Best Red Lippies According To The Experts

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Red lips are perfect for any day of the week, but even more so this love month. Get your pucker ready for your Valentines date or singles party by choosing one of these luscious red lipsticks recommended by beauty editors and some of the best makeup artists in the industry.

“When it comes to red lipsticks I typically go for deeper shades rather than brights. And right now I’m loving Chanel’s Rouge Allure lipstick in Rouge Noir because of its beautiful dark red color that doubles as a lip stain for daytime wear. As an added bonus, it comes in a sleek packaging that looks really fancy. It’s too bad the shade isn’t part of the permanent collection.”Cindy Go, Beauty Editor, L’Officiel Manila

“I like Besame lipstick in Merlot. It’s an oxblood red that suits everyone and is especially good for women who think they can’t wear red! It stays put all day and comes in cute gold packaging and a red velvet pouch!”Erica Paredes, Former Beauty Editor and Editor-In-Chief of

“For red lips, my fave is Rouge d’ Armani in 300 and 405. I love the richness of the pigments and its crisp and silky texture.”Leo Posadas, makeup artist

“I would recommend Shu Uemura’s M RD 165. It’s a nice bright matte red that’s non-drying.”Cat Cantada-Dizon, makeup artist

Besame Lipstick in Merlot
Besame Lipstick in Merlot

“Red lipstick is my go-to shade to dress up any casual outfit or to amp up my mood. My all-time favorite is MAC in Russian Red. The cool, blue undertone brightens the complexion, and adds a crispness to Asian features and suits most skin tones. Now that I’m currently a redhead, I prefer warmer reds. One of the best red lipsticks I’ve surprisingly discovered is from Daiso Japan for only P33! Winnmax Slim Lipstick #5 is highly pigmented and is very moisturizing, making my lips look healthy and plump even in the driest of temperatures of harshest of winters.”Bianca Valerio, TV host, author and makeup artist


“My favorite red lipstick is MAC Red. It’s a Red that flatters all skin tones. It’s a classic from MAC and it’s not as drying and stiff as classic mattes. MAC Red applies smoothly on the lips but is just as long wearing.”Jigs Mayuga, makeup artist

“My current go-to and favorite is Happy Skin’s Shut Up and Kiss Me Moisturising Matte Lippie in Heartbreaker. It suits different Filipina skin tones and the best part is, it’s matte formula won’t dry out your lips. Nothing is less sexy than chapped lips.”Ronna Capili-Bonifacio, runs and is a beauty writer for

“I’m in love with Make Up For Ever’s Matte 8. It’s a deep red lipstick that stays true in color all day and instantly makes you look glamorously in love!”Robbie Pinera, makeup artist

“My absolute favorite is MAC’s Ruby Woo. It’s a gorgeous thick and lustrous matte shade that suits anyone! It’s blue undertones are perfect against Asian skin and it really pops so beautifully! It’s the perfect go-to vibrant red. If you want something darker and more dramatic, then go for MAC’s Viva I Glam—classic!”Michelle Alejandro, Beauty Editor, Chalk Magazine

Make Up For Ever Matte 8
Make Up For Ever Matte 8

“My absolute fave is Shu Uemura’s RD 165M. It’s a non-drying universal red that has staying power. It works with every skin tone and the shade is very flattering. It’s my go-to sexy red!”Claire Seelin-Diokno, makeup artist

“I love MAC’s liquimatte lipstick in Feels So Good. It glides on really well and it stays put the whole day!Gela Laurel-Stehmeier, makeup artist

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