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5 Voluptuous reds for Valentine’s Day

From Scarlett to Charlize to Dita Von Teese, red lipstick is synonymous with powerful confident women both on and off the red carpet.

Woman applying red lipsctik in mirror

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If you’ve shied away in the past from wearing a bold lip, now is the perfect time to practise your pout.

Rock a red lip

The colour red is symbolic of energy, passion and action. It stimulates the appetite both in the kitchen and the bedroom! Red also gives an air of confidence on those days when you’d rather stay huddled under the duvet. Used carefully a powerful red lip offers the perfect boost to both our looks and our confidence.

In it for the long haul

Never one to miss a beat, Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic, in collaboration with Bare Escentuals, recently unveiled its very own red lipstick — “Upper Class Red.” Designed to perfectly match the alluring red of the flight-crew uniform, Rebecca Creer, Senior Spas and Grooming Manager at the airline, explains, “Red hot lips have always been a trademark of our cabin crew, signifying the strength and confidence they embody.”

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Reveal the siren within

Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift and Charlize Theron inherently know how to rock a red lip. Their secret lies in choosing the correct undertones to complement their complexion. With a little know-how, and a dash of daring, you too can traipse from the boardroom to the bedroom wearing your very own signature red.

To make it easy for you, we’ve sampled some of our favourite lipsticks narrowing the choice down to five fabulous reds.

Take a peep at our 5 top voluptuous choices


By Dior Dolce Vita

Diorific by Dior Dolce Vita

This true red might be considered high maintenance but it’s worth it! For best results apply once, blot off the excess, then re-apply. (£26).

Joli Rouge Lipstick Clarins Red

Joli lipstick

This moisturising lipstick encased in a substantial silver bullet smells amazing with its fruity, floral scent. Extreme Shine Maxi Lip Complex guarantees smooth kissable lips just in time for Valentine’s Day. (£18).

Pretty Amazing

by Bare Minerals

Pretty Amazing lipcolor

This glossy red lipcolor with precision applicator lends a highly polished look to a bold lip. One sweep of this and you’ll feel instantly made up and ready to go. (£12).

Cinematic Lipstick Short Circuit by Nars

Cinematic lipstick by Nars

Shake up your makeup with this bold red underpinned with vibrant orange hues,a flattering shade for most skin tones. We dare you to try it! (£19).

Rouge Automatique Liu by Guerlain

Rouge Automatique Liu

by Guerlain

Try this pinky-hued red designed to flatter darker skin. This hydrating long-lasting lip colour in a beautiful gold case is named after the famous Guerlain fragrance, Liu. (£25).

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