Today's beauty icon is not a Hollywood actress or a supermodel. Its celebrity outshines that of any famous face because it is the very thing that transforms a star into a super star and sends stellar their career. We're talking, of course, about the red lipstick. A slick of this timeless beauty classic has created more iconic red carpet moments than any dress designer could ever dream of. Marilyn made it famous but it's the flock of fresh Hollywood beauties who continue to turn to its confidence bosting powers (before a wander down the red carpet) that have given it such iconic status. Here’s our favourite red lipstick on the Oscars red carpet moments…
1) Nicole Kidman: Red Carpet Red Lip
2007 was big year for red lipstick at the Oscars. Nicole Kidman made a statement with a power pout and matching dress. Her pillar box red, matte lip reminded us of the red lip she wore in Moulin Rouge which she apparently insisted on applying herself. We wonder if she did her own touch ups on Oscars night? Mac Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £14, will give you the same high impact look.
2) Michelle Williams: Vintage Chic
At the 2006 Oscars Williams transformed her vintage canary yellow dress into a show-stopping, timeless piece of true Hollywood glamour with a slick of the red stuff. Opting for a satin finish, rich red lipstick with lots of shine, she quickly became the new go-to girl for easy, bohemian glamour. To get her satin finish red lip try Estee Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick in Scarlet Siren, £19.50 or Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Coromandel, £25, and add a slick of balm to freshen the effect.
3) Charlize Theron: A Granny-Chic Glow
2010 Oscars beauty was all about Charlize for us. Red lipstick and a lilac dress should spell disaster (Think Dame Edna) but clearly, did the opposite when cannily teamed together for her walk down the red carpet. As the face of Dior we know she relies on the aptly named Dior Rouge Lipstick in Celebrity Red, £25- the perfect cool red for icy blondes such as Charlize.
4) Scarlett Johansson: Madmen Glamour
Flashback to 2004 when Scarlett Johansson jumped to our attention as the ultimate bombshell. Her retro (Let’s call it madmen meets Dynasty but in a good way) look enjoyed a fresh edge with a softly applied creamy red lipstick. Having just received rave reviews for her role in Sophia Coppola’s Lost In Translation, Scarlett quickly became the new red lip pin up. Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipstick in Iconic, £24, will give you the Johansson lip.
5) Vanessa Paradis: Parisian Chic
Yes finally a brunette! Oh Vanessa how we love you and how sad we are to no longer see you styling up the arm of Johnny. His fashion credentials have seriously dropped in our eyes. In 2010 we lusted after her vampy, Parisian red lip which sat chicly between, centre parted, loose grunge waves which only she could pull off. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Inimitable, £25, is the ruby red she turns to.
OUR BEST RID LIP TIP EVER? LINE YOUR LIPS WITH A NUDE (NOT A RED) LIPLINER TO CREATE A GREAT BASE AND GIVE LIPS A MORE PLUMPED EFFECT.
Check back here on Monday when we'll be bringing you all the best beauty looks from the 2013 Oscar Awards!