This Unexpected Makeup Pairing Is Sweeping Hollywood — & It's So Good

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On paper, it’s a look that sounds more saccharine than sexy: a clash of pink and red makeup worn on lids, cheeks, and lips (yes, all at the same time). But Hollywood is proving otherwise. With stars like Ruth Negga, Lily Collins, and even the Queen Bey turning up in pink eyeshadow, pink blush and bright red lips, the combo is proving to be a real stunner — and a refreshing departure from the typical red lips and black, winged liner pairing we see this time of year.

So why does it work? Bright crimson lips pop against the faintest of pink shadows and blushes, which gives the overall look cohesion. Don’t believe us? Just check out Lily Collins in the look. And if cool pink shades don't flatter your skin, Emma Stone has an solution in warmer shades of rust and mahogany.

Consider it an update on the all-pink makeup trend, a must-try for Valentine’s Day, or a surefire way to zap yourself out of a makeup rut. No matter how you slice it, pink and red have never looked hotter. See why we’re crushing hard on this look, ahead.

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Makeup artist Allan Avendaño accented Lucy Hale's crimson lips with a soft dusting of pink shadow extended to the browbone.
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At the Golden Globes, Lily Collins looked every bit the modern princess with the palest of pink shadow and blush, paired with classic matte red lipstick. Makeup artist Fiona Stiles used Lancôme Le Lipstique Dual Ended Lip Pencil in Natural Mauve on the eyes, along with Lancôme Blush Subtil in Aplum and Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Pink Pearls.

She swiped Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Souvenir on Collins’ lips and topped with a dusting of loose powder to matte it out.
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Janelle Monae's Chanel hair accessories are dope as hell, but somehow the monochromatic makeup (created by makeup artist Jessica P. Smalls) steals the show. Her bright berry lip color? Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor in Vivid Violet.
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Okay, so the pregnancy announcement steals the show. But beneath the green veil, Beyoncé’s makeup is right on trend, with mahogany-toned shadow (to match her bra, of course) and hot orange-red lips.
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To prime Margot Robbie for the Critic’s Choice Awards, makeup artist Pati Dubroff paired bright, pinky-red lips with faint, petal-pink eyes and cheeks.
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How gorgeous is this look on Amanda Seyfried? Her red velvet lipstick and pink-tinged shadow beautifully accents the blush shades in her dress and hair.
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Elle Fanning’s monochrome makeup makes a strong case for wearing shades of red all over. (And it looks especially great against yellow, another unexpected pairing.)
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To create Ruth Negga's bright lips, makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis used Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres In Fuchsia and Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Libéré.
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Emma Stone’s play on the look is perfect for those with warmer skin tones. Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin paired glossy mahogany lips with burnt red shadow.
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For this look created for a DSquared2 runway show, pink draping meets rosebud lips, created with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic layered with Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame.
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Elizabeth Olson’s red lacquer lips are the perfect compliment to her pink dress, shadow and blush, in this makeup look created by Kate Lee
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