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50 Reasons Red Lipstick Will Never Go Out of Style

May 15 2013 - 6:00am

It's usually wise to stay away from sweeping generalizations, but it's pretty safe to say that red lipstick will never go out of style. From dark brick to candy apple, red lipstick has been a staple in makeup kits since the beginning of beauty time (whenever that was). On lips, this fiery hue conveys both sophistication and fearlessness. You'll find numerous shades for different skin tones, every occasion, and complementary eye-makeup ideas when you peruse this celebrity-inspired guide.

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana [1] took a modern approach to a vintage visage at the UK premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness, wearing a ruddy red hue swept across her eyes.

Stacy Keibler

Stacy Keibler dressed her tousled updo up with a red lipstick hue at the Heineken Star Bottle event.

Joan Smalls

Model Joan Smalls attended the Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner with a smooth, center-parted blowout and bright red lips.

Poppy Delevingne

Poppy Delevingne attended the Calzedonia Summer Show sporting a bedhead look paired with bold red lips. The effect was polished yet cool.

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller [2] arrived at the opening of Broadway's Orphans donning eye-grazing bangs and bold red lips.

Kate Bosworth

At a screening of Black Rock, Kate Bosworth [3] went with a sleek, low ponytail coupled with a bold, red-orange lip.

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder [4] stunned at a special screening for Disconnect in New York City. Her milky complexion was flawless, and she enhanced the look with red lips, defined brows, and shiny brunette hair.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus [5] capitalized on her short hair to do rock-and-roll spikes at the Met Gala, but her glossy red lip color added a touch of class.

Miranda Kerr

This oxblood-red lip color on Miranda Kerr [6] brought a dramatic flair to her Met Gala look.

Jennifer Lawrence

Looking like a vision from right off the Dior runway, Jennifer Lawrence [7] wore a cage veil and crimson lipstick on the Met Gala red carpet.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Gold eye shadow, a cherry lip stain, and slicked-back sides made up Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Met Gala look.

Gwen Stefani

No red lipstick roundup would be complete without Gwen Stefani [8]. The singer wore a twisted updo and her signature bold lip to the 2013 Met Gala.

Elizabeth Olsen

While attending Chanel's The Little Black Jacket dinner in Milan, Elizabeth Olsen wore her copper-tinged hair, bright red lips, and glowing skin.

Olivia Munn

Looking polished, Olivia Munn arrived at the Oscars with sideswept bangs and a red lip.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain pulled out the bombshell hair and makeup with brushed-out waves and classic red lips at the 2013 Oscars.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora wore her blond bob whisked back, matching her bright poppy ensemble with a deep red lip color.

Chrissy Teigen

At the Vanity Fair Oscar party, model Chrissy Teigen accented a subtle smoky eye with a bold red lipstick.

Vanessa Hudgens

At the Vanity Fair Oscars party, Vanessa Hudgens [9] took a note from the vintage trend currently sweeping red carpets everywhere, coupling retro waves with a classic bold lip.

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones looked resplendent in a bright, reddish-pink lip at the Vanity Fair Oscars party.

Lily Collins

Lily Collins went for a classic yet edgy style with a bold, red-orange lipstick and mussed-up waves at the Producers Guild Awards.

Solange Knowles

The combination of flaming lipstick and a golden dress at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty set Solange Knowles's look apart from the rest.

Amanda Seyfried

Look to steal: Amanda Seyfried [10]'s vibrant, poppy-hued lipstick from the Lovelace premiere.

Charlize Theron

A daring, vampy-red lip further enhanced Charlize Theron [11]'s sexy style at the Cinema For Peace gala.

Janelle Monáe

At the Grammys, Janelle Monáe's signature red lip look was achieved with a mix of CoverGirl's LipPerfection LipLiner in Passion topped off with the Brand's LipPerfection Lipcolor in Hot.

Alexa Chung

Indie darling Alexa Chung looked simply sweet at the Grammys in a custom-blended bright red lip.


Ever the chameleon, Rihanna [12] matched her sheer crimson gown with a matte red lip hue at the Grammys.


A stick-straight ponytail and bright red lips made for a sophisticated style on Beyoncé at the Grammys.

Alicia Keys

With her auburn lip and impeccably styled updo, Alicia Keys [13] had the chic factor down to a science at the Grammys.

Thandie Newton

At the British Academy Film Awards, kinky curls and red lipstick were all Thandie Newton [14] needed to take the red carpet by storm.

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard set off her classic tomato-red lipstick with a neon yellow gown at the BAFTAs.

Tyra Banks

At Clive Davis's Grammys Pre-Party, Tyra Bangs wore a scarlet lip color that balanced out her blunt blond fringe.

January Jones

At the SAG Awards, January Jones [15] delivered the most striking look of the evening. A true-red lip — using Chanel Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Incandescente — and her pompadour coiffure added just the right amount of avant-garde coolness.

Naomi Watts

Going for an Old Hollywood beauty look at the SAG Awards, Naomi Watts [16] paired her ruby-red lip with cascading waves.

Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles looked divine in her bright, red-orange lip color and fully rimmed eyeliner at the SAG Awards.


Burgundy hair and candy-apple-red lipstick? Somehow it worked for Eve at the Nicole Miller runway show.

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese [17] is the epitome of retro glamour, so of course a high-shine red lipstick is one of her makeup essentials.

Jill Scott

Jill Scott paired her satiny top with a rust lip color and off-center updo.

Chloë Sevigny

At the A&E upfront, Chloë Sevigny [18] turned up the heat with a bright, red-orange lip hue.

Olivia Culpo

Beauty queen Olivia Culpo wore a pink-undertoned red lip to really make her white smile shine.

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks gave a prime example on why redheads should wear more red lipstick at the BAFTAs.

Jamie Chung

At the InStyle Golden Globe party, Jamie Chung's carmine lip color was the lone pop of color next to her nearly all-gold color scheme.

Ashley Madekwe

You can never go wrong with sideswept waves and crimson lipstick, as seen on Ashley Madekwe at a Dukes of Melrose launch party.

Julianne Hough

At GQ's Men of the Year party, Julianne Hough coupled an intense red lip color with high-octane blush.

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger [19] wore a soft vermillion lip to the GQ Men of the Year party, a gorgeous pairing to her chic yet casual style.

Alice Eve

All blond-haired, blue-eyed ladies should take a note from Alice Eve's style book. Her fiery lip color at the Elle Style Awards added a brightening effect to both her hair and her eyes.

Angela Simmons

At the Skyy Moscato Launch, Angela Simmons wore a glossy red lip color that was high on shine.

Emmy Rossum

While some may shy away from white clothing with red lipstick, Emmy Rossum proved to be daring at the Saving Tails gala.

Rachel Nichols

At the Raze premiere, Rachel Nichols wore a fire-engine-red hue on lips that set off her fair complexion.

Giuliana Rancic

On medium skin tones, like Giuliana Rancic's, a brick lip color creates a flattering finish.

Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo's cat eyeliner and ruby lipstick made for a timeless combination at a Rochas event.

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