Awards season is a bit like prom for grown-ups. But instead of plastic crowns and awkwardly posed photos, we get to see our favorite actors, musicians, and performers don couture and (occasionally) win some serious recognition. That said, the most exciting part for us will always be found on the red carpet, where the beautiful, the wild, and the glamorous show off the work of some of the most influential hairstylists, makeup artists, and manicurists working today.
While much of what happens on the red carpet can feel intimidating to try at home, one thing anyone can copy is a classic red lip. Luckily, not only is the bold look easy to master and pull off — once you muster the courage and just do it already, that is — it can easily steal the show no matter what you're wearing, even a button-down. To wit: Check out Sharon Stone on slide eight.
To celebrate this universal beauty equalizer, we've rounded up some of the most iconic red lips to ever appear at an awards show. Smoky eyes and HD foundation are mainstays on the red carpet, but it's the red lip that always wins the gold.