12 Ways To Wear A Red Lip, Courtesy Of NYC Cool Girls

Say what you will about nude and pink, but the most transformative lipstick color will always be red. It may take time to find your perfect shade and finish — be it a faded cherry balm or a merlot liquid lipstick — but when you do, it becomes your secret weapon for date night, Monday morning meetings, and everything in-between.

To inspire even more ways to wear the classic color, we've put together the most approachable style guide, courtesy of New York Fashion Week. During this season, the red lip (with a manicure to match) was the top trend amongst the fashion set.

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Scroll ahead for the best street style from NYFW 2020, plus top-rated red lipsticks to cop the look, if you feel so inspired.

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Name a more timeless beauty combo than a polished pixie with a red lip.
MAC Cosmetics MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick$19.00 Buy
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According to the fashion crowd, matching your accessories to your lips is always a good idea.
Chanel Extreme Intense Matte Lip Colour$38.00 Buy
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Start with no-makeup makeup, then add a sheer red lip for a chic (and fast!) rendition of the look.
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Is Everything Lipstick$8.49 Buy
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Kaia Gerber took her red lip straight off the Longchamp F/W 2020 runway to the streets of NYC.
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink City Edition Liquid Lipstick$9.49 Buy
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Pro tip: Mix neutral clothing and a leopard print accessory with the perfect bright red.
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil$27.00 Buy
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This moody red has a cool raspberry undertone that keeps it from feeling overly bright.
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick$34.00 Buy
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There's something about winter brights — like white sunglasses and a matte red lip — that feel fresh in a sea of black and navy.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick$39.00 Buy
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Found: Hair, makeup, and accessory inspiration for the next rainy day.
The Lip Bar The Lip Bar Vegan Liquid Matte In Bawse Lady 0.24oz$12.99 Buy
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A soft, pinky red — whether a pigmented gloss or lipstick — tends to look even better after a few hours of wear.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte$38.00 $28.50 Buy
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When you're covered by fashion — like a hat, oversized sunglasses, or both — a red lip adds instant polish.
Winky Lux Steal My Heart Lipstick - Kiss Me$16.00 Buy
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There's something undeniably hip about a shiny red lip.
Kosas Phoenix$28.00 Buy
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Temper a trendy feathered bang with a classic red lip for an eternally-cool look.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick$38.00 Buy
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