After seeing Naomi Watts and Taylor Swift #twinning in red lipstick and yellow gowns at this year’s Golden Globes, we started thinking about the coolest color combinations celebs love to wear on the red carpet (and to the related after-parties). These are the formulas your favorite A-listers return to again and again, and for good reason: They work. Want to try them out yourself? Keep scrolling to see the prettiest lipstick-and-dress pairings.
The pairing of a red lip with a canary yellow dress is a red carpet go-to that always feel fresh. Bright and cheerful, the look is also alluring in its bold embrace of color. Since the hues themselves are such a statement, take a cute from Naomi Watts, Taylor Swift, and Marion Cotillard, who kept the silhouettes of their gowns on the simpler side.
A pretty berry lip with a black gown (as seen on Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Monaghan, and Zoe Saldana) is a more unexpected choice than a true red lip, which could easily veer into va-va-voom vixen territory. And when your dress features sheer panels, cutouts, and lace? A berry pout ensures the look is more romantic than racy.
No matter how the times change, red lips with a red dress (as seen on Heidi Klum, Emmy Rossum, Lupita Nyong’o) will always be a classic, ultra-glamorous pairing—especially on the red carpet. That’s what we call red on red on red.
A nude lip with a metallic dress is a subtly sexy pairing celebs constantly embrace (see: J.Lo). Not only does the nude lip soften the sparkle for a more au natural vibe, it's also a combo that works with almost any woman's coloring. To wit: Kate Beckinsale, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington.
Which of these lip and dress pairings will you be trying out? Do you have a favorite color combo to wear for a night out? Tell us below!