The New Lady in Red: Fresh Ways to Wear a Crimson Lip

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Vibrant and universally flattering, red is the most iconic of lip colours. For autumn/winter 2019, the red lip emerged as a bold beauty trend to easily get on board with. The runway saw shades with varying degrees of intensity offset against almost bare skin, or fierce winged liner, as seen at Louis Vuitton.

Velvety red lips with a matte finish were spotted at Paco Rabanne and Helmut Lang, whilst rich garnet hues were prominent at Chalayan and Matty Bovan (where deep shades outlined a coral bottom lip). Make-up artists revealed a plethora of creative ways to reinvent the classic red lip.


Can’t decide what red route to go down? Follow make-up artist Miranda Joyce’s dual take on the trend and trial a two-toned lip, à la Matty Bovan. Use a deep berry shade on the lip line, then fill in with a red hot hue, topped off with a coat of MAC’s classic Lipglass.

1. Matte Maverick

Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in El Cinco De Mayo, HUDA BEAUTY at SEPHORA

2. High Shine 

Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine in Red the News, BOBBI BROWN at NET-A-PORTER

3. Currant Craze 

Lipstick in Mise à Mort, SERGE LUTENS at NAMSHI

4. Hot Topic

Hot Lips 2 Lipstick in Patsy Red, CHARLOTTE TILBURY at CULT BEAUTY

5. Scarlet Woman 

Lip Lacquer Luxe Vinyl in Intimidate, TOM FORD BEAUTY