Red lipstick isn’t just beautiful—it’s political. It’s classic and yet entirely fresh. Red lips are one of Taylor Swift’s favorite things to write about. Some red lipstick shades are so iconic you know them by name—999, Ruby Woo, Dragon Girl (the latter two are rumored to be Swift’s go-tos, by the way). Hardcore red lipstick fans can spot the difference between scarlet, brick-red, and true red, and know that the ones that have stood the test of time deserve to be swiped on again and again.
If you’re already a red lipstick fan or are looking to find one to become your new signature look, the 16 formulas below are where you should start. Each one was handpicked by editors and experts because they look great on anyone and everyone, and last all day without smearing or smudging. Although, isn’t half the fun of red lipstick leaving a little trace of it wherever you go?