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The 2016 Lippie Awards: Best Reds

Who loves gorgeous red lippies? You do!

We at love lippies as much as you do. We're all for how they can instantly pull your look together and give you that extra boost of confidence when you feel so ~*blah*~. We totally get the obsession.

That's why we've tested 200 lipsticks, glosses, stains, balms, tints, and scrubs (hey, someone's gotta do it!), before narrowing down our favorites for the first-ever Lippie Awards! Check out our top picks for the Best Reds:

Best Mattes

MAC Ruby Woo

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This cult-favorite has been around for decades and yet still remains to be one of the top-selling shades from the brand. The blue undertones of the lippie make it flattering on all skin types and give the illusion of whiter teeth, because they contrast with yellowness. This lipstick has a true matte formula, which makes it very long-lasting.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Matte in Retro Red

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If you’re looking for a rich, full-on glamorous red lip, then this is the perfect shade for you. It’s a rich, creamy, matte warm red that will match most skin tones. It glides on smoothly on the lips, and doesn’t leave it feeling or looking parched. Because it is a drugstore brand, it’s super affordable. You can get away with hoarding this particular shade to make sure that you always have your go-to red on hand.

L’Oreal Paris Collection Star in Pure Rouge

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This neutral matte red works for any skin tone. It’s the perfect red that you can wear during the day. For a more dramatic look, you can build it up and get a vampy lip. It’s ultra-comfortable on your puckers and literally lasts all day long.

Best Satins

Covergirl Colorlicious in Hot

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If you can’t deal with matte lippies, this soft satin pink-red is your best bet. It’s lightweight, so you don’t have to worry about your puckers feeling sticky midday. It’s infused with shea butter, so your lips never dry out.  

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Parisian Red

You can never go wrong with a classic cool-toned red lippie. The vibrant color is reminiscent of the gorgeous red lips Old Hollywood stars always wore. One swipe will give you the most beautiful opaque red. The soft satin finish feels absolutely luxurious on your puckers—and isn’t that something we all love?

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Best Liquid Lipsticks

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion in Lethal Red

From the gorgeous luxe packaging, innovative applicator, and long-lasting formula, there is so much to love about this. The bright warm red lipstick adds a gorgeous punch of color on your lips, without being too much. It dries up to a beautiful satin finish and it doesn’t feel sticky at all. No wonder it gets Kendall Jenner’s kiss of approval.

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BYS Velvet Lips in Cherry Now

Jump in on the matte liquid lipstick trend with this gorgeous deep pink-red color that dries up to a matte finish. Whether you’re fair or morena, this color will work for you. Best part? It doesn’t leave your puckers feeling tight and dehydrated.

Best Glosses

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Covergirl Colorlicious lipgloss in Sweet Strawberry

Gone are the days of sticky and tacky lipgloss, like those from your childhood. Modern glosses are formulated to be lightweight and comfortable on the lips—as proven by this one from Covergirl. The warm red gloss adds shine and dimension to your lips, making them look fuller and juicier.

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Avon Ultra Glazewear in Fiery Red

There are lip glosses that you only reach for as a final coat to your lipstick, and there are those that you can wear alone. With this cool red gloss, you can do both. Compared to other glosses, this one is definitely more pigmented, so you can count on it to give you cherry-red lips even without lipstick or liner.

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Best Balm/Tint

BYS Lip Colour Balm in Flirty

Not much of a lipstick girl? Try tinted balms instead! This particular one from BYS leaves a pretty cherry red tint on the lips, while keeping them moisturized. You can wear this alone—perfect for #nomakeup days—or under your favorite red lippies.

 Best Lip Liners

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BYS Lipliner Pencil in Crimson

Prolong the wear of your favorite blue-reds by using this pencil liner as base. The color is flattering on all skin tones, and it makes your teeth look whiter. It prevents your lipstick from feathering, while amplifying its hue.

Avon Glimmersticks in Red Brick

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This retractable lip liner gives the prettiest almost ‘90s brown-red lip color! It’s a fantastic base for your brick red lippies, but is equally gorgeous and long-wearing on its own. 

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