The Best Red Lipsticks for the Party Season

Timeless, but so on-trend, red lipstick is the colour du jour in the countdown to party season. We check out the latest standout shades and who’s wearing them


Kristen Stewart for Chanel. Picture / Supplied.

DARK STAR
Chanel’s new creative designer for makeup and colour, Lucia Pica, based her first collection around the appeal of red as modelled by brand ambassador Kristen Stewart. The Twilight actor showed vamp(ire)ish glam in campaign imagery where deep red lips starred and shades of red also featured around the eyes. Lucia said she was drawn to the emotional extremes that red evoked as the colour of life and death, love and desire, innocence and experience ... Le Rouge Collection No. 1 is on counter now, with a range of reds for lips, nails, eyes and face. Among them is a new dark burgundy shade called Audace, $62, added to Chanel’s matte Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick range.

Natalie Portman for Dior. Picture / Supplied.

JOIE DE ROUGE
Natalie Portman paints the town red — Paris naturally — in Dior’s digital campaign for Rouge Dior. She wears the lipstick, #999 Matte, as she dances in the streets to James Brown’s I Feel Good, a track chosen as a testament to the feel-good factor of rocking red lippy. The highly pigmented Rouge Dior formula, $62, is available in satin and matte finishes, with the red shades a true test of its long-wearing yet comfortable feel.

Kate Moss for Rimmel. Picture / Supplied.

MODEL MUSE
Supermodel Kate Moss shows why she is an enduring beauty icon in this glammed-up look celebrating her 15-year partnership with Rimmel. Look out for Kate’s special anniversary edition lipstick collection in rose-gold canisters. It features three each of Kate’s favourite red and nude shades. A steal at $15.99, the long-wearing lipsticks are matched with gel nail polishes. Find them at Farmers, The Warehouse and Kmart. Here, Kate wears Muse Red #51, a red-carpet ready crimson shade. Her other picks are a vibrant shade called Idol Red and another, exuding vintage glamour, called Retro Red.

Chanel; Dior; Rimmel; Shiseido. Pictures / Supplied.

MEET YOUR MATCH
The search for the perfect red lipstick can be lifelong for some women; others remain faithful to just one choice. Shiseido’s new Rouge Rouge collection offers 16 shades in a rich, creamy texture using a vibrant technology for a colour true result from pinkish through coral, brownish and orange reds to clear and bright tones. Meet your one true love or play the field for $55 a kiss from Shiseido counters.

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