Red lipstick: The most iconic beauty look of all time

Marilyn Monroe, Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese are just a few of the names that you think of when it comes to rocking red lipstick, and with beautiful women like this championing the trend it’s no wonder it’s been named the most iconic beauty look of all time.

Beating smoky eyes and winged eyeliner to the top spot, red lipstick has been hailed the most iconic beauty look of all time, according to a new poll.

The classic red lipstick has been a firm favourite and standout beauty trend for years, so it’s no wonder it’s been voted the number one, what’s more, it’s relatively easy to do, unlike the eye makeup looks which take plenty of practice.

Sarah Gardner, Superdrug Head of Beauty, which conducted the study of 2,000 women said: “Women’s beauty and fashion changes from one day to the next, but as this survey suggests, there are some beauty looks which will go down in history as being the most iconic.

“Makeup trends such as having red lips and smoky eyes will always be ones women fall back on as they suit so many people.”

The Most Iconic Beauty Look

Red lipstick for everyone

The great thing about red lipstick is that it suits practically everyone, you just need to find the right shade for you, and there’s plenty out there.

From MAC Ruby Woo, Chanel Pirate and Charlotte Tilbury’s Red Carpet Red, there’s a shade and a texture to suit your needs.

Gwyneth Paltrow once said, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

Red lips are synonymous with timeless glamour and elegance, Alexa Chung even claims red lipstick is perfect for disguising tiredness or a hangover — a colour pop to detract attention from looking a little worse for wear.

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Finding the right lipstick shade for you

A general rule of thumb to follow when choosing the right lipstick shade for your skin tone is, those ladies with fair skin should lean towards true reds with no orangey tones, while medium-skinned beauties can wear a plethora of shades and look best in pinkish or orangey shades.

Dark-skinned women look great in bold hues, especially darker shades and can embrace purple and wine-coloured hues of red with open arms.

Makeup artist favourite shades of red

Lyndsey Harrrison

Lyndsey Harrison, Celebrity MUA and Lord & Berry expert ambassador has an enviable client list that includes Denise Van Outen, Charlotte Crosby, Ferne McCann and Lydia Bright, she shares some of her favourite shades of red lipsticks.

“The Lord & Berry Absolute Intensity Lipstick in ‘Flame Red’ (£13).  The warm undertones work perfectly to perk up a sallow complexion, especially for day time as its moisturising and the colour is not too intense. My top tip is to keep the rest of the face neutral, bar a bold brow.

“The Lord & Berry Vogue lipstick in ‘Black Red’ (£13) is great for dark skin and puts a huge focus on lips. Its matte texture is super modern and the colour is incredibly intense. Team it with natural eyes and cheeks, you don’t want to look too overdone. A dark red works great for day and night, it says fun and ‘I’m the boss’.  Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in ‘Glastonberry’ is another shade to try (£23).

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Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist and Lancome’s Creative Director, says that wearing a red lip always gives her confidence, some her favourite shades include:

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush – blue-toned reds, like this Tom Ford lipstick, traditionally suit cool skintones, but I also love them on olive or yellow toned skins as they pop out for real wow factor. An added bonus is that blue-y reds make your teeth look amazingly white (another good confidence booster). This one has a lovely creamy texture and a subtle sheen.

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red – one of my favourite drugstore reds, this is a really rich, beautiful shade that dries matte and looks great on darker skintones (but fair skin can wear it too).

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo – this classic matte red shade suits lots and lots of different skintones – it pops on dark skin, looks beautiful on pale skin and brightens yellow skintones (fans of this lipstick might also like to know that MAC recently launched a matching Ruby Woo lip pencil, perfect for creating a really clean shape).

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in 160 Rouge Amour – It’s a slightly pink, erring on neutral, red with a luxe, satiny finish. I apply it with a lip brush, blot and add another coat for extra staying power.

Dior Addict Extreme in Fireworks – this red lipstick has a lightweight texture that’s great for dry lips as matte pigments can often be a bit drying. The sheer finish is perfect for red lip novices, but there’s enough colour to leave a pretty wash of red on lips and provide that important confidence boost

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