Kerry Washington channels Hollywood glamour with her classic red lipstick

Kerry Washington just wore a timelessly bold ruby-red lip and now we’re taking cues...

Kerry Washington wears a red lipstick
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While the minimalist makeup look has been in full force over the last few years, Kerry Washington’s bold lip proves that sometimes a pop of colour goes a long way…

We think many would agree that lipstick is a staple product in our makeup routine, and let’s be honest, we’re always on the hunt to find the best long-lasting lipstick that won’t budge throughout the day. But, as far as recent beauty trends go, it seems the classic red lip has been put on the back burner and replaced with go-to nude shades. However, Kerry Washington’s recent statement choice has inspired us to grab our best red lipstick out of retirement and deservingly add it back into our daily makeup circuit.

So, if you’re tired of the pared-back, low-maintenance beauty trends, from tinted moisturisers to using soft neutral tones, here’s how to recreate the age-old, celebrity-approved bold lip.

Why we're loving Kerry Washington's signature red lip

Although beauty trends come and go, red lipstick is undoubtedly a timeless makeup bag essential and it's not disappearing anytime soon. From fuchsia pink to peachy orange undertones, this confidence-oozing shade arrives in several hues that are ideal for instantly brightening your complexion.

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Sharing a post to Instagram (on May 20th, 2024) celebrating her co-star’s birthday, the actress’ red lace number was stunning enough to grab our attention but it was her choice of lipstick that stole the show. Paying homage to old Hollywood glamour, the 1920s-esque shade complemented both her blushed complexion and outfit of choice, all while showcasing how a colourful lipstick can seamlessly take you from day-to-night.

So, now we know the key to elevating our makeup, the question is how do we recreate the look for ourselves?

How to achieve Kerry Washington's red lip look

Whether you’re a red lipstick lover, or you’re looking to brave a pop of colour, this look is easy to recreate at home. The first, and most important, step is finding the product and shade that works for you. Orange-based reds work great for those with warmer undertones, whilst those with cooler-toned complexions would benefit from a red with blue undertones.

It’s also important to invest in a lip liner that will help you to precisely outline your lips, before completing with a lipstick of your preferred finish, from matte and satin finishes to sheer and glossy (our personal favourite) - the choice is yours.

Sennen Prickett
Digital Beauty Writer

Sennen is Digital Beauty Writer at woman&home, where she shares the latest beauty buys and trending products from makeup and hair to skincare and nails. Previously, Sennen worked as a Junior Digital Editor at FROW Magazine, where she wrote about the latest fashion and beauty news, trends and viral must-have products to shop, and reviewing a lineup of beauty products. She has since worked with numerous brands including Who What Wear UK, HuffPost UK and Harvey Nichols. When she’s not writing about all things beauty, Sennen spends her spare time watching the latest Netflix series, doing lots of online shopping and walking her dog.