While it’s no secret we’re wild about trying new beauty trends, there’s something to be said for a classic, time-honored beauty moment—and it seems like our favorite celebrities agree. If a bold red lip signifies confidence and emphasizes a perfect pout, no wonder celebrities continue to count it as one of their favorite red carpet beauty looks. So as the holidays and red lipstick season officially swing into high gear, keep scrolling for the shades your favorite leading ladies can't live without!
Ever wonder why Taylor Swift is never spotted without a perfect red lip? Well, according to the songstress herself, she thinks her face looks worse without it. We disagree, but happen to love Swift’s signature look. Her must-have shade? Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26) in Dragon Girl.
Emma Stone is one of our favorite stars to watch on the red carpet. Never one to shy away from a bold lip or a new hair color, Stone is always game to change up her look, thanks to the creative eye of her trusted makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin. When Stone is channeling old-Hollywood glamour, Goodwin uses Chanel's Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color ($36) in La Fascinante to create a bold, chic look we can’t get enough of.
Jamie Chung may have a few beauty memories she’d like to forget, but her choice in red lipstick is not one of them. The actress and style blogger confessed that she’s obsessed with lips, and Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense ($20) in M8 is the matte red color she can’t get enough of.
A classic fire-engine red is a favorite around the Byrdie offices, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy a softer, rosier hue just as much. Our inspiration? The gorgeous Olivia Wilde. Makeup artist Melanie Inglessis created the perfect berry stain with a velvet finish to compliment Wilde’s fair complexion, combining Revlon's ColorBurst Matte Lip Balm ($10) in Standout and Sultry.
Stefani’s secret to making her signature red pout last? Lip liner! Her makeup artist, MAC director of makeup artistry Gregory Arlt, uses MAC Lip Pencil ($17) in Cherry to line her lips before painting them with one of Stefani’s favorite shades: MAC Lipstick ($17) in Russian Red.
On a recent red carpet, Dakota Johnson channeled pure movie star glamour in a white dress and statement red lip created by makeup artist Lisa Houghton using Dior's Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35) in Rouge Favori 752.
Lupita Nyong’o is a true triple threat: talented actress, fashion darling, and total beauty icon. Her makeup artist, Nick Barose, explains that Nyong’o is often spotted wearing strong, bold looks because the colors pop against her gorgeous skin. Our favorite? Nyong’o's sepia-red mouth created with the elegant Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color ($36) in Pirate.