Beauty Cues: Amanda Seyfried Spikes This Classic Red Lip Look

With her fair hair and icy complexion, there’s no doubt in my mind that Amanda Seyfried can pull off just about any makeup look. The “Les Misérables” actress killed it at Paris Fashion Week earlier in the month wearing the season’s perfectly on-trend plum lipstick, but she brightened things up for the Hollywood Film Awards Gala this week in a vivid poppy shade. I love this look ― it’s very old Hollywood with a punchy, youthful twist, and it’s a surefire way to keep spirits aloft in even the greyest, most dismal fall weather. Better still, it’s day-to-night versatile; it makes a serious statement for the 9-to-5 then transforms into pure glamour when the sun goes down, and you don’t even have to do anything. So what are you waiting for?

  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl: As its name may have already lead you to surmise, this bold, pink-leaning red shade is not for the faint of makeup heart. However, its creamy, indelible formula and easy-to-use pencil shape can make even the most amateur of red lipstick-wearers look like a seasoned pro. You may want to carry a pen, because people will ask you what it is you’re wearing.
  • Laura Mercier Eye Colour in Plum Smoke: A silky matte shadow in just-slightly-purpled grey gives this look its dusky, contoured quality. Sweep a layer of the color over lids using a domed crease brush and blend outward for a puff of smoke that won’t overwhelm the contrasting bold lip. Follow with a dusting on the lower lash line using a smaller, more precise brush, and finish with black liquid liner and light mascara on both upper and lower lashes.