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    Something about red lipsticks gets us all feeling chic and fashionable, upping the ante of even the most boring OOTDs. And then there are those red lipsticks that are iconic in their own right: The hues synonymous with geishas, the one Deepika Padukone wore with a black dress, and those that are always out of stock at beauty counters. When it comes to Indian skin, we’re talking about myriad of hues of red, to suit the fairest to the duskiest. Shades ranging from fire engine reds and bold maroons to ones that veer towards oranges and peaches. Classic reds will always stay in style, and in 2019, they come with better finish and bolder pigments. Here are the best red lipsticks in the business…

    Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse

    Smashbox Bawse

    Created for Indian skin by YouTube star Lilly Singh, this one is a fiery red called Always On Liquid Lipstick Bawse (also alluding to Singh’s book ‘How to be a Bawse’). It’s creamy but not drying, and we love the smooth matte texture afterwards. Water-resistant, and will stay put for 8 hours.

    Perfect for: Medium to Dark skin tones

    Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate

    Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate

    Iconic in every way, Pirate is known to have blue undertones and was touted to be one of six shades formulated to copy Coco Chanel’s signature red lip.

    Perfect for: Fair to Olive skin tones

    Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored 

    Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored 

    The Stunna Lip Paint is one-of-a-kind, and thanks to its maker Rihanna, suits every skin tone to the T. The watery texture makes way for a stunning matte look and it’s there to stay all night long. The stick wand makes for easy application and it is a long-wear matte.

    Perfect for: All skin tones

    Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999

    Dior Rouge

    With a texture that is creamy and luxe, this classic shade stays on for 16 hours at one go. The finish is satin-to-matte, and is enriched with hydrating mango butter and hyaluronic acid for a hydrated, moisturised, and nourished effect.

    Perfect for: Fair skin tone

    Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Stiletto

    Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Stiletto

    This one’s a late entrant into the Indian market but it is the most creamy, hydrating formula ever. The warm toned fiery red with matte finish lasts for up to six hours with maximum smooth coverage.

    Perfect for: Dusky skin tone

    Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery

    Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery

    Our Editor swears by this shade. The Fiery hue comes with industrial strength pigments and a matte non-drying formula. It’s weightless, almost effortless, and is enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil.

    Perfect for: Olive skin tone

    Sabrina Suhail in Creep

    Sabrina Suhail in Creep

    This lipstick has achieved cult status within a short time. Sabrina, a customised lipstick maker from Bengaluru, knows just how to make a hue look fun – Creep has a bold vibe, is vegan, and comes in a stunning blue-toned red.

    Perfect for: Fair to medium kin tone

    Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in 510 Night Life

    Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in 510 Night Life

    Inspired by Tokyo’s aspirational night life, the Modern Matte Powder Lipstick is a bright red that is weightless, full-coverage, and matte – almost opaque and highly pigmented.

    Perfect for: Fair skin tone

    Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet

    Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet

    The colour is so vivid and bright, but at the same time it stays on powerfully because it comes with a liquid lip formula that was created with powder pigments and Wild Mango Butter to deliver 12 hours of uncomplicated lip love.

    Perfect for: Fair to medium skin tones

    Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick in 003 Red Heels

    Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick in 003 Red Heels

    The only red that comes with a bit of gloss or sheen, this beauty has a lightweight texture with buildable coverage. Inspired by La Petite Robe Noire, the original formula, it is pure and luminous, and comes with ‘Pop’ pigments coated in shine-boosting resin.

    Perfect for: Fair skin tone

    Other honorary mentions: Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry LushNars Power matte in Red Currant; MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, and Rouge Louboutin Velvet Matte

    Latha Sunadh
    Deputy Editor
    When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.