The 14 Best Red Lipsticks of 2022

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Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, let’s talk about a lip color classic that everyone loves: red! Red is a bold, yet timeless lip color that is always in style. To recreate the timeless style of icons like Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Elizabeth Taylor, let’s look at the 14 best red lipsticks of 2022!


The 14 Best Red Lipsticks of 2022 at a Glance

Let’s start with a quick overview of the 14 best red lipsticks of 2022 and my tips for making your red lip last and look flawless. Then, let’s break things down and talk about finishes, undertones, and more!

  1. Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nasty Girl
  2. Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Liquid Matte Lipstick in 400 Four Hundred
  3. ILIA Color Block High Impact Lipstick in Tango
  4. PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance™ Lipstick in Elson 013
  5. NYX Professional Makeup Shine Loud Vegan High Shine Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in On A Mission
  6. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored
  7. NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dragon Girl
  8. Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipstick in Red Velvet
  9. Chanel LE ROUGE DUO ULTRA TENUE Ultrawear Liquid Lip Colour in Ever Red
  10. Dior Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Transfer-Proof Lipstick in 999 Forever Dior
  11. L’Oréal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain in I Am Worth It
  12. Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in Forever Red – 1925
  13. Bite Beauty Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipstick in Hot Tomato
  14. Smashbox Always On Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick in Maneater

To get the most out of your favorite red lip color, exfoliate first! I discussed this in depth in last week’s post: 7 Ways To Improve Your Makeup Skills. For a quick recap, gently exfoliate your lips and apply a very thin layer of lip balm before applying your lipstick. This is especially important if you tend to reach for long-lasting matte lip colors. Matte lip color will accentuate cracks and wrinkles in your lips and we definitely do not want that! Exfoliating and applying some lip balm first will help smooth the appearance of your lips and ensure your lip color looks gorgeous.

Next, let’s briefly discuss lip liner. Is it a do or a don’t? Honestly, it’s up to you. Lip liner will create a more precise lip shape. You can even use it as a guide, all you need to do after applying your lip liner is color inside the lines! I tend to skip lip liner and go right for my lipstick. It’s all about personal preference and what works best for you. If you do opt for a lip liner, use one that either matches your lip color exactly or is very similar. If you’d like to create a little more drama, go for a lip liner that is a shade or 2 darker than the lip color you’re going to wear.

When it comes to choosing a shade, wear what you love! Typically, blue undertones work best if you have a fair skin tone, orange-red shades are best if you have a medium complexion, and bright, candy apple reds work best if you have a deep skin tone. Red lipstick is classic and universally flattering so it’s really up to you!


The 14 Best Red Lipsticks of 2022

1. Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick

Nasty Girl (Crimson Red)

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks are my go-to lipsticks! If I’m looking for a lip color that is going to last me all day – this is what I grab. For example, I wore this in the shade Candy Cane on the 4th of July last year from the pool to the fireworks and only reapplied once! That is the color I’d be recommending, but sadly it’s only available during the holidays. Until then, try Nasty Girl it’s a very similar bright red.

2. Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Liquid Matte Lipstick

400 Four Hundred – Red

Next, we have the Allure Best of Beauty Winner: Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Liquid Matte Lipstick. I love the color 400 Four Hundred. This liquid lipstick is matte, long-lasting, full coverage, and creamy. It’s nourishing and wears comfortably all day. A lot of matte liquid lipsticks tend to be really drying, so that’s a huge plus. Lastly, Lip Maestro contains Anti-Shine powders to absorb oil and keep this color truly matte.

3. ILIA Color Block High Impact Lipstick

Tango – True/Deep Red

I love the ILIA Color Block High Impact Lipstick in Tango because it’s vegan, gluten-free, and clean! It’s also hydrating and long-lasting. Unlike most of the lipsticks in this post, this lipstick has a Satin finish. The ILIA Color Block High Impact Lipstick contains all kinds of goodness. It contains Apricot Seed Oil which locks-in moisture. The Castor Seed Oil in this lipstick softens and smooths your lips and the Mango Seed Butter boosts the elasticity of your lips. If you’re looking for a clean lipstick, get this one or the Bite Beauty one that’s also on this list!

4. PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance™ Lipstick

Elson 013 – Blue Red

This is one of my favorite matte red lipsticks. Pat McGrath may make my favorite matte lipsticks. Period. I love the texture of her lipsticks, how they glide on, and how they don’t dry out my lips. The color payoff is spectacular, one swipe of color is all you need for full coverage. This particular shade of MatteTrance™ Lipstick, Elson 013, has a blue undertone. Red lipsticks with blue undertones are my personal fav!

