Do you love an orange-red lipstick? Maybe you’re always tempted by a deep, rusty red lipstick? This is the list for you: nine of the best warm-toned red lipsticks across depths and price points. Whether you’re a big fan of classic MAC Lipsticks or want to splurge on a delightfully creamy NARS Audacious Lipstick, we have a recommendation for everyone.
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Who should wear this red: Anyone who loves deeper, richer reds with soft, warm undertones paired with a natural finish.
Why we love it: It’s richly pigmented, easy to apply straight from the tube, and wears long and comfortably with a hydrating formula.
MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick, $18.50
Who should wear this red: Anyone who loves a retro red–warm-toned, deep and a bit muted, with a matte finish. This is a classic red.
Why we love it: It wears like iron but isn’t terribly drying, plus it’s pigmented and applies smoothly in a single stroke. 100% of the selling price goes towards MAC’s AIDS Fund, too!
Who should wear this red: Anyone who loves glossier lip colors–you’ll get the richness and longer wear of a more matte shade but with that glossy finish you love.
Why we love it: Long-wearing, pigmented, comfortable to wear, and doesn’t feather or bleed makes this glossy red lipstick a real winner!
Who should wear this red: Anyone who wants to splurge in a decadent formula in a deep red that’s just slightly warmer in tone–almost neutral if you are very cool-toned.
Why we love it: It’s one of the creamiest formulas on the market, and Shirley is incredibly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear with effortless application that wears down beautifully.
Who should wear this red: Anyone on the hunt for an affordable, warm-toned red lipstick with more of a satin finish (not quite matte but not really shiny or glossy).
Why we love it: The Lux Lipstick formula is a real go-to for us when it comes to making wallet-friendly recs ’cause it lives up to its claims and is consistent across most of the range. Liquid Courage offers rusty warmth in an opaque, lightly creamy, and long-wearing formula that stays in place well.
Who should wear this red: Anyone who wants a lighter, warmer red lipstick that isn’t neon-bright and likes a satin finish.
Why we love it: We love a good satin finish lipstick because we love how easy they are to apply–no tugging–but wear down to a soft matte finish within a couple of hours of wear, so they wear longer but are more comfortable.
MAC Brave Red Lipstick, $18.50
Who should wear this red: Anyone who wants a mid-tone red with warmer undertones and doesn’t like a matte finish.
Why we love it: It’s long-time favorite from MAC’s permanent lipstick range because it has a soft, luminous finish that’s very easy on the lips and doesn’t emphasize texture, plus it’s comfortable to wear, has good coverage, and lasts for hours.
Who should wear this red: Anyone who wants to a rich, deep red lipstick with neutral undertones and a natural finish. This shade works beautifully blotted down to a stain, too!
Why we love it: For someone who isn’t concerned about ~most pigmented ever~ lipsticks, it offers more adjustable coverage so you can play around with your look. It wears well, doesn’t feather, and doubles as a fantastic stain.
MAC Dare You Lipstick, $18.50
Who should wear this red: Anyone who likes a lil’ bit of pearl to their red lipstick and is after something that isn’t too warm-toned.
Why we love it: It’s a medium red, not too bright or too muted, and has noticeable pearl in it, which gives it a soft sheen but doesn’t head into frosted territory so there’s no fear of emphasizing lip texture or lines!