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Our Favourite Festive Red Lipsticks


There’s nothing quite like a red lip come Christmas. In this article, pick up application tips from our expert makeup artists and let us guide you through our favourites to find your perfect red shade this festive season.

Proper Prep

Firstly, you need to make sure your lips are in top condition as wearing red lipstick will draw attention to them. Our luxe overnight lip treatment Rose Hydrabalm is packed with the natural restorative power of Rose Hip, Vitamin E and Beeswax, to condition, plump and smooth, creating beautifully soft lips that are ready to be noticed.


Applying a small amount of lip Plump & Prime lip primer changes the way your lips wear colour. It fills in fine lines around the lip edge to prevent bleed and feathering, creating a flawless canvas for your favourite lipstick.


Most people tend to skip lip liner. They perhaps envision a noticeable darker line surrounding a lighter lipstick. This does not need to be the case.

Go for a lip liner in a complementary shade to your lipstick. For red lipsticks our pick is Waterproof Lip Liner ‘Neapolitan’ Using lip liner around the lips will allow you to define the lip edge and shape, keeping lipstick in its place. And using lip liner to colour in the whole lip will ensure even richer colour payoff and staying power for your lipstick.

Finding Your Festive Shade

With so many to choose from, we have handpicked six of our most universal reds that flatter a wide range of skin tones.

The Low Key Red

Sheer Balm Lipstick ‘Campari

Silky and translucent, this hydrating berry red lip balm creates a soft glossy finish that subtly stains. A must for anyone who prefers an understated, ‘your lips but better’, yet polished look. 

The Pinky Red

Moisture Plus ‘Cranberry’

Warming rosy hues create an easy-wearing conditioning red that is subtle yet sophisticated.

The Bright Red

Moisture Plus ‘Vintage’

A vivid, almost electric red in our glossy, conditioning formula.

The Deep Red

Matte Velvet ‘Santa’

In our moisturising and hydra-matte formula, this shade is the ultimate wearable balanced red that is neither too dark or too bright and - given its namesake - a particular favourite at Christmas. Fashion Editor and Ceramicist Deborah Brett puts Santa at the heart of her festive makeup looks.

The Classic Red

Matte Velvet ‘Hollywood’

An iconic power red lipstick in our soft focus, light matte formula creates the perfect impact.

The Wine Red

Matte Velvet ‘Bordeaux’

Luxurious and deep, this mulled wine red glides over the lips like velvet.

Brush Work

Apply lipstick like a professional makeup artist with our small, precise Defining Brush. Your first layer should be as thin as you can, then blot the excess lipstick with a paper tissue and then apply your second layer, blot again and then repeat the process a third time.

Building up your colour in thin layers like this with a brush will allow you to create perfect definition, and will help your lipstick last up to 3 times longer than one thick layer.

Finishing Off Your Festive Look

Curated specially for the festive party season, our Effortless Party Eyes collections makes eye makeup as easy as 1, 2, 3. Select between Cool, Warm or Deep to create a soft and pretty evening eye in moments to complement your chosen red lipstick. Presented in a snow white gift box, Effortless Party Eyes also make the perfect gift.