No matter how many new lip products and kaleidoscopic shades hit the market this year, nothing will ever beat the classics. Red lipstick looks were trending at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 5, breathing new life into the classic look that works for all skin tones, at any occasion.
As any makeup aficionado knows, the perfect red lip doesn't just stop at one shade — or one swipe. Actor Priyanka Chopra wore four different products, lining her lips with Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Major Red before blending MatteTrance Lipsticks in Vendetta, Obsessed, and Elson 2. And Awkwafina, who won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for The Farewell, employed a helpful tip that I'll be trying at my next red carpeted event (or, let's be real, my commute to work in the morning): She highlighted the corners of her lips with Lorac's Light Source Mega Beam Highlighter in Celestial for added dimension.
But that's not to say that you need to overcomplicate — or overspend. A simple liner and lipstick combination works just as well: Helen Mirren, a L'Oreal Paris ambassadress, teamed the brand's Age Perfect Anti-Feathering Lipliner in Rich Cranberry with L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Luminous Hydrating Lipstick + Nourishing Serum for a deep cranberry finish.
Ahead, see more red lipstick looks that almost put the actual carpet to shame.
Classic Red Lipstick Look: Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose prepped The Morning Show's star with Armani Beauty Ecstasy Balm before applying Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick in 401 directly on her lips for maximum intensity.
Classic Red Lipstick Look: Helen Mirren
“Helen is wearing the most beautiful Dior Haute Couture cranberry-colored gown, inspiring the [need] for the perfect cranberry lip," Jo Strettell for L’Oréal Paris said in a release. She opted for the new Age Perfect Anti-Feathering Lipliner in Rich Cranberry to prevent feathering, and followed with L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Luminous Hydrating Lipstick + Nourishing Serum in Perfect Burgundy for a rich finish.
Classic Red Lipstick Look: Awkwafina
Pro-tip: After applying Lorac's PRO Satin Lip Color in Currant, makeup artist Kirin Bhatty used a tiny bit of Light Source Mega Beam Highlighter in Celestial on the inner corners of Awkwafina's lips for dimension.
Classic Red Lipstick Look: Kirsten Dunst
For Dunst's bold moment, Mary Wiles used Rogue Dior Ultra Care Liquid in #999 Bloom.
Classic Red Lipstick Look: Naomi Watts
Jillian Dempsey used Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in 512 for Watts' siren-red pout.
Classic Red Lipstick Look: Priyanka Chopra
Mary Phillips used four Pat McGrath Labs products for Chopra's look: Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Major Red for shape, followed with MatteTrance Lipsticks in Vendetta, Obsessed, and Elson 2 for a slight ombré effect.
Classic Red Lipstick Look: Zoë Kravitz
Nina Park for YSL Beauty lined Kravitz's lips with Dessin Des Levres Lip Liner in Prune, then cocktailed Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte in Black Red Code and Red Tribe for a deep, moody finish.