Mission Impossible: Lip Products for People Who Think They Hate Red

Take a step in the bright direction.

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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.

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NYX Super Cliquey Satin Matte Lipstick
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NYX Super Cliquey Satin Matte Lipstick in In the Red

This click-up applicator dispenses a tear drop-shaped lipstick that’s easy to apply, even when you only have a second between meetings.

$9

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Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Strawberry Kiss
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Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Strawberry Kiss

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.

$18

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Glossier Generation G in Zip
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Glossier Generation G in Zip

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.

$18

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L’Oréal Paris x Balmain Paris Capsule Lipstick Collection in Domination
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L’Oréal Paris x Balmain Paris Capsule Lipstick Collection in Domination

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.”

$14

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Fresh Sugar Ruby Lip Treatment
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Fresh Sugar Ruby Lip Treatment

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.

$24

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Pixi GelTint & SilkGloss in BerryTint & FreshGloss
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Pixi GelTint & SilkGloss in Muted Clay

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.

$12

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Huda Beauty Lip Contour in Cheerleader
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Huda Beauty Lip Contour in Cheerleader

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.

$24

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Benefit Benebalm
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Benefit Benebalm

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.

$18

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso
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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

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.

$22

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Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Medieval
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Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Medieval

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!

$24

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Guerlain KissKiss from Paris Palette in Passionate Kiss
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Guerlain KissKiss from Paris Palette in Passionate Kiss

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.

$60

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Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Barcelona
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Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Barcelona

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.

$20

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Contour Liquid Lipstick in Screen Siren
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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Contour Liquid Lipstick in Screen Siren

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.

$34

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