8 of the best red lipsticks to wear this autumn

Ask any beauty insider and they’ll tell you the easiest way to add that French-girl chic to an outfit is with a red lip. Whether you’re going all out vamp in a deep, rich red or pairing a tomato shade with strong brows and a little mascara, it’s a fail-safe way to make a statement. Looking for a new shade this autumn? We've picked out our favourite red lipsticks from the likes of Dior, Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury.

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1. Dior Rouge Matte


In the '40s Christian Dior created two red lipsticks to be used for his runway shows, called 9 and 99. Later he combined the two to form the perfect red and voila. So good, it's still the signature shade of the fashion house today.

Dior Rouge Dior Matte in 999, £30


2. Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte

Dior Forever

The most hydrating, long-lasting matte lipstick we've tried yet. Shade 400 is an intense Hollywood red and not one to wear if you plan on blending in.

Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte in 400, £31


3. YSL The Slim

YSL The Slim

Last year YSL introduced The Slim and it has all the makings of a classic. The formula is a flawless matte, but the real draw is its amazing packaging and silhouette. The diamond-shaped bullet makes it easy to apply with perfect precision.

YSL The Slim in 1, £30


4. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2

Clinique Even Better Glow

Charlotte's latest Hot Lips collection is inspired by a group of stylish women (and men), with this statement red paying homage to her mum Patsy Tilbury. It has a silky texture with a matte finish. 

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 in Patsy Red, £28.00


5. Tom Ford Lip Colour

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation

You're unlikely to find a lipstick more coveted than Tom Ford. Cherry Lush is a true red that lasts for hours and suits every skin tone. Try it once and you'll be hooked.

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush, £40


6. MAC Lipstick

MAC Russian Red

You probably started your lipstick collection with MAC and Lady Danger is a staple in lots of makeup bags for good reason. A vibrant orange-red, it'll give you an instant confidence boost during the duller months.

MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger, £17.50


7. Guerlain Rouge G Matte

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation

The iconic Rouge G now also comes in a semi-matte finish. More than just a lipstick, there's a selection of luxe cases to choose from, all of which include a mirror so you can easily touch up on-the-go.

Guerlain Rouge G Matte, £26


8. Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour

MAC Russian Red

If you prefer a glossy finish, you can't go wrong with the original Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour. This classic red will nourish your lips and leave them looking fuller.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour in Retro Red, £28