There are certain shades of red lipstick that have become so iconic you know them by name. There's Ruby Woo, Louboutin, and 999. You might even find yourself asking the question, "are you wearing Pirate today?" Because true red lipstick fans know that each shade is unique—and the ones that have stood the test of time deserve to be revisited again and again.
Rihanna's first red lipstick under her Fenty Beauty label is not only universally flattering, but once you swipe it on, the matte formula will last until you decide to wipe it off at the end of the night.
Fans of this orange-red lipstick swear it's the best matte formula ever made: creamy and smooth, never drying, long-lasting, and totally scentless.
An unapologetically bright color that falls somewhere between classic red and pink—it's no wonder Dragon Girl is a favorite of red lipstick queen Taylor Swift.
The boldest orange-red shade with a name to match.
All it takes is one swipe of this insanely bold shade to suddenly feel like you're the kind of person who could wear red lipstick everyday.
This pigmented formula is considered the go-to drugstore dupe for so many other designer red lipsticks in this slideshow (we won't name names).
There are a dozen perfect red shades in Chanel's arsenal—but Pirate is by far the most fun to say.
Long before Game of Thrones, the only Fire & Ice we'd know by name is this classic shade of Revlon lipstick (created all the way back in 1952!).
The shoe designer brought his famous red soles to makeup, and the lipstick world hasn't been the same since.
Dior's iconic 999 shade has had its fair share of celebrity fans over the years. It helps that it looks just as beautiful on every single skin tone.
Kat Von D got in all sorts of trouble for the name alone. The shade, however, is stunning—a matte formula that locks onto lips and won't leave for hours.
The creamiest and most moisturizing take on a blue-red tone.
Arguably the most famous red lipstick shade, the semi-matte formula was even spun-off into a version made just for Rihanna called Riri Woo.
Red and gold make a major statement for YSL's take on a crimson.
The supermodel created her go-to blue-red at the perfect drugstore price.