When it comes to makeup, nothing says bold and timeless like a classic red lip. Feminine and powerful at the same time, red lips have always been a statement look that has helped women feel empowered and glamorous. For centuries, women have been donning scarlet hues on their lips, dating all the way back to Cleopatra and ancient Egypt, to the suffragettes in World War II, and the era of old Hollywood actresses.
Red lipstick has never fallen out of style no matter the decade, and depending on how you wear it, can completely transform your look from classic and romantic, to modern and edgy. No longer just reserved for red carpet events, red lips can be worn no matter what time of the day.
Looking for some rouge inspiration? See how some of your favorite celebrities rock the red lip, most of them done by the best makeup artists in the industry!
When it comes to rocking a classic red color, don’t knock on the old rule just yet. Textbook rouge lips look absolutely smashing with minimal makeup everywhere else, which makes for the perfect statement look. For that timeless, golden Hollywood look, dust some light bronzer on the cheeks, and sweep a similarly hued eyeshadow powder on your lids. Check out Liza Soberano, who looks absolutely amazing in this scarlet color by Mickey See.
Wearing dramatic liquid lipstick like Heart? Take notes from the style icon and actress on her take on the bold red lip with a modern, east Asian-inspired look. Keeping the rest of her makeup almost bare, Heart looks effortlessly good in this strong, vibrant color on her puckers, finishing the look with a cat eye on her upper lids and slick, jet black hair parted in the middle. It’s a look that’s perfect when you want to feel empowered, like for the day of an important presentation!
For a sultrier look, a deep red color like marsala provides that drama and looks good on different skin tones. This look is great for a dinner date or for channeling some fierce #girlboss power at a big meeting.
Here’s a much subtler and playful take on the red color, with Georgina sporting a candy red hue on lips, flushed cheeks, long lashes, and a shimmery, golden powder on her lids. It’s a fresh and fun weekend look for when you’re catching up with friends over dinner and a few cocktails, or getting some of that retail therapy done!
Meanwhile, KZ Tandingan can sashay away in this glamorous look by Jelly Eugenio! The singer glows in all the right places, with her satin crimson lips that played up her strawberry blonde locks well. She also looked absolutely fierce as she paired her lips with shimmery pink eyeshadow and a strong highlighter game.
Is red too strong for you to wear in the day time? Kathryn Bernardo shows you how to make this color more wearable in the morning. Trade your bullet or liquid lipstick in for lip and cheek tint, a way lighter formula that gives you a just-been-kissed look and can be worn even on the most low-key of days. Look even fresher by lining your waterline with a white eyeliner pencil, which will really open up tired-looking eyes.
Morenas need no longer fret about rocking red lipstick, as tan-skinned girls have repeatedly proven in the past that they look absolutely stunning in rouge hues. Check out breakout teen star Vivoree Esclito completely slaying this glossy red lip by Anthea Bueno. The bold, wet look enhances her signature feature, and this ruby shade complements her complexion!
Here’s another alternative to the classic red that’s more casual and fitting for wear during the daytime. Instead of swiping a deep red color on your lips, switch to a hue that has pinker tones for a safer, more wearable shade. Keep things interesting and sweep the color on your eyes and cheeks for a trendy, monochromatic look. Here, artist Robbie Pinera used the same shade from BLK Cosmetics.
Thanks to her luscious pucker, Maine Mendoza has the ability to look good in any color, and she manages to channel some great screen goddess vibes with golden tones that spell glamour, from her soft smokey eye to her jawline and cheekbones. The Eat Bulaga host then chose to wear a deep color on her lips to complement her bronzer and highlighter.
Jodi Sta. Maria
Need more proof that tan and red go together? Check out Jodi Sta. Maria all glammed up in a golden bronze look by RB Chanco paired with a chili red hue on her lips. This makeup is perfect for girls with warm undertones in their complexion!
Keeping in with the monochromatic trend, if you’re up to for a more daring look, refer to Chinese-Australian content creator Margaret Zhang for inspiration, who is known for her distinct and edgy style. In another awesome look by Anthea, Margaret was game enough to rock a vibrant red shade on her eyes and lips during her visit to the Philippines. It’s hardly a face everyone would put on in a heartbeat, but as Margaret proved, it's a bold risk that paid off!
In love with dewy, Korean-inspired makeup? If glowing, youthful makeup that looks like it came straight out of a K-Drama is your thing, it is still possible to wear red lips yet still keep things light and fresh. Tricia Gosingtian looks pretty as a picture as she focused on creating a dewy and radiant base, and colored her lips in a cherry hue from a tinted balm. Don’t forget to fill in your straight brows!
Leila Alcasid’s take on the red lip showcases another great hue that would perfectly suit girls with sun-kissed complexions. The singer and actress donned a warmer shade on her lips, similar to a red orange. The blurred, blotted application gives her whole look a more carefree appearance, as opposed to a full-on, perfectly filled lip. Achieve the same effect by filling your lips in as normal, then lightly dabbing on the surface with your ring finger. Be careful not to make any outward smudges. The brown eyeshadow on her lids also accentuates the lip with a soft, smokey look.