The wearable red lip

By Amy Lawrenson

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Red was the colour du jour for lips this weekend as Gwen Stefani (natch), Rachel McAdams and Gemma Arterton were spied with the classic look.

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Party season may be behind us, but a red lip is just the thing for pepping up your work or off-duty look on a dreary January morning. While Rachel paired her bold lip with a red dress at the premiere of Morning Glory, Gwen and Gemma wore theirs with mannish tailoring for a smart off-duty look.

A sharp red lip (applied perfectly with a lip brush) can look professional, give you an air of confidence, and an edge to your working wardrobe; just be sure to keep the rest of your make-up to a minimum – foundation, concealer and mascara is all that’s needed. Alternatively, use your fingers to dab a red lippie from bullet to pout for a softer, yet still vibrant, look - pair with jeans and a cosy knit and a red lip will work just as well on Sunday as it will in the boardroom come Monday.

ELLE loves Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Diva Red, £6.29 at Boots and Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red, £17.50

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