This season we've seen an abundance of rich, highly pigmented nails, such as blue-as-the-sea polishes and taxicab-yellow lacquers. And while these bold and bright shades may be in high demand, classic red is still holding its own, especially when worn with its natural pairing, red lipstick. So when it comes to red on red, let's take a look at some different ways to wear it, from demure to cool and everything in between.
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.
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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.
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