The Best Red Lipsticks for 2020

Red lipstick is no longer seasonal. A shade once reserved in the back of our vanities for special occasions is now a beauty staple you can find in pretty much anyone’s makeup bag. The phrase, “I can’t pull off red lipstick” has been reduced to an ‘old way of thinking’ mindset, because we aren’t limited by the same 5 shades that were inly offered to us maybe 20 years ago. Today, we have the luxury of living in a time where shopping aisles offer 500 different brands of 500 different lipsticks of 500 different shades of the same one color. It’s truly a phenomenon that we aren’t sick of yet another shade of red (or 10) hitting the market with every season change. We are spoiled with an endless range of reds to choose from, making it simply impossible for you to write off the color all together.

But with that being said, the downside of having options on options is that it’s overwhelming. Especially if it’s your first red lipstick investment and you don’t know where to start. I don’t blame you. I’m luckily at the age where I grew up with only a handful of reds available, and then I got to try all of the reds one by one as the cosmetic conglomerate grew bigger over the years. But standing in front of a shelf with all of the iconic red hues from just the past 10 years is overwhelming to say the least.

Fear not, my friends. The research has been done for you. Tried and true, old and new, here are the best red go-to lipsticks that will immediately put you in the holiday spirit, as well as carry the most confident version of yourself that you’ve seen, yet. Best of all? These colors are universally flattering for all skin colors.

Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick 1 Rouge Extravagant

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick, $39 (Shop here)

MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in “Ruby Woo” (Shop here)

The classic red lipstick that’s the perfect blue-toned hue that you’ll keep grabbing off your vanity over and over again.

MAC Lipstick Matte Finish in “Lady Danger”, $18.50 (Shop now)

This is a classic bright poppy that is a showstopper among the rest of the poppy lipstick shades. Think of a bright cherry red with a hint of orange mixed in. It’s a beautiful hue to wear through the holidays and the remainder of the winter season as well as carry you right to spring.

Gucci - Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick 25* Goldie Red 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g

GUCCI Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick in “25* Goldie Red” (more info, coming on Feb. 28th, 2020)

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Kylie Cosmetics MATTE LIP KIT (Liquid Lipstick + Liner duo) in “BOSS”, $29 (Shop here)

PAT McGRATH LABS - MatteTrance™ Lipstick Obsessed! 211 0.14 oz/ 4 g Allure Best of Beauty Seal

PAT MCGRATH MatteTrance Lipstick in “Obsessed!”, $40 (Shop here)

Glossier’s Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick in “Zip”, $18 (Shop here)

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella (passionate scarlet red)

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella”, $27 (Shop here)


Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick Poppy Pout (dark red - satin)

Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick in “Poppy Pout” (Shop here)

Buxom Satin Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick Burning Desire (blue red)

BUXOM Satin Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in “Burning Desire”, $16 (Shop here)

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna - Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color Uncensored 0.13 oz/ 4 mL

FENTI BEAUTY Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in “Uncensored”, $24 (Shop here)

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