Red lipstick is one of the most primitive and opulent forms of beauty. Whether it is a celebrity walking the red carpet or a girls night out, this sultry beauty trend works for women everywhere and is always an obvious go to. So if the red lipstick really is a tale as old as time, why are we writing ANOTHER article about it? Simple, because there are hundreds of shades of red and not surprisingly each shade has its own style and meaning to it. Here’s our 411 on five different shades of red lipstick, what styles they go best with, and what they say about you. Pick your favorite or try them all and get ready to tell starstruck spectators to “red my lips.”

Rouge Louboutin Velvet Matte

Lip Color

Christian Louboutin’s matte lip color is truly one of the most classic styles of the red lip. This richly pigmented red lip color is the ultimate stamp of sophisticated seduction to add to any look. While this timeless shade of red pairs well with all colors it pops the most when worn with white or a little black dress. This color is essential for any night out with the girls or romantic date. Available at Neiman Marcus $90

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Lady 325

This Dolce & Gabbana red lipstick is a few shades darker than the ‘traditional’ red color. The deepness in the color symbolizes power and confidence making this color a must have for the office. A darker shade of red such as Lady 325 can also create the ultimate wow factor when worn by any of the pale skin, round eyed women out there by highlighting your unique facial features. Available at Sephora $36

Tom Ford Tony

Tom Ford’s Lip Color is for those looking for a fun side to the traditional red. The color mixes hues of red and orange with a metallic coating creating a very playful and youthful look. We are totally loving the pop it can add to any outfit without going over the top and rating it as a must have accessory for upcoming music festivals.

Available at Bloomingdales $53

Sisley Paris Hydrating Long

Lasting Lipstick in  Rose Fushia

The Rose Fushia Lipstick by Sisley Paris is another youthful take on the traditional red with its lighter shading and splash of pink undertones. This is a much more subtle color than some of the other shades mentioned above but still carries the same beauty and allure. The simplicity with this color makes it perfect for everyday wear and doesn’t need to be combined with a full face of makeup or fancy dress. In fact, this color creates a perfect look when applied on a fresh face on the way out of the gym or at the stop light on your way to run errands. Available at Neiman Marcus $57

La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip

Colour in Rose Automne

La Prairie combines pigments of taupe and red to create their luxe lip colour Rose Automne. This rich color combo creates a more minimalized sensual look than bright reds. This look is still very sultry but more understated amongst a crowd. A color like this is perfect for nights you want to look your best without looking like you put much effort in your appearance. The best part of this color? The mixture of colors used to create it forms a color that looks stunning on every skin tone. Available at $55