Great Beauty: Red Lips

Great Beauty: Red Lips
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 02, 2011

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Red lips are having a moment! Here, celebs rock both last season’s pale pastel lip and the new, super-sexy scarlet pucker. Let us know which you like best in the comments section.

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Black Opal True Color Lipstick in Rich Red ($7.25, is a creamy, retro chic shade that lasts up to eight hours without smearing or bleeding.

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Sanaa Lathan goes for the bold in creamy crimson lips, and works the natural look in pale pink.

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Selita Ebanks goes from nude lips to a matte, red-orange pucker.

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A cult classic among beauty junkies, MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($14.50, is a matte scarlet shade that looks gorgeous on virtually every skin tone under the sun.

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Which do you think looks better with Keri Hilson’s platinum hair—toffee pink or cherry red gloss?

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Jennifer Hudson hits the red carpet in both crimson lips and glossy nude lips—which is more flattering?

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Smashbox DoubleTake Lip Color in Cranberry ($22, is a double-sided wand that comes with a lip pencil and a creamy lip crayon…each in a universally flattering crimson hue.

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Kelly Rowland amps up her red lips with heavy black liquid liner, but pairs her nude lips with just mascara and a little blush. Either way, she looks flawless!

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Rashida Jones goes for bold red lips in the winter and a paler pink in the summer, when her skin is a bit more tan.

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Lush, bold, and sexy, Nars Lipstick in First Bite ($24, is the perfect red lipstick for brown skin.

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Whether she’s sporting cranberry red lipstick or pale peach gloss, Tracee Ellis Ross is always a beauty icon.

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Zoe Saldana switches up her red carpet style from glossy neutral lips to a show-stopping scarlet pucker.

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Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red ($5.94, leaves lips feeling velvet-soft and moisturized.