize them to suit your personal style. There are so many options for "the perfect red" on the market — but which are actually the best? What's the swipe-right forever of reds?
Honestly, it's a question no beauty editor could answer, so instead, we turned to some of the most prominent makeup pros in the business. Here, they reveal the tubes they always pull out when they need a solid slick of crimson — or blue-red, or orange-red.
Click through to see their picks, and let us know your favorites in the comments.
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"This is the first product I go to when I need a vivid red," says Pati Dubroff, who paints the pouts of Charlize Theron, Miley Cyrus, Naomi Watts, and others. "It is, hands-down, my number-one."
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Editorial makeup artist Benjamin Puckey and Ms. Dubroff both recommend Surratt's lip crayon for its gorgeous blue-red shade and its superb ease of application.
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"For a deep red that's not so classic, but can be worn matte or as a stain, I love this shade by Chanel," says makeup pro Kara Yoshimoto Bua. "It's my nighttime preference for anyone with olive skin."
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Puckey insists there's almost nothing better than the vivid, semi-matte finish of NARS' iconic orange-red tube.
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"I could never have just one favorite red lipstick, but this is my latest obsession. I absolutely love the packaging, plus the matte consistency somehow leaves your lips feeling moist," says makeup pro Jenn Streicher.
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"This velvety stain in bold, classic red gives lips a modern and sleek feel because the texture isn't too lipstick-y," says Nick Barose, makeup man to stars like Lupita Nyong'o and Emma Roberts.
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Nelson favors this matte, crimson red for vampier moments.
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