Simple Styling Trick to Try: Punch Up a Plain Outfit With Red Lipstick

Simple Styling Trick to Try: Punch Up a Plain Outfit With Red Lipstick(Source:, Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America, Kh/Bauer Griffin)

We've already established that absolutely anyone can wear red lipstick—it's all down to figuring out exactly which shade is perfect for your complexion—so hopefully by now you know that it shouldn't be reserved for celebrities on the red carpet or Saturday date night. It works on a regular Thursday afternoon, too.

Actress Ali Larter painted her pout crimson and effectively elevated a vintage denim skirt, long-sleeved tee and heels, and Shailene Woodley went the same route to dress up leggings and creepers. Then there's Gwen Stefani—essentially the celebrity spokeswoman for red lipstick—who jazzed up a Burberry trench coat and Converse sneakers combo with a rich red lippie.

The lesson to be learned here: Never leave home without a tube in your purse or pocket. Whether you're strolling around town in sneakers, leaving Pilates class in flip-flops, or even picking up the kids from school in combat boots, your outfit doesn't have to be "dressy" to be red-lipstick worthy—it's the ultimate insta-accessory that adds that certain wow factor to every look anyway.

Ali Larter heads to lunch in West Hollywood.Actress Shailene Woodley attends the 'White Bird In A Blizzard' premiere during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 20, 2014 in Park City, Utah.Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale take their sons Zuma and Kingston out for the day to Talacre's Play Centre in Camden.