6 Editor-Approved Red Lipstick Shades for When We’re Having a ‘Taylor Swift in the Stands’ Moment

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Inspired by the singer’s bold red lip while cheering on Travis Kelce at the Chiefs games

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Nothing says fall like a little Sunday night football and an epic red lip. And thanks to Taylor Swift, game day style just got a whole lot more exciting.

The Grammy winner has become the surprise breakout star of the 2023 NFL season amid her rumored romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. She’s been at back-to-back Chiefs' games, rolling deep with her crew and lighting up the internet with her meme-worthy spectator reactions.

And let’s face it: No one works harder than Taylor Swift’s red lipstick at a football game. Her shade has serious staying power — even when it’s up against snacking on chicken fingers and seemingly ranch.

Related: Taylor Swift Left the Chiefs Game with Travis Kelce in Red New Balance Sneakers — Get Her Exact Pair

It’s likely that Swift has a number of red lipsticks in her rotation, with a recent favorite being Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST Legendary Wear Lipstick in ELSON 4  — the same one she wore in the “Bejeweled” music video.

And while Swift and Kelce are still in the early stages of their relationship, our commitment to our favorite red lipstick shades is long-term. In honor of Traylor, shop the ones we come back to again and again.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Indépendante




“I love red lipstick, and I’ve tried the best of nearly every brand. But the one I reach for over and over again is this true red in an absolutely foolproof formula that can be dabbed on with a finger for a ‘French girl’ flush or applied with a brush for a look that’s red carpet-ready. It’s got a rich texture that doesn’t flake or bleed, but it’s sheer enough that I can apply it without a mirror without worrying about #joker vibes. It’s worth every penny, and I buy it when it runs out.” Alex Apatoff, Executive Editor, Digital, PEOPLE

Ilia Beauty Color Block Lipstick in Flame




“I’ve interviewed a number of celebrities who all swear by the same beauty hack: “A good red lip is an instant confidence booster.” It took me a while to jump on this bandwagon, but thanks to Ilia’s Color Block lipstick, I’m a convert. This fiery red shade has a bold pigmented finish that doesn’t smudge - it lasted from the pumpkin patch with my kids to date night with my husband this past weekend and I only had to reapply it once. The formula also contains conditioning castor seed oil and apricot Seed oil to help hydrate lips.” Brittany Talarico, Deputy Style Director, PEOPLE

Related: The 10 Best Red Lipsticks of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored




“ I've used this powerful matte lip color from Rihanna's collection for six years now, and it still surprises me how well it stays on while eating and drinking — I have no doubt it can make it through a full 60 minutes of NFL action!” Laura Gurfein, Commerce Director, PEOPLE

Christian Loubotin Rouge Louboutin Velvet Matte On the Go Lipstick in Diva Fire 007




“I have a penchant for red lipstick, so I willingly put dozens of colors to the test every year. If I had to rate this one on a scale of 1 to 10, trust me when I say it's at least an 11. A lot of mattes can struggle in the texture department, but this lightweight formula glides on lips, making them feel pillow-soft. It stays put for hours but doesn't make lips feel dry. If that wasn't enough of a win-win, the Rouge Louboutin 01 color is a show-stopper (it's inspired by Christian Louboutin's iconic red bottom shoe), and the gorgeous bullet and luxurious tube can't be beat. ”Jackie Fields, Deputy Beauty Director, PEOPLE

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red

<p>Charlotte Tilbury</p>

Charlotte Tilbury


“I only pull out a good red lip for very special occasions. My fair, neutral complexion needs a shade that's quite blue-toned; anything that steers in the orange direction starts to look a bit like costume makeup on me. So when a wedding or fancy industry event comes up and a red lip will complete my look, I reach for Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution lipstick in Red Carpet Red, the perfect cool hue that's almost a bit rosy. The square-angled tip helps me get a precise application every time and the matte (but not flat or drying) finish helps it stay put for hours.” Lindsey Metrus, Commerce Director, PEOPLE

Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave




“Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave has been my favorite, go-to red for almost a decade. The genius is in the formula, as Nars lipsticks are enriched with vitamin E to keep dryness at bay all day (and night) long. The finish is velvety with that elusive siren effect—full-bodied, and classic—and allows for an almost entirely undetectable fade. Reapplying is never a must, which makes life all the easier to enjoy. It's the absolute best.” Hallie Gould, Editor in Chief, Byrdie

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