There seems to be a big difference between what a woman feels is sexy and what a man finds sexy. Just as many women swear that UGG boots are the best thing that have ever happened to feet, many men think they make women look frumpy and Sherpa-esque. While this seems like an obvious divide, there are other things that aren’t as obvious.
When the high-waist jean fad came into effect, women flocked to the stores to try and get this new retro chic look that was perfect for hiding a bit of extra belly fat. However, many men thought this was a super unattractive way to wear pants. When Jessica Simpson first donned these jeans on stage, she became highly criticized for her “Mom jeans.” Yet, this isn’t the only thing women flock to that men don’t always find attractive.
Red lipstick is one of those things that women seem drawn to, when trying to pull off a glamorous look. Countless magazine articles are geared towards helping women find just the right red shade to complement their complexion, and help them to stand out from the crowd. Men don’t always find red lipstick appealing on women, whether it’s the mess factor of smeared lipstick or the fact that most men aren’t big into women wearing a lot of makeup.
Throwing caution to the wind, there are some celebrities that don’t care what the stigma is behind red lipstick. Donning it both on and off the red carpet, there are those that know just the right way to create that glamorous look. Check out our list of 15 celebrity hotties that rock red lipstick, and see how appealing this makeup feature can be.
15. Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood has acted in both television and film, but has always geared towards the dark side when it comes to the roles she picks. From American Gothic to True Blood, she has never shied away from taking the more intense roles that create standout characters. The same can be said about her persona off-screen, since she was romantically linked to Marilyn Manson in a controversial relationship that had tabloids talking. So, with her unconventional style, it’s no surprise that she would gear towards a standout makeup feature like ruby red lipstick. Perfect for her vampire character on True Blood, as well as her ultra glamorous red carpet look. Evan Rachel Wood shows that she definitely isn’t the wallflower that tamps down her look.
14. Amy Adams
Amy Adams is an actress that has proven her skills in film, since she has played a wide range of characters. From the frumpy friend in Her to the glittering seductress in American Hustle, she isn’t an actress that can be penned up into one specific category. However, it’s her off-screen look that creates the most intrigue. Often seen on the red carpet and awards shows with an ultra glamorous and sophisticated look, her choice in red lipstick offers a perfect pairing with her sparkling blue eyes and porcelain skin. While others can look contrived and made-up, Amy Adams shows a look of nostalgia goes a long way with this Hollywood beauty.
13. Jessica Chastain
Academy award nominated actress Jessica Chastain has been able to play roles in almost every category of film. From the quirky and sweet-natured socialite in The Help to the take-charge badass in Zero Dark Thirty, she isn’t afraid to immerse herself into whatever role she plays. With the uncanny ability to make audiences believe her character no matter what role she’s in, Jessica Chastain has proven her lasting ability in Hollywood. However, it’s her role off camera that has people wondering when she will be cast as the glamorous leading lady she is when she’s walking the red carpet. A red-haired beauty that knows how to rock some red lips, Chastain is a favorite for being able to flaunt her appearance without having it become a hindrance from being taken seriously as an actress.
When Adele first appeared on the music scene, she wasn’t like any other artist in the industry. While other artists were focused on being different through meat dresses and over-the-top costumes, Adele was a standout just by being herself. Her vocals spoke volumes that have gained awards and accolades throughout her career. Just as her voice speaks for itself, so does her signature look. Embracing her natural curves and embodying the retro chic style, it’s the mix of the cat-eye and red lips that people love from Adele. While she doesn’t need any help drawing attention to her mouth, her pouty lips and amazing vocal ability are just further enhanced by the dark tone.
11. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba first started her career starring in films that portrayed her as a ultra sexy starlet with a bangin’ body. Films like Honey, Into the Blue and Sin City weren’t shy about taking advantage of her stunning good looks and extra-toned physique. Even her role as the Invisible Girl in the Fantastic Four film series made sure to pop in a few shots with Alba in lingerie. Once she became married and had children, her life started to focus less on her film career and more on being the champion for the Honest Company. Focusing on chemical-free children’s products, Alba stunned everyone when she built Honest into a $1 billion company. However, she has proven she still exudes the sex appeal of her early days, regardless of her new “Super Mom” title. Donning stunning red lips with a chic and short hairstyle, she shows that moms can be sexy too.
10. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift may have started her career as a budding singer/songwriter in country music, but she has since grown up in front of the public eye. Gone are the days of the fresh-faced look with the long flowing curls- she now focuses more on Pop music and goes more for glamour on the red carpet. Music videos in her early career showed her as a high school student that had more of a wallflower style, but things have definitely changed for this multi-million dollar music artist. In her most recent “Wildest Dreams” video, she is seen as a full-on movie star, and the lyrics refer to the look she often dons on the red carpet. “Red lips and rosy cheeks” seem to be a staple to her regular look, and fans have responded well to this brand new, grown-up Taylor Swift.
9. Christina Ricci
While there are a number of child actresses that have grown up to become full-on film actresses, not all of them have maintained their child-like beauty like Christina Ricci. When she was first introduced to audiences through her Wednesday character on The Addams Family film series, she was the perfect embodiment of the character. While the ’60s television series definitely set the bar high, Christina Ricci proved that it wasn’t just Morticia and Uncle Fester that were the breakout characters from the film series. Since starring in kid roles, she played in a number of films that proved she had the acting skills required in a Hollywood star. Her role in Monster was critically-acclaimed and her stint on Pan Am proved that she could nail a period piece with ease. While she’s maintained her youthful looks, pairing it with red lips shows how this winning combination can create the perfect Hollywood look.
