The 6 Best Red Lipsticks For The Holidays

A red lip is the perfect accessory for the holidays!

It’s bright, it’s fun and with one quick swipe can turn your look from boring to bold.

photo by Kelly Cappelli
Makeup by Corinna Cooke

A well defined brow paired with a kick-ass red lip is classic. 
It’s also a quick and easy look to pull off. 
A red lip makes such a statement on it’s own that you can scale back the rest of your makeup, keeping the eye and cheek simple and letting the lip do all the work for you.

My favorite red lip look for the holiday season is a rich, matte lip paired with glowing, luminous skin. 
Check out 6 of my favorite matte reds for the holidays:

The 6  Best Red Lips For The Holidays

Tatcha Kyoto Red is a geisha inspired red that is universally flattering – it looks great on everyone. And it packs a serious punch.

It’s a matte lip with a silk finish.

Tatcha Kyoto Red

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Matte Lipstick in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope lipstick in Black Tie

This gorgeous, lightweight matte lipstick

Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush

Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush

Tom Ford believes the lip is the focus of the face and has the power to define your whole look. No wonder his lipsticks are so luscious!

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio

Nars Pure Matte Lips are super pigmented and very long wearing, which is ideal when you are going bold – you don’t want to be wearing a lipstick formula that requires a lot of maintenance and upkeep.


MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo is a timeless, iconic red lipstick that will never go out of fashion. 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Red Carpet Red

One of my all time favorite red lipsticks, Red Carpet Red hasn’t been around very long, but will become another of the iconic red lips. It’s wonderful.

Charlotte Tilbury Looks Campaign

Christmas Red – The Best Red Lips For The Season

I am all about a bold red lip at Christmas time.

Actually, I am all about a bold red lip most of the time.


I wear Julie Hewett Rouge Noir – the perfect true red – almost every day at the moment, and it has been my go to red lip since it first came out back in the 90’s. I wonder how many tubes of it I have gone through over the years?? It’s either scary to think about, or glorious. Not sure which!

If you are shopping for a new red, or looking for a great stocking stuffer, here are my all time favorite red lipsticks. (with online shopping links)

1.MAC Ruby Woo

This has got to be one of the greatest red lipsticks ever. Period.

It has a blue base, so if you are a blue-red girl don’t even question it, just get it. It’s fabulous.

Order online here

Ruby Woo

2. This next one is my personal red lipstick  

Julie Hewett Rouge Noir.

A perfect true red lip.

Order online here

Julie Hewett Rouge Noir

3. Lime Crime Red Velvet

I’m pretty obsessed with this velvet finish, deep red lip. It’s a cult classic, and there’s nothing quite like it out there.

Order online here


4. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense M8
Another really fantastic red lip. Intensely pigmented, this one gives color with a punch, and it lasts and lasts.
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5. Not a blue-red girl? Well if you are an orange-red girl then this is a fantastic, vibrant lipstick for you.

MAC Lady Danger

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Lady Danger

6. Nars Jungle Red 

This one is a 1950s, silver screen movie star red lip. Muah.

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7. Inglot Perfect Red Lips Number 126
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