Going through a bad breakup? Or maybe they just don’t feel the same way? Whatever the diagnosis is, the last thing you want to do on Valentine’s Day is mope and gorge on a box of chocolates while binging on sad movies. (OK, maybe the last part doesn’t sound too bad). Now, mending a broken heart can take a while. But, while time runs its course, you’re definitely going to need an instant pick-me-up. Our advice? Red lipstick.

A single swipe of any sultry, sexy shade should give you that much-needed confidence boost. Find your weapon-of-choice among our faves below, and paint the town red while you’re at it!

1. Maybelline Powder Mattes in GET RED-DY, P299 “I wasn’t into orange-y reds until I tried this shade and, without fail, someone comments on it every single time I wear it. It’s such a fiery look-at-me kinda color. Putting this on makes me feel instantly put together on days when I’m not feeling too cute or when I’m too lazy to make an effort with the rest of my makeup. It really brightens up the face.” – Kim, Associate Editor

Love doesn’t always last, but this statement pigment promises you intense staying power. It provides a rich, concentrated color that adds a touch of vibrancy to any makeup look. It’s easily applied and glides smoothly, and feels totally lightweight when worn.

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2. Rom&nd Lip Driver in SKID MARK, P700 “This is a gorgeous, orange-tinged red that’s perfect for sunny days, or really, any time I want to look a little brighter. Rom&nd really knows how to make a lippie you’ll love at first swipe, and this liquid lipstick is no exception!” – Ayana, Senior Staff Writer

This liquid lippie is everything you need in a soulmate: trustworthy, reliable, and enduring. It has a matte, powdery finish and complements any complexion. The best part? It’s formulated to prevent smudging, so hey—it’s not going anywhere.

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3. Benefit They’re Real Red On, P1,300 “I find myself reaching for this shade again and again. Maybe it’s because it’s the kind of red that has the power to instantly transform my look. I could feel really gross, but once I swipe this on, I feel more tender with myself. Sometimes, even a little badass.” – Dani, Associate Editor

Is this burning an eternal flame? Our verdict on this luscious lip tint: It’s definitely a partner for a lifetime. It’s bold, buildable, and absolutely blendable. It has a classic, crimson hue and a velvety finish. You can’t go wrong with this one!

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4. Kris Matte Matic Lipstick in LOVE, P245 “This is the PERFECT true red! It applies very easily, flatters my skin tone, and even makes my teeth look whiter. This is my default red shade for any occasion.”– Bea M., Marketing Officer

Remember your first crush? This lip crayon is just like that: Fun, fresh, and feels fluffy. It has a vibrant color payoff and a silky, matte finish. It’s made for everyday looks, but looks just as great during nights out with the girls.

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5. Rom&nd Romand Zero Gram Matte in RED CARPET, P780 “With this classic shade of red, you are sure to make a great impression in any meeting or date. I like how it highlights my natural tan and makes my smile brighter. It’s love at first swipe!” – Annicca, Marketing Officer

Unlike that boy you briefly dated in college, we promise that this one won’t flake on you—literally. It has a lightweight formula and a honey-smooth texture, plus gives a saturated color that elevates any look. You’ll be looking runway-ready in a snap.

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6. The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in LOYAL, P790 “Love how this shade of red makes me feel unstoppable! Apart from the universally flattering color, the formulation of this lipstick is also worth hyping. It doesn’t dry out my lips, doesn’t transfer, and still looks perfect after eating. Just one application and I’m already good for the whole day!” – Mara T., Business Development Officer

This long-wear liquid is any girl’s BFF. It has a moisturizing formula that keeps your lips looking plump and supple, and has a minty, cooling sensation that keeps you feeling fresh throughout the day. Go ahead, treat yourself. You deserve it!

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Photos by Nikki Torres.

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