The Red Lipsticks Makeup Artists Actually Use

Photo: Courtesy of Burberry.
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.
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Click through to see their picks, and let us know your favorites in the comments.
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Photo: Via NARS.
"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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Photo: VIa Surratt.
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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Photo: VIa Chanel.
"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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Photo: Courtesy of NARS.
Puckey insists there's almost nothing better than the vivid, semi-matte finish of NARS' iconic orange-red tube.
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Photo: VIa MAC.
This cult-classic red is an old favorite of Beau Nelson, glam guru to celebs including Kristen Stewart and Nicole Richie.
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Photo: Via Lipstick Queen.
"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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Photo: VIa Giorgio Armani.
"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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Photo: Via Tom FOrd.
This warm pop of orange-red is a favorite of Gloria Noto, who counts Shailene Woodley as a client. (Bonus: The incredibly elegant packaging.)
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Photo: VIa Burberry.
Nelson favors this matte, crimson red for vampier moments.
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