Red and Nude Lips That Stole the Runway at ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards

Lipstick inspo from the most gorgeous women at ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

Virginia Lowman Feb, 25, 2016

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Brown lipstick has re-emerged as a beauty staple. Actor and songstress, Kelly Rowland opted for a sultry true-nude brown and defined her lips with a lip pencil that was one shade richer than the lip color.

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If ever there were a perfect coral red, it would be this gorgeous, creamy orange-y red shade that TV personality, Katie Rost rocked on the red carpet. Rost offered a genius way to transition the look from day to night: add a taupe-grey shadow and line your lid with a dark kohl.

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At daytime functions, you want to keep your beauty look light. We love that Tia warmed up her cheeks with a complimentary shade like this matte dusty rose hue. Simple, elegant, chic and so easy to copy.

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Thandie offers a lesson in simplicity. Red lips and flushed cheeks make for the perfect look for any midday soiree.

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Layota Luckett stole the red carpet rocking pink-nude lips with a high shine gloss and glowing skin.

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We are obsessed with this taupe-y brown lip color on Demetria Lucas; it's the perfect compliments to her lush lashes and gorgeous locs.

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Meagan Good always gives good lip. The actress complimented her glowing with a perfect pink-nude lip with peach undertones. To add dimension to your pout, apply a gloss to the center of your lower lip and press them together once to distribute the color.

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Leave it to Deborah J. Winan's to bring the glam. She arrived on the red carpet and proved that clear gloss is still a must have in every beauty arsenal.

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If red lipstick is a no-no for you, then take a tip from Zendaya Coleman and opt to top your lips with a warm coral hue. Define your lips with a complimentary liner and shade the corners for added dimension.

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ESSENCE editor-in-chief Vaness de Luca set the tone for the evening with this balmy auburn red lip. Apply two coats and blot once to mimic the blurred effect.

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Orange is the New Black's Vicky Jeudy arrived to the red carpet in high style sporting gold embellished eyes blush pink lips.

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TV Personality Shaun Robinson kept it matte, literally. If you have a similar shade at home that has a glossy finish, dust some translucent powder over your favorite lip shade to create your perfect matte.

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Mikki Taylor glammed up the red carpet sporting a gorgeous apple red shade. She softened the look by ditching the liner and opting for a diffused edge.

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President of ESSENCE Communications, Michelle Ebanks completed her red carpet look with a perfect pale peach gloss. 

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Infamous producer Suzanne de Passe lit up the red carpet sporting a gorgeous crimson stain.

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Actress Cocoa Brown proves that all nudes are not created equal with this gorgeous hue that is appropriately, the shade of perfect cocoa brown.