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The red lipsticks loved by celebrities

6 May 2021

A classic for many, red lipstick symbolises both femininity and power. We set out to discover the ultimate red lipsticks, as well as the celebrities that wear them.

WORDS BY Hemma Vara

Chanel: Rouge Allure Velvet

A luxury lipstick available in various lush red shades, Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet is loved by celebrity makeup artists for its luminous matte effect, providing a suitable alternative to shinier varieties.

Celebrities who have worn the signature lipstick’s shades on the red carpet include Margot Robbie in Idéal, Lucy Boynton in Camélia Carmin, Keira Knightley in Palpitante, and Kim Kardashian in Libre.

DIOR: Rouge Dior 999

Dior’s 999 is renowned for looking good with any skin tone, probably because of its balance of cool undertones. Available in various finishes to suit many tastes, there’s satin, matte, metallic, velvet, and even lip gloss.

Worn by many celebrities, we’ve spied Bella Hadid, Natalie Portman, Nina Dobrev, multiple beauty bloggers and editors wearing this iconic shade.

9 was Christian Dior’s lucky number, so if you find yourself reaching for this shade, it’s definitely a good thing.

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Elizabeth Arden: LE Beautiful Colour Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Punch

This list wouldn’t be complete without Reese Witherspoon’s very own limited edition Beautiful Colour Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Door, also available in Pink Punch.

100% of the proceeds from this lipstick go to UN Women, a global champion for women and girls, gender equality, and women empowerment.

Lancôme: L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick 191 Jezebel

Loved by Lupita Nyong’o, this ruby shade will go with just about everything in your wardrobe, and its high-impact formula is both hydrating and long-lasting.

Achieve a perfect ruby-red look by pairing the lipstick with Lancôme’s Le Lip Liner in Amandelle, as does Nyong’o on the red carpet.

M·A·C Cosmetics: Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

One of MAC’s best selling colours worldwide since its debut, it’s safe to say this striking true blue red has a cult following. Like MAC’s Russian Red, Ruby Woo includes the same combination of pigments, but it’s a little brighter and includes a different base.

Everyone from Janet Jackson, Rita Ora, and Angelina Jolie to Taylor Swift adores this dynamic shade, and Rihanna loved it so much, she parterned with MAC to create a limited-edition shade titled Riri Woo

Stila: Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

Politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez swears by this shade, having confirmed in an interview that it is, in fact, her signature red.

She wears a red lip when she requires a boost of confidence, and Stila’s liquid formula just works, offering up to 12 hours of staying power and hydration.

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