15 Iconic Red Lipsticks Every Woman Should Own

Makeup trends come and go, but red lips are forever.

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Makeup trends come and go, but red lips are forever. The bold look remains timeless through the years, gracing the lips of everyone from the original screen sirens to today's leading ladies and pop stars. Up the glam factor in your everyday with the most iconic red shades to date.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick

$30

Maybe you feel more moody than romantic this Valentine's Day; here's a deeper option to darken the mood. This Marc Jacobs lip color is devilishly red, with a pop of color that can either be interpreted as seductive or self-contained.

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Adora
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Adora

$21

KVD's metallic rose hue looks like Dorothy's ruby slippers gone cosmetic. The cult-favorite lipstick comes clad in studded packaging, and features specks of gold throughout the pigment, making this pick a clear alternative to traditional reds.

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 1 Le Rouge Lipstick
YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 1 Le Rouge Lipstick

$37

Born from the idea of dressing women's lips in couture colors, Yves Saint Laurent introduced the Rouge Pur Couture collection in 1978. Hydrating and enriched with antioxidants, the No. 1 Le Rouge color is universally flattering, with cool blue undertones and bold, creamy coverage.

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Chanel Rouge Coco Gabrielle Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Coco Gabrielle Lipstick

$37

Gabrielle, from the Chanel Rouge Coco collection, reached classic status in less than a year on the market. This neutral red is ultra hydrating with a formulation of jojoba and mimosa butters, along with silicone and sunflower wax. Praised for its long-lasting coverage, the color goes on with a bold, yet buildable sheen.

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Dior Rouge Dior No. 999 Lipstick
Dior Rouge Dior No. 999 Lipstick

$35

It's rumored that the original No. 9 lipstick made its debut at the very first Christian Dior runway show. Revived with a new formula (and two extra digits), the Dior Rouge No. 999 lipstick continues to work while you wear it. Sea fennel extract stimulates cellular renewal, and hyaluronic acid instantly plumps and moisturizes. The smooth texture leaves a radiant satin finish.

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MAC Matte Russian Red Lipstick
MAC Matte Russian Red Lipstick

$17

Russian Red is another MAC classic with a cult following. This best-seller rose to instant success when proclaimed a favorite by Madonna on her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour. Similar to its Ruby Woo sister, Russian Red but has slightly deeper blue tones.

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NARS Semi Matte Jungle Red Lipstick
NARS Semi Matte Jungle Red Lipstick

$28

No one does a red lip quite like NARS. This semi-matte formula features a patented blend of conditioners and antioxidants that nourish and hydrate. Inspired by the 1950s silver screen, the classic Jungle Red shade partners well with .


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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sour Cherry
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sour Cherry

$26

Bite's red is bittersweet. Swipe on for a brooding, almost gothic but not-quite-that-extreme of a shade that looks as sweet as your favorite nonalcoholic's garnish. It'll be your outfit's cherry on top.

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Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour in Rouge Louboutin 001 M
Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour in Rouge Louboutin 001 M

$90

Yes, we know paying 90 bucks is hefty for a lipstick bullet, but can you not imagine the flashiness that is whipping Christian Louboutin's number out of your tote for a midday once-over? Developed by compiling a blend of natural oils and seed butters, you're actually getting what you pay for — a sophisticated formula providing the best color payoff, elegantly packaged in a jewelry box and silk carrying pouch.

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Lancôme L'ABSOLU ROUGE in Merlot
Lancôme L'ABSOLU ROUGE in Merlot

$32 

Two things a woman can't live without: a glass of merlot and a bold, sexy lip. Get drunk off the confidence that a coat or two of Lancôme's boozy bulleted shade can endure, and enjoy the subtle pampering of Pro-Xylane's nourishing properties that cause lips to look full and smooth.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Carina's Love
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Carina's Love

$32

Inspired by the actress Carina Lau, Tilbury describes this new hue as a "highly pigmented shade that symbolizes good fortune and joy in Chinese Culture." It's a feel-good color you'll love to wear and others will love to see you in!

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge Lipstick in C407 Black Red
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge Lipstick in C407 Black Red

$22

Maybe instead of "bombshell," you're feeling the "brooding babe" aesthetic. It happens. MAKE UP FOR EVER's black red lipstick is the moody shade to rock on days you're uninterested in the world, but still interested in the beauty side of it.

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer F-Bomb
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer F-Bomb

$17

Every woman needs her basic staples, and when it comes to lipstick, a fiery red in its purest form is a must-have. UD's shade is a sheer classic, and will radiate off your lips to emphasize your personality.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine

$20

While Anastasia Beverly Hills is still holding down the thrown as Queen of Brows, the royal arch is making quite the name for herself among bold lip lovers. Sarafine is an almost crimson-like, deep red with blue undertones that can be worn as a statement color at the office, or used as a seductively alluring shade for a night out with your beau.

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Velvet
Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Velvet

$21

Liquid lipsticks are the "it" formulas that beauty buffs can't seem to get enough of, but Too Faced's model takes the cake. Marrying the shine of a gloss and pigment of our trusted bulleted sticks, Melted's bordeaux shade is a bombshell in the making with a soft, precision-tip applicator and on-point staying power.

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