5. NYX Professional Makeup Shine Loud Vegan High Shine Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick

On A Mission – Blue Red

The NYX Professional Makeup Shine Loud Vegan High Shine Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in On A Mission is easily the shiniest red lipstick on this list. I think it also has the longest name. This glossy red liquid lipstick is fantastic because it’s really long-lasting, contains all kinds of oils that are great for your lips (macadamia seed oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, apricot kernel oil & passion fruit seed oil), and it’s vegan! Being super shiny, you may fear that it’s also super sticky. No worries! It has a non-sticky finish that can even be worn under a mask.


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6. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color

Uncensored – Perfect Universal Red

This shade of red, called Uncensored, was made to look good on ALL skin tones and since it is a Sephora Community Favorite, I think it has accomplished it’s goal. I love that it has a soft matte finish and that it feels light as a feather on your lips. The Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longewear Fluid Lip Color provides full coverage in just one swipe and the applicator makes it pretty easy to apply. For all of you animal-lovers, aka all of us, this lip paint is vegan!

7. NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil

Dragon Girl – Siren Red

Dragon Girl, the brightest shade of NARS’ Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil, holds a very special place in my heart. Not only is it long lasting, non-drying, easy to apply, and vegan, but it’s also the red I purchased before taking my nephew to Disney World for his 10th birthday! I wanted a red reminiscent of Mickey and Minnie and to me this red was perfect. It lasted, with minimal touchups after meals, day after day in the Florida sun. You made me very happy in the happiest place on earth Dragon Girl!

8. Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipstick

Red Velvet – True Red

Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipsticks are a cult favorite, but I think it’s time for them to become mainstream must-haves! These liquid lipsticks are seriously so pigmented and so pretty. Red Velvet is a beautiful true red, the only down side is that it makes me want cake! This lipstick is infused with French Vanilla and it smells lovely. It’s also paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. Once this lipstick is applied, it stays put without feathering or transferring.

9. Chanel LE ROUGE DUO ULTRA TENUE Ultrawear Liquid Lip Colour

49 – Ever Red

Let’s take a quick break from matte reds and look at this gorgeous glossy red! Like the NYX Professional Makeup Shine Loud Vegan High Shine Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick, applying the Chanel LE ROUGE DUO ULTRA TENUE Ultrawear Liquid Lip Colour is a 2-step process. First apply the long lasting lip color, then swipe on that shiny gloss! This liquid lip colour lasts through cocktails and dinner making it my one of my top picks for a night out.

10. Dior Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Transfer-Proof Lipstick

999 Forever Dior – The Iconic Dior Red

The Dior Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Transfer-Proof Lipstick in 999 Forever Dior claims that it is transfer-proof and it is! Once it dries, this lipstick does not budge. It stays in place without feathering and has a very pretty powdery matte finish. I recently wore this to a wine tasting dinner and my wine glasses had zero lipstick marks. The only red “staining” the glasses was the wine!

11. L’Oréal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain

I Am Worth It

For an ultra-lightweight lip color at a great price, look no further than the L’Oréal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain in I Am Worth It. After applying this lip stain and allowing it to dry, it will feel so natural, you may forget you’re wearing it! With the precision tip applicator you can perfectly line your lips before filling them in with this beautifully bold red.

12. Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick

Forever Red – 1925

There are so many things to love about Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in Forever Red – 1925! It’s formulated for sensitive skin, sustainably made in California, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, and mineral oil-free. These things are all fantastic, but my favorite thing about Forever Red – 1925, and all of the Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipsticks is that they are replicated vintage colors made to represent their era. I’m going to a Gatsby inspired gala in a few weeks and can’t wait to wear this red that is based on red lipsticks made in the ’20s!

13. Bite Beauty Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipstick

Hot Tomato – Bright, Cool-Toned Red

The Bite Beauty Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipstick in Hot Tomato is another one of the clean beauty options on this list. Being clean means that Bite Beauty is formulated without ingredients that are potentially harmful to human health and the environment. This shade, along with all of Bite Beauty’s Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipsticks, is hydrating, cruelty-free, and vegan.

14. Smashbox Always On Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick

Maneater – Metallic Red

We’ll round out this list with one of my all-time favorites, the Smashbox Always On Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick in Maneater. First of all, I love that this isn’t your typical matte. It’s a metallic matte! Always On Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick is long-lasting and waterproof. Feel free to rock this one at the beach or the pool! If metallic matte isn’t your thing, try this liquid lipstick in Bang Bang, a yellow red matte, or Miss Conduct (my personal fav), a deep, warm plum. Speaking of, I need to restock so let’s shop this lipstick together!


Which one of these red lipsticks is your favorite? Please share in the comments!


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