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Our favorite red lip shades

Aly Walansky is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. She lives with her two Shorkie-Tzus, Scarlette and Max, and a display of pink polka-dot-themed home decor -- not to mention a selection of flavored vodka. Check out he...

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Can anyone wear red? Absolutely -- and here are some of our favorite shades to put at the top of the heap.

NYC New York Color Ultra Moist Lipwear in retro red

NYC New York Color Ultra Moist Lipwear in retro red ($1) -- Behold the reddest red I've ever worn. I felt just a teensy bit Marilyn as I was wearing it, which is not a bad thing -- and the uptown color at the downtown price? We're in love.

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Rockalily Lipstick (£14) is so cool that we had to leave America to discover it. It's a super hardcore red line that instantly amplifies just how badass only we know you are. Tip: This shade is blue-based, which helps your teeth look whiter. Plus, you get to buy independent. Hippie.

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M.A.C's Ruby Woo lipstick ($15) is bold, and yet a bit on the subtle side -- making it classic pinup and safe for the everyday at the same time.

Avon Ultra Rich Color lipstick in Poppy Love

Avon Ultra Rich Color lipstick in Poppy Love ($4) -- For anyone who loves a hint of orange in their red, this is gorgeous -- and super rich and creamy, as the name suggests.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick ($19) has a lot to live up to in name alone, but it does. It has a seductive sex appeal of all the retro screen sirens and a beautiful true red for the daring attention-cravers among us.

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Besame Classic Color Lipstick ($22) initially caught our eye because of the design. Check out the retro cool of the bullet-shaped, gold-plated tubes and vibrant red velvet pouch for safe storage. But once we tried their array of amazing reds, the love bloomed even more. (Shown in Bésame Red, a great True Red -- bright and vibrant.) 

Rouge Glossy Lipstick in Parme scintillant

If you're usually a lip gloss kind of gal, this just might be the lipstick you'll make an exception for. Yves Rocher's Rouge Glossy Lipstick in Parme Scintillant ($5) is just what I want in a new relationship -- bright, bold and sparkly. Plus, behold the subtle berry scent!

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