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Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I rarely wear a red lip because the application of such a bold color has to be very precise (and most of the time I'm just too lazy to deal with it). But now that I discovered this jumbo lip crayon, I'll be wearing the hue all the time. It's sharp enough to be used as a pencil, but I love coating my entire lip with it. It has a super velvety, creamy texture that lasts for hours.
Buy It! Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in "Dragon Girl," $27; sephora.com
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Laura Mercier Lip Glacé
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I've been a gloss girl since seventh grade and never looked back. The best thing about this formula is its non-sticky texture, plus it naturally plumps your pout. The pigmented gloss also hydrates and the color isn't an overwhelming red, but offers a more subtle shine.
Buy It! Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Poppy, $26; nordstrom.com
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Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: I know, I know. Not Ruby Woo? But ever since I tried this slightly richer, more blue-based option, I was hooked. Let's just say this "Russian" shade has hacked its way into my makeup bag for life.
Buy it! M.A.C. Cosmetics lipstick in "Russian Red," $17; nordstrom.com
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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: When I say "favorite" red lipstick, what I really mean is the red lipstick I think about obsessively but have yet to pull the trigger on. I've been hunting for a super dark, burgundy color for a few months now and according to the internet, this is my perfect match. Now I just have to actually get my butt to a drugstore and fork over the $5 to make all my dreams come true.
Buy It! Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, $4.99; target.com
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Nars + BeautyCounter
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: Nars' "Dragon Girl" is a classic for a reason (it's got a little blue, a little orange, and is flattering on many skin tones), but in the winter, my lips are so dry that going full matte isn't an option. I get tons of compliments when I layer on this perfect-match gloss, which smooths out imperfections and doesn't stick to my hair in windy winter weather.
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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: I don't wear red lipstick often, so when I do, it really needs to blow me away. The first time I tried this Charlotte Tilbury one, it did just that. The formula has a matte finish, but never felt overly drying on my incessently chapped lips. Plus, it stayed put all day, even after drinking multiple cups of coffee and eating lunch. It's the ultimate classic red shade I go back to over and over again.
Buy It! Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Carina's Love, $32; nordstrom.com
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Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lips Color
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: Although I used to be a red lipstick during the day (everyday) kind of girl, more recently I've been going for a more neutral lip for my every day look. However, on special occasions I'll rock the red hue, which most likely means that when I'm wearing a red lip I'm also carrying a clutch or small bag. This Tom Ford mini lipstick is the perfect size for me and I love how true and bright of a red it is — it's the perfect lipstick for a night out on the town!
Buy It! Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lips Color in Dylan Matt, $36; nordstrom.com
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YSL Rouge Pur Couture
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: It's been a while since I've worn red, but when I do, I always return to this one, the first red shade I ever tried on. It goes on smooth and stays on for hours, and because it's such a classic hue, it goes with literally everything.
Buy It! YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 1 Le Rouge, $37; sephora.com
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Gucci Luxurious Moisture-Rich Lipstick
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: You can call me a creature of habit: whenever I step out of my no-makeup comfort zone, I’m almost certainly grabbing for this Gucci tube. It’s been my favorite red shade for over two years. Despite the fact that it’s matte, this magical formula is actually moisturizing (I can wear it all day and there’s nary a crack in my lips). Plus, I never have to reapply, it never budges and I never get tired of it’s bittersweet chocolate scent. (Yes, it’s scented, would you expect anything less from Gucci?).
Buy It! Gucci Luxurious Moisture-Rich Lipstick in Iconic Red, $39; bloomingdales.com