Dressing Table: The most glamorous red lipsticks

1. Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in 17 Red Muse

The last word in luxury, this lippie from YSL comes in an ornate gold tube, smooths on easily and won't budge for hours. The narrow shape of the stick means it's easily and precisely applied, and there's the bonus of a pleasant pineapple scent. Yves Saint Laurent, £20, ysl-parfums.com

2. Repelenishing Lip Colour in 648 Stage Red

This promises to moisturise and contour your lips as you wear it, as well as looking like something straight off a film set. The perfect shade of red, it'll plump up even the thinnest of pouts. Dior, £21, 020-7216 0216

3. Lasting Finish Lipstick in 170 Alarm

A scarlet hue for scarlet women, Rimmel's show-stopping red lippie is bright enough to be cool and youthful but it doesn't border on orange, so remains a sophisticated statement. And it's a bargain. Rimmel London, £4.49, rimmellondon.com

4. Rouge Hydrabase in 65 Fire

Chanel's aesthetic of old school glamour means they really know what they're doing: This hydrating and moist lipstick contains shea butter to condition your lips, and also has a satin finish. Chanel, £20, 020-7493 3836

5. The Lipstick in 180 Ruby

How better to sex up your lips than with a fiery red from Italy's most glamorous designers? In a satisfyingly chunky platinum case, this sublime shade holds well and doesn't dry. Dolce & Gabbana, £20, Selfridges, 0800 123 400

6. Sweet Kiss Lipstick in 54 Rouge Glamour

This creamy colour is riotious and strong without being too brash. It's also supple so won't dry your lips or crack throughout the day. Bourjois, £7.82, bourjois.co.uk