Red lipstick is an essential every woman must have. There is something simply empowering about wearing it–whether in an important work meeting or a romantic night out. With the thousands of products in the market, however, it can be a little difficult to choose the lipstick that is perfect for you. To make things a little easier, we’ve rounded up our 14 favorites just in time for Valentine’s Day, each one in a slightly different texture and shade from the next but all universally flattering.
1. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
There is a reason this is the best-selling lipstick shade from MAC Cosmetics. Bright red with blue undertones, this cult classic works beautifully on all complexions.
2. NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Don’t Stop
This bold red shade is definitely a winner, as the Powermatte’s highly pigmented formula lasts the entire day without flaking.
3. Laura Mercier Velour Lip Powder Collection in New York
If you like to mix and match, this lip product is for you, as it comes with a balm and creamy, velvety powder that instantly transforms your lips. New York’s shades–coral, fuchsia and a reddish brown–are versatile and deliver high-impact color.
4. Chanel Rogue Allure Ink in Libere
While bold and intense, Chanel’s Rogue Allure Ink also feels like nothing on the lips. Who knew looking daring could be this easy?
5. Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick in Scarlet Rush
This innovative gel lipstick from Shiseido feels a slightly wet upon first application, then magically turns into a matte after a while. Weightless and delivering intense color, it is definitely a must-have.
6. Dior Addict Lip Tattoo in Natural Red
This kiss-proof lipstick stays on as a 10-hour tattoo, but instead of feeling heavy and uncomfortable, it is completely weightless, allowing you to carry on with your day.
7. Guerlain KissKiss Matte Lipstick in Zesty Orange
Hydrating with precious oils and hyaluronic acid, plumping with subtle spice extract and delivering intense color, Guerlain’s KissKiss Matte will make your lips look extra luscious.
8. Sunnies Face Fluffmatte in Major
In addition to Major being a universally flattering red, what many love about Fluffmatte in general is its feel–weightless and irresistibly smooth.
9. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored
The Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored is a flattering red that suits any complexion and age. In addition to this, the lipstick glides on smoothly and it makes you feel like you’re wearing nothing at all!
10. Peripera Cloud Ink Velvet in Premium Red
This creamy lipstick from Peripera is as light as ever, wrapping the lips comfortably. The color is also very buildable, as you can choose to go subtle or all out.
11. Glossier Generation Z Lipstick in Zip
If you prefer more sheer, natural coverage, this relaxed lipstick from Glossier is suitable for everyday wear. Zip is a poppy red that is light and fresh, making it suitable for any occasion.
12. BYS Velvet Lips Liquid Lipstick in Berry Sweet
For kissable lips, this highly pigmented matte from BYS is smooth and promises to stay on the entire date–whether a romantic dinner date or an adventurous one outdoors.
13. Pat McGrath Labs Matte Trance Lipstick in Elson
In between creamy and matte, this red lipstick is said to be one of the most pigmented. It nicely stains your lips and barely wears off throughout the day.
14. Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Pioneer
If you want something that stays on no matter what situation you’re in, swipe on this liquid lipstick from Maybelline. Trust us–you won’t need any retouches throughout the day.