Beauty Trendwatch: Deep Red Lips

02/22/2007 at 04:55 PM ET

We’ve been spotting red lips pop up on everyone from Cameron Diaz to Beyonce, but some stars are taking the look one step further with a dark crimson. More dramatic and edgy than the old Hollywood scarlet lips, these dark reds are turning up on the mouths of trendsetters like Kate Winslet, Ashley Olsen and Gwyneth Paltrow. Not for the weak of heart or the imperfect of skin, a color this dark has to be worn carefully — try a nude lip liner underneath to keep it from creeping and a hit of blush to keep you from looking like Elvira is key. Just remember to keep eye makeup to a minimum to amp up the hit of color on your mouth.

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Crystal on

Although I like red lipstick, this super dark color makes them look more like Ronald McDonald the clown me to me.

Christi on

With fair skin I think the crimson color is just so overpowering, that you really don’t notice their beauty.

Christine Charles on

I am split on this trend. A part of me thinks that the color is just a bit to harsh, but in the case of Ashley it really brings out her eyes.


NO IT DOESNT… It looks very classy and regal. It’s a beautiful color that must be worn carefully, and only those who know how to carry it off will look wonderful in it.
I LOVE IT!! A++++++++++++

Tayme on

I love the color on Kate Winslet. I love this color of lipstick, I wear this color a lot, because it’s dark, and I prefer something in more darker tone, than something really bright on my lips. Whereas I think I look funny with just plain red lipstick, because it’s so bright.

shopoholic on

i think this look is unatractive and UGLY!!

diana on

just yuck!

rachel b. on

too dark of a red color for the lips and not at all pretty to the eyes and face.

sarah on

This color can only be pulled off by women with darker complexions.

j on

it’d be hard to pull this off. i don’t think any of the three above quite do…

Heather on

Can we please stop calling things the Olsen twins do a trend? I know this is Ashley and she’s more pulled together, but MK is going to think she’s trendy by association. Does People magazine really want to be responsible for that?

Meg on

Kate’s was too dark and too thick, but I like it on Gwyneth and Ashley. A dark red lip is very sophisticated and grown-up looking. I think it looks best if you soften it a bit with a lighter gloss.

I’m very pale and my favorite product to use to get a bright, crimson lip is Stila’s Lip Rouge in Pucker. I wrote a review on my blog about it, you can read it here:

marianne on


C on

This dark red is so distracting, it’s hard to see anything else but their lips. I don’t care for it.

deb on

Without the right outfit – it just looks like you’ve been punched in the mouth!

Ash on

Such a classic look, but I agree with softening the color with a lighter gloss. Fair skinned ladies absolutely CAN pull this look off – very classy.

Alice on

Do not try if you can’t pull it off! And honestly, other than Kate Winslet, I don’t know who can…It’s really not a trend made for the “average” person. They’d all look very different walking around K-Mart with this make-up on. If you still wanna go for it, I’d recommend Chanel lipstick :) It’s fabulous.

Marissa!!!!! on

I don’t like the deep red lipstick thing because it makes everyone look pale. Even if you are tanned, it would make you look pale!!!!!

Alice on

Oh and also, Ashley is just plain scary.

erica on

I agree with Sarah. I am a Latina with light olive skin and this dark red lipstick looks pretty good on me.
Oh all of them Olsen looks best since she has yellow undertones. And Gwenyth’s is way too matte!!

Lighter complexion girls can still pull of red, if it’s not as dark. Something like the shade Christina Aguillera wears.

me on

I don’t particularly like this bright red lipstick. I don’t think the celebrities above (Kate, Ashley, and Gwyneth) look great in it because they have a light complexion. I think a more neutral color would look better on them. The vibrant color seems to make them look even paler. If it was a softer red, I think that it could look much better on them. I like Kate Winslet’s style, but this color is NOT suited for her I don’t think.

Clair on

Surprisingly, the only one I think the red suits is AShley Olsen. Gwen really needs to invest in a tube of mascara, she looks completely washed out. And I think Kate’s red is too deep, she could definitely pull off a lighter red. I think it’s beautiful, but not not appropriate for every day wear. I don’t know about anyone else, but rarely do I have the occasion to wear a color like that…

philomena on

i hate it it does make them look pale and cheap

Julianne on

I think the red lipstick is not working for all of them, maybe just a little on kate winslet, but the others its looks like a 1.00$ cheap lipstick.

Mel on

I love the ‘Old Hollywood” glamour. Dark red lips and matte skin. What I want to know is where do they find the dark red lipsticks now. I would buy them if I could find them. The department store brands fall short of the dark red color. I don’t bother with the department store lipsticks any longer. I have a golden-bronze skintone.

I watch the TNT channel and all of the old movies. Perfection was the name of the game then.

They say there is a red lipstick for everyone. You have to find your hue. I much prefer red lipstick to the black lipstick trend from the ‘Goth” era.

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