Easy Tricks To Make Your Red Lipstick Next-Level

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When the holiday season hits, a few not-so-subtle reminders come with it, including the most quintessential of them all: red lips. Perhaps, it’s the parade of parties that prompts the sudden uptick in crimson pouts, but all we know is it’s one of the telltale signs that the season is officially in full swing — and to be honest, we couldn’t love it more. 

With this in mind, we couldn’t help but bring into question the innumerable types of scarlet tubes. Thanks to the myriad of formulas, finishes, and colors, no two are really the same. But, considering the countless shades of red there are on the market, it can be a tad tricky to choose which one to buy. Throw all the other factors in there and you have a downright beauty dilemma. 

So, if you’ve yet to find your holy-grail holiday red, allow us to help steer you in the right direction. Ahead, you’ll find the best of the red-lip bunch — and one of these party-perfect options is bound to be your new best friend this season. Cheers to new lippies.
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Photo: Via Dior.
If you want to go glossy…
Should you fancy a shiny pout with the rich pigment of a lipstick, this hybrid is right up your alley. It's lightweight, offers full color, and isn’t the least bit sticky, which is everything we want in a gloss. It doesn't hurt that it comes in this chic packaging either.
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Photo: Via Bobbi Brown.
If you want it to be super precise…
Another hybrid product — can you tell we’re obsessed? — this lipstick-meets-liner contains a blend of emollients and shea butter, delivering a velvety smooth texture, while the precise pencil point allows for effortless application. Not to mention, this true, bright-red hue is universally flattering.
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Photo: Via RMS Beauty.
If you want it to look lived-in…
Prefer to look artfully disheveled — like you just finished an epic, Olivia Pope-esque glass of wine, or you've been kissing someone under the mistletoe? Apply this pigment-packed, nourishing (there's coconut oil!) cherry stain with your finger for a popsicle-like pout that will last you well into the night.
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Photo: Via Estée Lauder.
If you’re not into creamy or matte…
If matte is too drying and creamy isn’t your thing because it always comes off on your teeth, a satin finish is the perfect fit for you. This rich formula offers full coverage, leaving lips hydrated, but it toes that delicate line between satin and matte. Also, it's designed with multifaceted pigments to add extra definition to the lips. We’re partial to the deep, berry-red hue shown here.
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Photo: Via Tom Ford.
If you want something luxe…
If you’re going to splurge on a product this season, we highly recommend this stunning lipstick in Ruby Rush, which may just be the most perfect shade of red ever. One coat of this richly pigmented, super smooth formula will leave you feeling like a queen. Needless to say, Tom Ford always kills it.
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Photo: Via NYX Cosmetics.
If you want an amazing drugstore buy…
This drugstore red gives many high-end options a run for their money. Its innovative, cream-to-matte formula glides on like a dream and won’t settle into any fine lines or drier areas. One application of this lovely lippie and you won’t need a touchup for hours.
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Photo: Via Kat Von D.
If you prefer orange-y reds…
Formulated with Color Cushion Technology, this matte lipstick is incredibly long-lasting and comfortable. And, its hot-orange-red shade is as bold as it is beautiful — you’ll be turning heads wherever you go.
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Photo: Via NARS.
If you like pink-y reds…
Raspberry-red shades are incredibly flattering for most skin tones and make teeth appear whiter. NARS never fails in the lip department, and this lipstick from its Audacious line is no exception — offering premium, silky-smooth coverage.
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Photo: Via Sephora Collection.
If you never want to touch it up…
No time for touchups? We respect that. Luckily, this liquid lipstick lasts an eternity (a.k.a. through pre-dinner drinks, and an entire night of eating and possibly dancing). This stain will hold true to your pout and not budge or smudge — plus, it's matte without being drying.
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Photo: Via Make Up For Ever.
If you want to make it your own…
Want to play makeup artist and mix up your own unique hue? This convenient and compact palette lets you create an exclusive color that’s true to you. Bonus: It comes with a lip brush for effortless application.
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