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The Best New Red Lipsticks to Wear This Valentine’s Day

In case you haven’t yet been inspired by the sight of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her perennial red lip—which in her case, is pretty much code for “hear me roar”—Valentine’s Day is here for everyone’s yearly excuse to step out in a crimson mouth. Brands are taking advantage of the moment: Lucia Pica, global creative makeup and colour designer for Chanel, is counting down the days until February 14 with a horoscope-tailored entirely red makeup look for every astrological sign, gazing into her stylish looking glass to deliver all our romantic fortunes. She’s already forecasted her thoughts for Tauruses: “Ombre Première in Pourpre Profond for your eyelids and Rouge Allure in Tentation for your lips,” for a “visible action toward reaching your goal: to single mindedly seduce the object of your desire.”

Whatever your star sign, you can’t go wrong with a red lip. There are always the classics to turn to—Nars’ “Jungle Red”, M.A.C.’s “Ruby Woo”, Chanel Rouge Coco in “Gabrielle”—but there’s a new class of hues to shelve. With formulations made to suit a wide range of skin tones, ultra-light textures and intoxicating scents, the latest lipstick launches are more than worthy of V-Day date night. Or, more importantly, worthy of storming Congress.