13 Universally Flattering Dark Red Lipsticks

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You can quote me: Red lipstick will always be in a league of its own. It's one of those non-negotiable beauty products we believe everyone should own. I unabashedly own over 200 red lipsticks (okay, I have a problem), but the beauty of my collection is that each shade is so different. In my collection, I'd say about 50% of them are dark red lipsticks, which I move to the front of my vanity when fall and winter creep up. Deep red lipsticks are rich with pigment that looks stunning on all skin tones. With its inherently luscious color, it will always take your makeup to the next level. Believe me—you won't need much else if you're donning a dark red lipstick, because this shade steals the show. 

If you're feeling moody and want a lipstick to match that vibe, you've stumbled upon the right place. According to Byrdie editors, what we've heard from celebrity makeup artists before, and raving internet reviews, these are the best sultry reds on the market that look good on everyone..

From drugstore gems to luxury picks worth your pennies, keep scrolling for the best dark red lipsticks you need, like now.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Vendetta

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Vendetta

Courtesy of Sephora

Meet one of my favorite reds of all time made by the one and only mother of makeup, Pat McGrath. When I tell you this sultry shade looks incredible on all skin tones, believe me. Plus, a burst of color shows up in just one glide.

Best Drugstore: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color in 50 Voyager

This drugstore gem of a lipstick is loved by celebrity makeup artists for a reason: It's the truth. It's more of a brick red shade that feels so much like winter (sorry, summer lovers).

Check out our other reviews of the best drugstore red lipstick available on the market today.

Best Splurge: Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Velvet Cherry

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Velvet Cherry

 Courtesy of Sephora

Invest in your lipstick with this winning shade. Trust that Tom Ford knows how to make a good red—this one screams "independent woman," in my opinion.

Best Matte: Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick in Disorderly

Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick in Disorderly

 Courtesy of Sephora

I'm such a fan of this collection of matte shades from Smashbox because they stay on without drying out your lips, which is quite honestly magic. If you want your lips to be the star of the show, reach for this red.

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Best Liquid: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Plath

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Plath

 Courtesy of Sephora

One thing you could never claim about Kat Von D's lipsticks is that they come off. These things could stay on for days. In the 42-shade lineup, this deep crimson color stands out from the pack.

Check out our guide to the best long-lasting lipsticks you can buy today.

Best Crayon: Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Control

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Control

 Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Lip crayons are my favorite because they take things back to the basics. You can pop this in your bag and know you have a pretty, brown-based red readily available at all times for a quick slay.

Best for Fall: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Bad Blood

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Bad Blood

 Courtesy of Urban Decay

If you don't own an Urban Decay lipstick, that must change ASAP. This line offers a rainbow of stunning shades, but I always find myself going back to Bad Blood when fall foliage hits.

Best for Winter: Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Cherry

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Cherry

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

This gorgeous cherry shade toes the line between a true berry and deep red hue. With moisturizing benefits of a balm, it'll keep your lips hydrated for hours.

Best Plumping: Sisley Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Miami

Sisley Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Miami

Courtesy of Nordstrom

This vibrant red, loved by Byrdie Editorial Director Faith Xue, is your next best secret to the perfect selfie. The formula is full of hyaluronic acid and konjac microspheres, so it has serious lip-plumping powers.

Runner-Up, Best Plumping: Marc Jacobs Lip Creme Lipstick in Miss Scarlet

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick Miss Scarlet

 Courtesy of Sephora

You need a deep ruby red like this in your makeup arsenal. Peptides are swimming around in this formula, which means plumped lips are on the way.

Best for Dry Lips: Flesh Beauty Strong Flesh Lipstick in Heart

Flesh Beauty Strong Flesh Lipstick in Shade Heart

 Courtesy of Ulta

You might as well call me Flesh Beauty's biggest fan because I can't stop talking about the line. This hydrating lipstick will comfort chapped, dry lips with its balm-like texture. This stunning deep red will make you feel like a bona fide badass.

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Best Budget: The Lip Bar Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bawse Lady

This vegan, budget-friendly brand does not disappoint when it comes to lipsticks that consistently overdeliver in the shade category. This ruddy red feels like a gloss at first then settles into your lips with its matte texture.

Best for Deep Skin: MAC Red Lipstick in Sin

MAC Cosmetics Red Lipstick in Sin

 Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

MAC has always been known for the most intensely gorgeous color payoff. Sin is a rich red shade popular among women of color for enhancing our deep skin tones.

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