Taylor Swift: I Wear Red Lipstick Because 'I Think My Face Looks Worse Without It'

05/21/2014 at 07:38 PM ET

Even a casual Taylor Swift observer knows that there’s no style statement that the singer loves more than a great red lip. In fact, it doesn’t surprise us to find out (via the video below) that she usually chooses her outfit based on her red lipstick of the day. So when we got to chat with Swift at a Glendale, Calif. event to celebrate Keds-wearing style icons (as well as Swift’s own collection for the line) we had to ask: How many red lipsticks does she actually have?

Taylor Swift Keds styleCharley Gallay/Getty

“I don’t have an excessive amount! I just find one I like and use it,” she tells PEOPLE. “Right now [I’m using] Dragon Girl by NARS … I’ll go through different phases with makeup and always try new things. Except I never really get too far from red lipstick, do I? I guess I just think my face looks worse without it. That’s pretty much the only rationale behind it.”

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We also asked about her affinity for high-heeled Oxfords (she swears she doesn’t have as many as we think!) and she explained that she likes the normality of the style in an industry that’s all about the six-inch stiletto. “I really like an oxford high heel for kind of looking more like either a student or like you’re going to work,” she says, laughing. “I don’t know, there’s something [that gives me some normality]. That’s what I kind of like to channel when I’m wearing them.”

Swift spoke to Teen Vogue editor Andrew Bevan about her own style at the Keds Style Icons event at the Nordstrom at The Americana at Brand (below) and she tells PEOPLE that she’s confident enough in her own style — and so are her many star BFFs — that she rarely shares clothes. “The one common thread between [my friends] is they know who they are and they’re very sure of who they are,” she says. “We don’t usually have the same style. If they see me wearing something, they know it’s because that’s something that represents me and they’ll wear something very different … It doesn’t really affect the conversation, what we’re wearing.”

What do you think of Swift’s style signatures? Do you and your BFFs dress alike? Tell us in the comments!

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Melody Chiu

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Dee on

She looks good with the red lipstick, but I saw a picture of her here on this site with a pulled back hair style, cat eye makeup, and a nude lip.
She looked wonderful. It was a really elegant look on her.

teefey on

it’s her teeth. something about her face and huge teeth is why she wears it.

Ava on

I think her face looks beautiful with and without any make up at all:) Dear Tay, your face could never look bad, you’re super flawless

April on

So pretty!

Quito on

Women should wear whatever colors they want if it makes them feel good about themselves, but it has been my experience that the vast majority of men REALLY dislike red lipstck on women. I wonder why that is…

valerie on

i love Taylor and her music and agree that she looks great with or without makeup. I don’t wear much makeup myself but do occasionally wear a raspberry lipgloss to give my pale skin a little color and usually receive a few compliments…its nice to have people tell me they think i look pretty. Keep up the good work Taylor!

ree on

I think she looks great in nude or pink lips too, I think she should switch it up more often, sometimes the red ages her a little. I think she’s pretty in whatever she has (or doesn’t have) on her face anyway.

egni knov on

Does not improve anything can’t stand the twit,
Her singing is annoying.

egni knov on

I hate how she dances in front of everyone during award shows she looks like a fool when she does that.

teamgraceopinion on

@Quito It is because red lipstick is stereotypically very dirty and gets everywhere. Modern lipstick is better at not smearing but the stereotype remains.

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