The 11 Best Red Lipsticks

by The Zoe Report

While some beauty trends come and go (crazy nail art, we’re looking at you) red lipstick is a bold look that never goes out of style. So which shades do we swear by? Today Rachel and eleven Team Zoe staffers share their favorites – from deep, velvety wine colors to soft, sweet cherry reds.

Rachel Zoe

“As a little girl, I never saw my mom leave the house without lipstick - now I’m just the same! I always love shades of Bordeaux and rich red like Tom Ford’s Scarlet Rouge and Charlotte Tilbury’s Night Crimson. So glamorous for day or night!” Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Night Crimson, $36

Joey Maalouf

“Russian Red is a universal red lipstick that works with all skin tones and undertones. The texture is smooth yet velvety—it’s perfect.” MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, $15

Jessica Amento, Editorial Manager

“I tried Julie Hewett's lipstick at Blushington recently, and was wowed by the formula. It's moisturizing and lasts for hours. This shade in particular feels very old-Hollywood and noir, like its name. I love it!” Julie Hewett Lipstick in Sin Noir, $24

Mel Chalian, Executive Assistant

“My current obsession is the new Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Sweet Red collection. The colors are all so fresh and the matte texture gives this soft luxe look without feeling tacky or costume-y. It adds the perfect amount of drama to your face and it doesn't smudge around at all – it’s so glamorous! I love the Sweet Devil Rouge color, but honestly all the colors in the series are amazing.” Shu Uemura Lipstick in Sweet Devil Rouge, $30

Kendall Cohan, Product Development Associate

“I spent all of my money in college at MAC. It started with Chili, the only brownish red worth talking about—perfect for most skin tones even those with rosy cheeks. Then it was Morange, an electric matte orange that was more striking than shocking. The addiction continued with So Chaud, which is basically a combination of the two aforementioned red and orange colors. It’s perfect.” MAC Lipstick in Chili, $15

Pamela Glassman, Business Development Director

“I'm a Tarte girl. I live for all their chunky lip crayons and lipsticks. They have the best feel, "taste" and the color stays on great. Also it’s so affordable and they use natural ingredients in their products, which I love.” Tarte Lipstick in Wild, $26

Jennifer Ash, Editorial Assistant

“I came across this lipstick by chance and ended up loving it. The color lasts all night and it includes a glossy core that keeps your lips looking and feeling moisturized.” Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Fatale, $35

Lauren Blakeley, Product Development Manager

“I love this orangey-red color from MAC. It's matte but creamy and stays on forever.” MAC Lipstick in So Chaud, $15

Shannon Nash, Executive Assistant

“I have such pink skin, so I've always been afraid to wear red lips. The best way to segue into that world is the tinted lip treatments from Fresh. The Sugar Passion color is red - it's translucent and glossy - so it's not a huge commitment. You can use a tiny touch, or load it on.” Fresh Lip Treatment in Sugar Passion, $22

Lindsay Pogemiller, Styling Assistant

I bought a red lipstick from Benefit for my sister called Frenched and got one for myself too. It’s a very rich color, stays on, and keeps your lips hydrated.” Benefit Lipstick in Frenched, $18

Megan Gustashaw, Editorial Director

“I wore this lipstick on my wedding day! It’s an intense blue-red (best on cool skin tones) and has the perfect matte finish. I felt glowy and gorgeous wearing it that night, and it’s been my go-to ever since.” Illamasqua Lipstick in Maneater, $26