Every girl needs a classic shade of red in her makeup bag – especially during shaadi season! Whether your beauty icon is Marilyn Monroe or Madhuri Dixit, Adele or Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, we’ve got it covered. We’ve handpicked 10 of the best red lipsticks on the market that will instantly transform you from girl next door to glamorous diva.

What you need to look out for:

Darker skin tones – Look for deep, rich colours like burgundy or warmer brick tones. Tip: Avoid coral reds with blue undertones

Medium skin tones – Pink reds will work well with your complexion and go perfectly with those golden undertones. Tip: Don’t go too dark

Lighter skin tones – Look for coral reds to add a shot of colour to your face. Tip: Stay clear of orange-based tones.

10. Revlon – Fire & Ice

Our list kicks off with an easily accessible and equally affordable lipstick which is suitable for most skin tones. Giving off a truly classic vibe, this range by Revlon also boasts SPF 15 protection and a nourishing vitamin E and avocado oil complex. Ticks most of the boxes we say.

9. Burberry – Military Red

This is lightweight, buildable and so comfortable to wear, but yet so very bold and beautifully British. This shade would work great for brides looking for a slightly quirkier look, who are not afraid to experiment and step away from the norm.

8. Dior – Trafalgar

Again for those girls who aren’t afraid to be bold. This punchy, powerful and actually, all-round brilliant shade of red comes with a hint of orange. Works best for those looking to create a stylish statement alongside a simple, sequin-free outfit.

7. Lancôme – Rose Boudoir

Promising to last 6 hours, this pink-y-coral shade is perfect for those with lighter skin. It would work well for a cocktail party or pre-wedding sangeet and has such a feel-good summery vibe, that you’re sure to fall in love with it instantly. Match with lighter outfit shades and minimalist eyes.

6. Nars – Heat Wave

While lots of people are still coming around to the idea of Nars, we are big fans. This bright orange-red hue comes with a modern matte finish that is sure to create a striking look. Will look great on those with darker skin and is best paired with soft, natural-looking eyes.

5. Rimmel – Deep Scarlet

Kate Moss is the nation’s ultimate stylish diva and boy does she wear lipstick well (ok she wears anything well but you know what we mean!). Her own range of colours for Rimmel are fabulous. Not only do they look great on, but they won’t break the bank either. Shade 1 is so old school Hollywood.

4. Bobbi Brown – Red Carpet

Bobbi Brown

This creamy matte lip colour will feel effortlessly light on your lips all day. The bright red is great for a more subtle look during the day and can be layered on to give you a more glitzy look for the evening.

3. Estée Lauder – Red Ego

Estee Lauder
Definitely one of the most underrated brands out there. Whenever you’re unsure just go to Estée Lauder we say. This hydrating formula will not only transform your lips, but your whole look. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of attitude – you go girl!

2. Chanel – Pirate

We love Chanel. We just love everything about the brand and this lipstick is no different. This classic blue-toned red is great for those with golden skin tones. This chic colour will look great on any snaps and is sure to give you a shot of added confidence.

1. MAC – Ruby Woo


Of course this comes in at number 1 – it’s practically perfect! This lipstick has a fan following of its own and rightly so as it’s great for any skin tone. It’s extra matte, extra red and will last the entire day. If you’re looking for a red for your wedding day or any other day for that matter – this is the ONE.


If you’ve got a favourite shade of your own that we haven’t mentioned, leave a comment below or get in touch with us at enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk

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