Beauty trends are fickle. New ones pop up faster than you can say 'boy brows'. One minute we're architectural wizards at contouring, the next we're piling on blush as though it's getting discontinued. But if there's one look that's resiliently stood the test of time, it's the red lip. Thanks to some kind of magic, bold scarlet looks incredible on everyone and has the ability to instantly take any look from basic to bombshell in just a swipe. There's a whole spectrum of reds to play with. Make-up artist Cat Yong is all about experimenting, she told #TeamCLEO "You can always play with red lip colours. Bright red or darker red...Just be confident!" Heed Cat's advice and pair with minimal eye makeup. Red makes a statement, so don't fear it. If you're new to the shade, make-up artist Shiyo Joo recommends starting with a gradient lip. "It won't be a full-on jolt of colour, and you'll learn to be comfortable with the shade," he shared with #TeamCLEO.
We've gathered some inspos to fuel your red lip obsessions, plus some of the best, makeup artist-approved, universally-flattering reds that'll look amazing on every skin tone. Pucker up!
Makeup artist Morgane Martini gave model Yuka Mannami a fiery orange-tinted red and left everything else bare for a clean, modern finish.