The ultimate guide to perfect red lipstick

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Want to make red lipstick your thing? Here's how to get everything right from shade to application.

Perfect red lips are the LBD of the makeup world, so get up to speed on what makes red lipstick such an all-time classic.


Red lips for a confidence boost


Whether you already have it or need a boost in the confidence department, red lipstick is the answer. Wear it when you're smouldering, and you'll be a ready-made femme fatale. Wear it when you're having a wobble, and you'll soon be taking on that power stance.



The history of red lipstick


From the suffragettes and forties war wives to Gwen Stefani and Beyonce/Sasha Fierce - red lipstick has been worn by strong women through-out the ages.



How to find the right red lipstick


From your complexion to the kind of party you're off to, it's all about picking the right red for you. An orangey red? A vampy red? A true bright red? Matte or gloss finish? Makeup artist John Gustafson explains.



How to apply perfect red lipstick


Want a flawless face and precision red lipstick? Watch makeup artist Jemma Kidd's tutorial on how to apply your red lipstick like a pro.



The new way to wear red lipstick


Bold red lips might have traditionally warranted an equally bold eye, but not anymore. Want to see the new way to wear a statement red lip?



The best red lipsticks ever


From MAC's Ruby Woo to Revlon's original Cherry Blossom red, some red lipsticks are now as iconic as the look itself. Here's our pick of the best shades ever.



Celebrities wearing red lipstick


From Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé, to Rita Ora, Katy Perry, Millie Mackintosh and Caroline Flack, celebs show us how it's done...



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