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There’s something so iconic and alluring about a bold red lip, which is why it’s one of our absolute favorite beauty products to experiment with. Now that we’re about to leave winter behind, it’s a great time to add a fresh new lip color to your collection. But which red lipstick should you buy? Consider this your cheat sheet to the best-performing lip products in the game.
Celebrity makeup artists know a thing or two about the best red lipsticks. After all, these industry pros use only quality formulas with flattering shades and impressive staying power, and they keep the crème de la crème in their kits for their famous clients. So we turned to a handful of them for their top picks of the moment — they’ve worked with everyone from Adele and Jessica Biel to Elisabeth Moss, Lizzo, and more.
Shop eight expert-approved red lipsticks below starting at just $13.
Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick
“A bold lip is a classic red carpet staple and can be a powerful signature beauty move. I love a red lip teamed with fresh dewy skin for modern radiance, or paired with a smoky eye for high-octane glamour,” he tells PEOPLE. “The Armani lipstick is creamy, highly pigmented, easy to apply, and a true fire engine red shade, which is universally flattering.”
Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick
Daniel Martin gives the Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick his highest recommendation. He’s used this luxe lipstick on clients including Elisabeth Moss, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Jessica Biel, and he even played a part in its development. “I created this shade for Tatcha several years back. I wanted a shade that complemented many skin tones, but stayed true to its hue, which is a modern matte red,” he says.
Buy It! Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick, $55; tatcha.com
The Lip Bar Vegan Matte Lipstick
If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, check out The Lip Bar Vegan Matte Lipstick in shade Bawse Lady, which is available on Amazon for just $13. Celebrity makeup artists Ashunta Sheriff (who is Taraji P. Henson’s go-to glam girl) and Joanna Simkin both rave about the impressive color payoff and all-day staying power.
“It’s the perfect neutral red that never turns pink or orange upon application,” says Simkin, who regularly works her magic on stars Issa Rae and Storm Reid.
Buy It! The Lip Bar Vegan Matte Lipstick, $12.99; amazon.com
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color
Buy It! Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color, $42; chanel.com
MAC Cosmetics Ruby Woo Lipstick
Kosas Weightless Lipstick
The Kosas Weightless Lipstick in shade Electra is a favorite of Jenny Patinkin, who has worked on Kristin Cavallari. “It’s a neutral red that looks good on pretty much everyone. It actually has a slightly cool undertone that helps the teeth look a little brighter,” she says.
Buy It! Kosas Weightless Lipstick, $28; kosas.com
Bare Minerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick
Buy It! Bare Minerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick, $20; bareminerals.com
Pat McGrath’s LiquiLust Matte Lipstick
“When it comes to a red lip, I reach for liquid lipsticks because they are easy to apply and so low maintenance,” he tells PEOPLE. “The Pat McGrath formula is superior. It’s long lasting and comfortable for hours on end, which is so important for my clients.”