Spring's juicy lipstick shades of gold-red, season-perfect maraschino cherry, and coral-red look fresh and bright on everyone. Orange-inflected reds just look happy and new, and they're extremely easy to wear. So to find out how to get your perfect match and see shades for every skin tone, just keep reading.
It's a classic, and a celebrity favorite, too. You simply can't go wrong with a red lip look in any shade. But what can you do to set your version of this trend apart from the pack? Try one of these makeup pairings that range from demure to brazen.
1. Babydoll blush: Zooey Deschanel accentuated her pinkish-red lipstick with a heavy-handed application of blush. It's a look that's light around the eyes, with the main focus centering on the bottom of the face. Tip: if you are going to try this delicate option, choose a blush and red lipstick with pink undertones so they complement instead of clash.
2. Retro red: Coco Rocha turned up the heat on her red lip color by adding a smoky, winged-out eye, a combination reminiscent of a retro pinup girl. Since it's more intense, a dramatic eye plus red lipstick is preferable for a nighttime look.
3. Stand alone: Natural makeup is becoming more popular on the runways, and a red lip shade is the perfect way to bring panache to an already flawless complexion. Model Dree Hemingway wore this daytime variation during her Coachella appearances. Opt for a matte darker tone to really let the red speak for itself.
The runway is a time for hair, nail, and makeup artists to express their creativity in the wildest of ways, but it's also the perfect opportunity for them to stick with the classics. And at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week, many of these talents proved that red lipstick hardly ever fails. At Zac Posen, for instance, cool and warm tones were combined to create the ultimate neutral-red lip color. On top of that, geisha-inspired eye makeup and hair brought it all together for a style that was truly memorable. Tadashi Shoji, on the other hand, opted for a more elegant look, pairing MAC's Crimson Lipmix and chic chignons for a sophisticated feel. For Marc by Marc Jacobs, sleek ponytails and a custom-blended red lip look (by Shiseido's Dick Page) lent a minimalistic style to the catwalks. But if you had to pick the raddest runway red, which one would it be?
Sometimes it's the simply elegant styles that prove to be the most stunning. And at Tadashi Shoji, the entire beauty palette, from hair to nails to makeup, was the kind that you'll want to wear forever. Click through now to see how you can re-create this timeless style on your own.
Ashley Greene might be sad about the end of the Twilight saga, but last night at the Breaking Dawn premiere she looked positively sanguine in this gorgeous red statement lipstick. The color is totally personalized, but if you'd like to copy it you're in luck, because according to Ashley's makeup artist, Vanessa Scali, this amazing shade is just a mixture of Mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Cha Cha and Mark Lipclick SPF 15 Color Shine Lipstick in Hot Stuff. Easy, pretty, and (almost) completely unique.
Rachel Zoe has impeccable taste, but she also has an impossibly busy schedule. And for those times when things aren't quite coming together in the wardrobe department or jet lag is the issue, Rachel recommends this instant pick-me-up: red lipstick. "Add a heel, like a sexy black pump, and a red lip and you’re good to go," she tells the Sydney Morning Herald. So whether you're going to be a frequent flyer this holiday season or are facing a closet full of clothes you just don't know what to do with, now you're covered — painting the town red, of course.
Alexa Chung is the epitome of easy modern style, and the way she throws casual elements together for looks that are simple but also pretty and eye-catching is a lesson we could all stand to learn. Most recently, she wore this fabulous lipstick look in Sydney at the 30 Days of Fashion and Beauty event. We love how bright yet polished it makes her look and the way that she uses it in place of wearing much in the way of other makeup. It's a great idea for days when you don't want to put on a whole bunch of product, because you still look fresh and a little made up.
The trick for making the look work is picking a cream-to-matte texture and a bright shade. A cheery orange red or a true, fire engine red hue are your best bets, and lipstick pencils are perfect for getting the right texture and luminosity. If you opt for a regular lipstick, keep things looking fresh by using lip liner beneath. For color picks like Alexa's, just check out the widget below.
At last night's amfAR Inspiration Gala in Paris, stars like Fergie, Diane Kruger, Delphine Chaneac, and more showed their support for AIDS awareness by donning red lipstick on the red carpet. Whether it was Dita Von Teese's signature scarlet shade or Sonia Rolland's brick-red hue, the red lip look definitely added some retro glamour to the otherwise contemporary gowns. Red lipstick is a great way to inject polish and sophistication into even the most casual of ensembles. Click the widget below to shop our lipstick picks.
One thing that makes Gwen Stefani so captivating is her honesty. She's so forthcoming, in fact, that many of her songs feature personal details about her life and emotions. Similarly, when it comes to beauty, Gwen is not one to put a spin on things. See some examples of Gwen keeping it real when you read more.
Zoe Saldana looked supremely stylish at a John Varvatos charity event recently, pairing a sheer mushroom-hued shadow with translucent ruby lipstick. It's low-key, but eye-catching, and makes for a perfect daytime look. To get a similar lip color, try MAC Stylishly Yours Lipstick in Cockney ($14) or Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Ruby Red ($6). For eye shadow, try a shade like Stila Cosmetics Eye Shadow Pan in Puppy ($18) or Revlon Satin Eye Shadow in Polished Bronze ($5). For information on the products featured above, just click on the images.