Red hot: 4 reasons crimson is this season's fiercest color

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By: The Beauty Experts at L'Oréal Paris

Blue is certainly making its case to be fall's "it" beauty hue -- from cerulean cat eyes to azure nail art, there's no denying that this cool color is having a moment. However, over here at StyleList, we're taking stock in another shade that's dominating the runways and red carpets: red. Sure, the trend toward red isn't exactly new. But on a nude face, a bright, siren-red lip feels ultra-fresh. And auburn hair -- well, it's a power play that instantly ups your beauty game and your overall street-style cred. Read on, and you'll see what we mean:


1. Red nails are hip and old Hollywood glam at once. The proof: Blake Lively. The always-chic actress rocked a crimson manicure on the Cannes red carpet this summer, and since then, the nail hue has been blowing up our Instagram feed and dominating the Fashion Week runways. Plus, with all the accessories that come with crafting killer nail art -- like striping tape and dotting tools -- sometimes it's really refreshing to break out just one bottle of polish.


2. Red hair could be your first step toward your signature look. Maybe you've been dipping your toe into the hair dye pond with, say, peekaboo highlights or a basic ombre, but in order to really make a splash on your next interview, date, blog post ... a dramatic change is a worthy investment. While a haircut can breathe new life into your strands, hair color is the easiest way to transform your tresses. We've seen celebs sporting everything from platinum blonde to vibrant violet, but red is the most universally flattering and iconic of all the bold colors. Take Julianne Moore, for example -- her name is practically synonymous with red hair.

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3. A red gown is eye-catching at any age. Jane Fonda in this beaded number. Period.

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4. Nothing makes a woman feel more confident than a bold red lip. There's just something about red lipstick that makes a girl feel like she can conquer the world. However, there are some tricks to getting it right -- from choosing the right color to finding the perfect balance between your pucker and the rest of your makeup. Case in point: Zoe Saldana. Her subtle cat eye and sun-kissed cheeks are the perfect canvas for a look-at-me red lip. Now, we know what you're thinking: "But her makeup artist selected this fiery shade." And you'd be right. But while you may not have a beauty expert in your entourage, you've got the next best thing -- an image consultant in your iPhone (via the Makeup Genius app).
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