Is there anything more classic than a good red lipstick? Along with the little black dress and the plain white tee, the red lipstick completes the holy trinity of style staples. It’s the colour of love, lust, power, and fortune, so naturally it’s going to feature in your Valentine’s Day ensemble. There are few things more seductive than a red lip, but it can be hard to find one that fits your look perfectly. Everyone has a favourite shade, so this Valentine’s Day make sure you find “the one”.

After searching through a dizzying number of options from bright vermillions to dark burgundies, we’ve got you a list of top picks to help you on your search for the perfect red lipstick. These score 10/10 not only for colour but for hydration and duration too. Get red-dy to find your match.

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Tom Ford, Ultra-Shine Lip Colour in ‘Indulgent’

Best for: A lipgloss-worthy shine and a lip-balm worthy moisturiser. Advanced hydrating ingredients from silica powders to polyethylene wax.

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 2000.

Marc Jacobs Beauty, Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in ‘Oh Miley’ 

Best for: A long-lasting lipstick, both in terms of colour and hydration. A classic and versatile red. Easy to choose colour intensity by adapting pressure.

Available at: Sephora at Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm) and ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 1200.

NARS, Powermatte Lip Pigment in ‘Flame’

Best for: Easy and quick one swipe application with the shaped applicator. Creamy liquid feel without stickiness. Strong vibrant colour without having to use too much product.

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 1090.

Guerlain, Rouge G Limited Edition

Best for: Hydration, subtle fresh scent, and a natural looking red colour. An ideal lipstick for daily lifestyle as well as occasions.

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 2200. 

Bobbi Brown, Crushed Liquid Lip in ‘Big apple’

Best for: Creamy feel, opaque vibrant colour. Ideal for those with a more yellow complexion. Very long lasting.

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 1100.

Bobbi Brown, Crushed Liquid Lip in ‘Cherry Crush’

Best for: Creamy feel, opaque and romantic red, ideal choice for those with more pinkish complexions. Very long lasting.

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 1100.

Bobbi Brown, Lucky in Luxe in ‘New York Sunset’

Best for: A more exciting and uplifting orangey brick red colour. Added collagen to enhance radical defense for lips.

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 1450.

Estée Lauder, Pure Colour Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick in ‘Decisive Poppy’

Best for: A non-drying matte lipstick. A classic dark red colour that is still vibrant. Extra secure case with magnetic closure. Use of Advanced True Vision Technology which ensures the colour maintains the 3D look of lips in order to sculpt them for volume and fullness.

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 1300.

Shiseido, VisionAiry Gel Lipstick in ‘Ginza Red’

Best for: A glide-on lipstick, lightweight and cushiony feel with high levels of pigment. Feeling refreshed with a cooling sensation on application. Full coverage that lasts 6 hours. 

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 950.

M.A.C, Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Dare You’

Best for: A classic darker red. Shine that makes lips look hydrated and natural. Small and light casing, ideal for being on-the-go.

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 880.

Yves Saint Laurent, Rouge Volupte Shine in ‘Burgundy Love’

Best for: A natural finish and creamy texture. Nourishment and hydration for lips. A vibrant deep red colour.

Available at: Siam Paragon, Beauty Hall M Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Central Chidlom Beauty Hall, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Zen Central World, Level 1, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Emquartier, G Floor, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, M Floor, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 1500.