While many beauty trends may come and go (bye-bye harsh contouring, hello color-blocked makeup), only a few looks have truly stood the test of time. The classic red lip never fails, and it鈥檚 become such an iconic part of the beauty world that celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift and Dita Von Teese have waxed poetic about its mood-boosting and outfit-making properties. But if a red lip isn鈥檛 part of your everyday repertoire, it might be hard to nail down exactly which outfits to rock it with. Trust us 鈥 this bold lippie isn鈥檛 reserved for formal occasions. You can rock it all day, every day when you pair it with the right style. We鈥檝e put together a few fashion formulas with a little inspiration from the industry鈥檚 biggest players. These looks-to-swear-by range from cool and casual to full-on formal, so you can rock a cherry-hued lip with total confidence no matter what the occasion.


From electric fuchsia to the classic red, there鈥檚 no lip color that Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie has not donned. She鈥檚 a self-professed 鈥渓azy-chic鈥 style blogger, so who better to turn to for a laid-back take on the bright red lip? Plus, she鈥檚 rockin鈥 a cherry-colored pout in her Instagram profile pic, so she鈥檚 basically an expert at this whole red lip thing.


1. Express Fitted Bomber Jacket ($98): From embroidered satin to quilted styles, there are so many takes on the bomber jacket this season. However, the most unexpected option also happens to be the most classic: the denim bomber jacket that looks unabashedly cool. We suggest sizing up for a slightly oversized fit.


2. BDG Twig Ripped High-Rise Skinny Jean ($69): Every gal needs a pair of ride-or-die black skinnies in her closet. We鈥檙e talking a goes-with-everything, always-looks-amazing pair of denim that adds instant cool to any look. This pair from Urban Outfitters is all that and more.


3. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick Kate Moss Collection in Red ($5): The woman, the myth, the legend Kate Moss knows the power of a great red lipstick. This lippie is the perfect way to channel her effortless edge (it was designed for her, after all) and pull the whole look together. With a lasting power of up to eight hours, this fire engine red can perk up your day and your outfit too.


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Model Jeanne Damas isn鈥檛 just an It girl; she鈥檚 the It girl. Her red lip is French-girl goals, just like her wispy middle-parted bangs. But what makes her red lip stand out from the rest, you might ask? One glance at the gorgeous snap above and you鈥檒l see why. It鈥檚 her lived-in, slightly stained application that we just can鈥檛 get over.


4. LOFT Ladder Lace Tunic ($60): Your rosy pout will pop against any white shirt, but when it comes to this style staple, our motto is 鈥渢ake it easy.鈥 We love white shirts that are loose, oh-so easy and read more brunch than boardroom. Tuck this flowy popover into a pair of great jeans on the weekend or transition it into an office-appropriate look with colorful trousers and block heels.


5. Madewell Cali Demi-Boot Jeans ($128): This wash is crisp, clean and totally classic. Not to mention, we鈥檙e still *loving* the ankle flare trend. Pair these jeans with slip-on mules, cute clogs or sock boots for an understated yet totally fashion-forward look that is definitely French girl-approved.


6. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren ($8): This lip color is a steal for just around eight bucks, so if you鈥檙e looking for a sweet little pick-me-up, skip the Starbucks line and head to the drugstore for this instead. Creamy, decadent texture with high-powered pigment at a budget-friendly price? Um, yes, we鈥檒l take one in every color, please. We suggest stashing one of these in your purse as an emergency mood-booster.


Blaire Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific is the reigning queen of the red lip. She鈥檚 made a siren-red lip part of her signature since day one (along with a bold pair of sunnies). Blaire鈥檚 style is colorful with a heavy dose of whimsy 鈥 in short, it鈥檚 total double-click bait. Her Instagram proves you can rock a red lip with contrasting shades 鈥 in fact, the more color, the better. Case in point, the #ootd above.


7. Mango Cocoon Wool-Blend Coat ($80): Say yes to sorbet hues this fall and winter! We love that this coral is just a few shades shy of the fuchsia J.Crew sweater featured below, so you鈥檒l get a nice contrast when you pair them together. Oh, and *love* the drapey collar and slightly exaggerated sleeve details.


8. J.Crew Tippi Sweater ($80): Knock, knock, winter whites, cream and beiges 鈥 it鈥檚 neon pink at the door ready to shake things up. There鈥檚 nothing like a splash of hot pink to brighten those dull and cloudy fall-to-winter days. We can鈥檛 help but smile when we look at this hue. Try it with your favorite denim and bold ballet flats.


9. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso ($24): This true red has been Blaire Eadie鈥檚 go-to shade for years now. It has a rich depth to it that skews a bit on the darker side. The liquid formula is lock-tight once it dries, and lasts through second and even third cups of coffee.


Red with a side of red, please! Fashion blogger Rachel Parcell (behind the unapologetically girly blog Pink Peonies) knows the power of a highly pigmented red lipstick. Her dressy ensemble above is made even better with a swipe of Bordeaux.


10. ASOS Premium Lace Insert Full Midi Dress ($89): Pairing red with red is a must in our book, and in Rachel Parcell鈥檚 too. There鈥檚 something about the combination that is just the right amount of daring but never over-the-top. We鈥檙e loving this lacy frock for a cocktail-attire-required event.


11. Steve Madden Stecy Sandal ($80): When these go-to sandals hit the shelves, they instantly sell out 鈥 and it鈥檚 so easy to see why. The skinny heel and the barely-there straps make it a no-brainer for all of your formal ensembles. Best of all, this shade of beige goes with LITERALLY everything.


12. Lime Crime Velvetine Lip Color in Wicked ($20): This lip color broke the internet when it first launched, and for good reason 鈥 it delivers sumptuous and saturated color that dries matte 鈥 like, really matte. We can鈥檛 help but fall for this deep merlot shade, especially when we want just a little drama in our lives.


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Alexa Chung (model, actress, profesh brand-collaborator) is without a doubt London鈥檚 go-to source for all things fashion and beauty. She rocks a red lip like it鈥檚 her job, mixing in tomboy style so it never feels fussy or stuffy. Even at a black tie affair, she still manages to pull off that effortless 鈥oh, this old thing?鈥 vibe.


13. Sachin & Babi Statuesque Dress ($75 rental via Rent the Runway): There鈥檚 something about a red lip and a gold gown that is so glamorous. It鈥檚 the perfect little nod to the Old Hollywood era (think Elizabeth Taylor and Veronica Lake). Make the whole look more modern by skipping the soft curls and opting for slightly tousled hair with a little wave in it, a la Alexa Chung.


14. Steve Madden Slithur Sandal ($110): This shoe with a red lip? *Swoon* A caged sandal adds just the right amount of unexpected edge to a full-skirted formal look. When you鈥檙e not gettin鈥 your Cinderella on at a black tie affair, these heels add a little rock and roll to any going-out outfit.


15. NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red ($28): This shade is described as a 鈥渂right red from the 1950s silver screen鈥 鈥 honestly, what could be more perfect than that? It pops with undertones that strike the right balance between coral and pink, plus it delivers a velvety finish. Slick it on straight from the tube for a high-impact hue, or dab it at the center of your lips and blend in with your fingertips for a slightly stained look instead.

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