Dark red lipsticks

If the shades of winter fashion – think black, grey, burgundy – have got you wanting to channel your inner goth, then you’re in luck! We’ve rounded up the best dark lipsticks to switch your seasonal style to unmistakably vampy.  

Animated image of a girl smiling and pouting with dark red lipstick

The Deepest of Reds

Red lipstick is never out of vogue, but if you’re looking for a tweak to your favourite shade then it’s time to dig a little deeper. Opting for shades that are less Marilyn Monroe and more Bordeaux beauty is sure to do the trick.

Perfect Plums & Purples

There was once a time when purple and plum lipstick shades were reserved for fancy dress parties and ‘my first beauty kits’. Fast-forward to the modern day and we’ve got red carpet queens like Rihanna, Beyoncé and Katy Perry rocking the hues on the regular.

Thanks to this newly-found obsession, our favourite brands have been busy experimenting. From aubergine-inspired formulas to a glide-on liquid lipstick, these top picks are sure to add that striking finishing touch to any look…

Collection Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick Aubergine Kiss 13 £2.99 Buy Now
Maybelline Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick Midnight Plum £5.94 Buy Now
Bourjois Bourjois Lipstick Rouge Edition Velvet 25 Berry Chic £8.49 Buy Now
GOSH Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick Matte Plum 008 £7.99 Buy Now

Brilliant Berries

A shade that’s as refreshing as the fruit itself, berry shades are perfect for those that want to be halfway between a red and a purple. Whether you want to feel like a queen in your meeting with the big boss or stand out on your night out, these sophisticated shades are as versatile as they are striking. 

Rimmel Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick Berry Mischief £4.99 Buy Now
Burt's Bees Burt's Bees Lipstick Wine Wave 3.4g £9.99 Buy Now

The Bordering-on-Blacks

If your life motto is ‘go bold or go home’ then channel full-on gothic glam with a colour that’s almost the darkest colour on the spectrum.

These shades are designed to cause a scene, so keep the lipstick the sole focus by stripping back the rest of your look – think glossy lids and a barely-there base.

e.l.f. e.l.f. Moisturising Lipstick Bordeaux Beauty £4.50 Buy Now
Revolution Revolution Life on the Dancefloor Sparklers Funk You £3.00 Buy Now

The Perfect Partner…

Dark lipstick shades are unforgiving and are the most likely to cause a noticeable lipliner bleed if not prepped properly. Avoid a smudged finish by staying inside the lines...

Collection Collection Lip Definer 4.2g Damson 5 £2.79 Buy Now
Rimmel Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner Black Tulip 63 £2.99 Buy Now
B. B. Lip Liner 05 Plum £4.99 Buy Now