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Who says red lipsticks are out? Check out these K stars who totally rocked the look!

Red lipsticks are not only timeless, but they also highlight an important movement for women. In the early 20th century, girls who chose to have red lips were regarded as daring, mysterious, and frightening. 

The symbolism stemmed from the Suffragettes movement. This movement believed that campaigning for votes for middle-class, property-owning women is correlated with beauty. As women fought for their rights, red lipstick became an important part of their uniforms; for them, red lipsticks exuded dauntlessness, power, and strength.

Today, red lipsticks are still considered beauty staples; they can make the wearer look more attractive by adding plumpness and colour to any pale lips. If you're wondering how to rock this look, consider taking inspiration from these K stars!

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Song Hye-kyo

In many of her dramas, actress Song Hye-kyo is often spotted with an au naturel look. That is why it is impossible for fans to miss some of the times she wore something bold: a Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick in red. 

The Descendants of the Sun star was the brand's ambassador for 10 years. In 2018, she moved to Sulwhasoo, which also falls under AmorePacific, the parent company of Laneige.

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Kim Go-eun

People always have their eyes set on Kim Go-eun, the star that lets her lips speak even when they’re closed. In the photo above, the actress wore bright red lipstick that perfectly matched her soft eye makeup. 

See also: Kim Go-eun Fashion: 10 Ways The K Drama Star Proved She's A Style Icon

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Han So-hee

In the recently-concluded hit K-drama Nevertheless, Han So-hee, who played the role of Yu Na-bi wore a gift from her friend Dong Hyeop (played by Chae JongHyeop). The gift is a Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution lipstick in the shade “Pillow Talk Medium” which is a warm, reddish berry pink colour.

This makeup look is definitely for the wallflowers who suddenly want to stand out!

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Blackpink Lisa Manoban

Blackpink’s Lisa Manoban has always been known for her bold taste in beauty and fashion. Just last year, the K-pop idol was seen wearing a bright red lipstick for her collaboration with one of the world’s most famous makeup lines, Mac Cosmetics. 

According to the star, reddish-brown shades have always been part of her beauty items for they match her skin tone perfectly. “I love reddish brown shades because they look so good on my skin tone. If you want to make your day more special, try this colour!”

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Shin Min-a

In the photo above, actress Shin Min-a’s skin displays a more youthful and porcelain glow. This is because she partnered her bold red lipstick with an outfit of the same colour!

In case you missed it: Shin Min-a just returned to television screens as Yoon Hye-jin in Netflix’s highly-anticipated series Hometown Cha Cha Cha.

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Lee Sung-kyung

Red lipsticks really hold so much power. In fact, many women can look sharp and glamorous by just using this one product. In her official Instagram account, actress and model Lee Sung-kyung was almost barefaced if it weren’t for her bright red Chanel lipstick. 

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Jun Ji-hyun

Model and actress Jun Ji-hyun is obsessed with red lipsticks. In 2018, the actress collaborated with South Korean makeup brand Hera. 

According to the star, two of her favourites from the make-up line include the UV mist cushion and Hera Lip Gel Crush in no. 343 Naughty Berry. She emphasised the importance of picking shades that perfectly match one's skin tone. “It emphasises the luminosity of the skin and imparts a multi-dimensional glow to the skin so it catches the light at every angle. The lasting gel lippy has the shine of a gloss and the pigmentation of a cream lipstick, so your lips look both glossy and bold.”