Finding the perfect shade of red lipstick is similar to the struggle that is finding the perfect pair of jeans. However, once you find that exact shade, it can instil more power into you than watching Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez take on the world of American politics.
I've always been a fan of red lipstick. I'm pale so it suits my complexion, and lucky for me, my older sister snatched a pair of tweezers from my hands when I was 13 telling me I'd "thank her later" meaning my eyebrows didn't become a victim to the thin eyebrow trend of the 90s -which combined with a red lip compliments the whole Madonna circa 1987 aesthetic I've been trying to emulate my whole life.
From pinks that are sort of red, blue-based reds, orange reds, red-oranges (yes, there's a difference), nude reds and then your 'is this even red?' reds, I've tried them all. The list of shades I've tried could go on and on and while I would continue listing the very specific shades that exist in my red lipstick repertoire, I'll stick with my top 6 best red lipsticks because any more would be exhausting and anything less just isn't diverse enough.
Arguably the most iconic red lipstick shade there is, the retro matte formula is so beloved that Mac designed an entire spin-off range compact with blushers and pigments dedicated to the shade.
Retro Matte Lipstick in shade Ruby Woo, €20, Mac
The One For Everyone
Rihanna's first red lipstick under her Fenty Beauty label is not only universally flattering but once applied, the matte formula will last until you decide to wipe it off.
Stunna Lip Paint in shade Uncensored, €24, Fenty Beauty
An ultra comfortable matte lipstick that doesn't crust, Shiseido's ModernMatte Powder Lipstick is a J-Beauty win.
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in shade Night Life, €31, Shiseido
The One That Never Fails
All it takes is one swipe of this insanely bold lipstick to suddenly feel empowered.
Semi-Matte Lipstick in shade Jungle Red, €27, Nars
The Perfect Shade
Slightly darker than your typical red lipstick, Red Carpet Red is probably my all-time favourite red for a nighttime look.
Matte Revolution in shade Red Carpet Red, €32, Charlotte Tilbury
The One For All Budgets
Glides on like butter, feels like a second skin and I promise, this will not budge.
Megalast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick in Goth Tropic, €4.99, Wet n Wild
When in doubt, pout.