I'm A Beauty Editor & This Is Honestly The Only Red Lipstick That Matters

Your holiday party look is about to get an upgrade.

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In the hierarchy of power makeup, a dramatic red lipstick is beyond compare (see Taylor Swift’s Red revenge tour). Whether you’re a beauty newbie or categorize your product collection by monthly launch date, there’s no denying the thrill of swiping on that specific crimson shade to bring the world to its metaphorical knees. You know the one — you’re having a bad day, a big meeting, or a second date, and an expertly applied coat can take you from down in the dumps to the confidence level of Lizzo at Cardi B’s birthday party. Such is the strength of a good lipstick!

Now, with the holidays just a blink and a half away, you’re likely facing a social calendar that is much more jam-packed than you’re accustomed to. No need to feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to dress up in public with your friends and coworkers when your ruby red lips can do all the talking for you (a glass of Champagne never hurts either). If, by chance, you’ve yet to find your one true shade — because not all reds are created equal — allow these beauty-obsessed TZR staffers to guide you towards your next lipstick purchase.

From legacy products and shades like Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge in Ruby to 2020 launches like Hermès’ Rouge Casque Matte Lipstick, any one of these exceptional formulas will have all eyes focused on you at your next see-and-be-seen event.

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