Think red’s not your thing? Maybe you’re just not using the right one. There are so many formulations: stains, glosses, liquid lipsticks, crayons, balms—and that’s just the beginning. The point is, there’s a color and texture out there with your name (lip?) on it, and you should boldly go where many a bad-ass woman have gone before. Here are 13 perfect places to start.
This click-up applicator dispenses a tear drop-shaped lipstick that’s easy to apply, even when you only have a second between meetings.
A product you can apply without a mirror? Yes, please! And the formula is buildable, so you can bump up the color to be as intense as you want.
For the truly red-adverse, try a balm-lipstick hybrid like Glossier’s Generation G, which was designed to give the diffused effect of an already blotted finish. Plus, it feels good on your lips.
Owning a $14 piece of the uber-chic Balmain empire sounds like a sick fashion joke, but L’Oréal Paris made it happen with their impossibly cool fall lipstick collaboration. Check out the color Domination—as the name suggests, it screams “I am woman, hear me roar.”
For that popsicle-stained lip, look no further than these classic balms by Fresh. They’re considered a treatment because of how well they moisturize, and they even have SPF 15.
The combo of this buildable stain and nourishing gloss is the perfect day-to-night purse essential. Wear them separately or layer them together, and don’t sleep on this super-pretty shade.
Sometimes all you need is a pencil. Line your lips with this one by Huda Beauty and fill them in completely. If the matte finish feels too stark, top it with your favorite clear gloss.
The classic Benetint stain lasts for hours on end, but if you’d like to make less of a commitment to your red, try Benebalm. The base shade is the same, but it’s less intense and crazy hydrating.
It’s hard to find a lipstick that promises 6-hour wear that doesn’t pill or fade, but Stila has cracked the code. Their signature Stay All Day formula manages to feel invisible on your lips, so you can actually forget you’re wearing it—until someone compliments you.
This red looks deep in the tube, but it’s actually very sheer (read: wearable). Lipstick Queen founder Poppy King describes it as “sensual.” Don’t mind if we do!
Your inner painter can get creative with this all-in-one lip palette that includes a primer, three red hues, and two applicators, encouraging wearers to shade, contour, and mix and match their look.
This plumping formula feels nice and tingly on your lips, and the hidden sharpener at the bottom of the pen ensures that the tip is always pointy enough to create the precise lines that are hard to achieve with bullet lipsticks and anything but the steadiest of hands.
Charlotte Tilbury's new liquid lipsticks are really pigmented—but don’t shy away! The finish is matte but not drying, and the Screen Siren red shade adds instant polish to your look.