Beauty

13 Memorable Red Lipstick Moments In Movie History

A timeless lip color.

Of all the lipstick shades any beauty can own, one shade reigns supreme: a bold, rich red. Red lipstick forever conveys power and beauty. In movies it’s an even more useful tool, instantly demanding and commanding attention of the audience, often sharing the message of who is in control of the scene. Both onscreen and off, red lipstick can say so much without speaking a word.

Tap through for 13 memorable movie moments featuring a powerful red lip.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Marylin Monroe and Jane Russell were known for wearing signature red lipstick—especially in this scene as Lorelei and Dorothy in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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Carmen Jones (1954)

Dorothy Dandridge effortlessly gives vixen vibes wearing this orange hued red lipstick in her role as Carmen.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

From the first sequence where disembodied lips sing the opening song to Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s own makeup, this is a red lipstick movie.

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Pretty Woman (1990)

Julia Robert’s laugh when Richard Gere closes the jewelry box on her hand is iconic, but so is this coordinated red dress and red lip look.

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The Addams Family (1991)

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams is the ultimate example of the goth girl red lip.

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Batman Returns (1992)

A bold red lip is the, ahem, purrrfect accent to Michelle Pfeiffer’s sultry Catwoman.

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Selena (1997)

Jennifer Lopez nailed the role of Selena in the 1997 biopic—and wore the singer’s signature red lipstick for most of the film.

The Aviator (2004)

Gwen Stefani is known for wearing red lipstick herself, but she also looks perfect portraying another red lipstick icon Jean Harlow in The Aviator.

Mirror Mirror (2012)

Lily Collins is truly “the fairest one of them all” as Snow White with her porcelain complexion and dark red lips.

Black Panther (2018)

Lupita Nyong’o 2018 seriously kicks ass as the beautiful warrior, Nakia— and still never messes up her lipstick.

Ocean’s 8 (2018)

Singer, actress and beauty mogul, Rihanna is breathtaking in this red lip and dress combo from the crime comedy.

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Of course Wonder Woman (as portrayed by Gal Gadot) knows how the channel the power of a red lip.

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Cruella (2021)

Cruella might be known as its own NARS lipstick shade, but in the 2021 movie, Emma Thompson beautifully wear’s a classic red as the movie’s villain.