8. Selena Gomez
Starting off as a Disney kid, it can be a little difficult for artists to shed their little girl stigma without losing the fans that got them to the top. While some go the route of Miley Cyrus and use shock and awe tactics, others try a more subtle transition. Selena Gomez never actually had a breakout moment where people started to see her in a different light. Instead, she gradually became more and more glamorous with each new appearance and stage performance. Nowadays, she can be seen in her latest music video, “Hands To Myself” traipsing around in a bra and underwear, and no one seems to bat an eye. While she can definitely pull off a natural look, the dark hair and baby face is the perfect backdrop for when she chooses to amp it up with sexy red lips.
7. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is an actress that didn’t just emerge onto the Hollywood scene, but exploded onto it. Starring in back-to-back blockbuster films like The Hunger Games film series and American Hustle, she became an Oscar winning actress for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. For an actress that has received so much film success, the public has fallen in love with the fact that she still seems like a regular person rather than the mega film star she has turned out to be.
Just because her quirky personality makes her seem more down-to-Earth, that doesn’t mean she has any less glam appeal than other Hollywood starlets. As a spokeswoman for Dior and a favorite on the red carpet, she has a look that matches her title as a Hollywood starlet. Her new blonde and sleek hairstyle helps to bring out her porcelain skin, and the red lips offer the perfect amount of color to create a truly stunning look.
6. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani has always been a fan of red lipstick, ever since her days in the ska band, No Doubt. While she started her career as a music artist, she has since branched out to become more than just a stage presence. As a favorite judge on NBC’s The Voice she has been able to introduce herself to a whole new batch of fans and a younger audience. While her look has evolved a bit to include more of a range, she has held onto the main theme that has given her the signature look she’s known for. The red lips and platinum blonde hair give her the look of glamour that has become expected of our favorite No Doubt star, and shows that she still has it both on and off the stage.
5. Rita Ora
Rita Ora became a celebrity figure before her music was ever even recognized on the radio. Romantically linked to a number of celebrity men, not all of her relationships ended with her looking the best. Rob Kardashian famously made some comments about her sexual scandals, and the latest album by Beyonce had people speculating that Rita might be “Becky with the good hair.” Regardless of what you might think of Rita Ora, her beauty is undeniable. The blonde hair mixed with the cherry red lips have become the signature look she is most recognized by, and has become a staple for her look as a judge on X Factor.
4. Emma Stone
Emma Stone is an actress that has the unique ability to look good no matter what hair color she dons. While Kim Kardashian was slammed for her look as a blonde, Emma Stone switches between blonde, brunette, and red hair with ease. Whether it’s her blonde look in The Amazing Spider-Man film series or her brunette tone in Easy A, she can pull off any look and make it seem like it’s her natural color. However, it was her auburn-colored hair in Gangster Squad that truly showed off her glamorous appeal. From the nostalgic hair to the red lips, Emma Stone perfectly embodied the 1940’s look that the film depicted. Proving she can pull off red lips in more than just a period drama, she wore the same ruby red color when she performed in the “Lip Sync Battle” with Jimmy Fallon. With Fallon saying, “that was the best one that’s ever been done on the show,” Emma proved that red lips can’t take away from her ability to be hilariously funny.
3. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is a celebrity that has an ultra polarizing effect on the public. While some praise her for the ability to raise the celebrity ladder on her own, others feel that she’s exploited her sexuality in a way that cheapens what it means to be a celebrity in today’s era. Regardless of what you might think of her, the fact is that she’s made the most out of her 15 minutes of fame and has branched out to include success in everything from clothing to apps. Never shying away from the enhancements makeup can create, she has become the epitome of contouring and highlighting tricks for makeup users. Creating a more chiseled look in her facial features, the red lipstick just help to make the lips stand out and glamorize her over-the-top look.
2. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is an actress that can sometimes become stifled by her stunning good looks. While they can certainly come in handy in films where she plays an ultra sexy spy, it poses more of a challenge when she’s supposed to be playing a character a bit more ordinary. However, it definitely doesn’t hurt her when she’s walking on the red carpet on the arm of heartthrob, Brad Pitt. Her lips are one of her biggest features (pun-intended), and are only made more fabulous by a tube of red lipstick. Since the red carpet is the one time when celebrities don’t have to tamp down their natural assets, she definitely doesn’t put this time to waste and makes her red lips part of her signature look.
1. Megan Fox
It doesn’t get any more glamorous than Megan Fox. Often used as the “token” sexy girl for male-driven films like Transformers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film series, there isn’t much she can do to tamp down her sultry look. Even when photographed running errands by the paparazzi, there aren’t any photos that make the public see a different side of Megan Fox than the stunning beauty she is on the red carpet. Even after two pregnancies and a tumultuous marriage to Brian Austin Green, she has been able to maintain her sultry glam. Often donning ruby red lips, she is a celebrity that can make a fan out of any red lip skeptic.