March 27, 2023

Charlize Theron wearing magenta lipstick

If you’re feeling like your go-to lipsticks aren’t doing it for you lately and want to try something different, you’ll love to learn our latest color crush happens to be an unlikely shade that brightens and flatters any skin tone. The color in question? Magenta. From lip stains with just enough pigment to more intensely applied color, magenta happens to be a favorite shade choice among celebrities as of late and is popping up left and right. From film festivals to award shows, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite celebrity makeup looks with magenta lips that steal the spotlight. Keep scrolling to see this popular color in action—we’re confident you’ll be making room in your makeup bag for magenta lipstick in no time.

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Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron wearing magenta lipstick and a black dress


Bright magenta lips paired with soft blush and liquid eyeliner on Charlize Theron are giving us all the major lipstick feels. The boldness of this lip color is what makes wearing magenta an ideal choice for an important event or evening out; It’s striking and chic at the same time. Before applying lipstick, use a lip liner in the same color to shape the lips and help prevent any color bleeding.

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Diana Penty

Diana Penty wearing a gown on the red carpet at the 72nd annual cannes film festival

The gown, the jewels, the pose, the lips! Diana Penty slays in magenta lipstick that’s perfectly paired with softer, more neutral makeup with plenty of highlighter on the cheeks as the best accent. A bright, matte lip stain will last the entire day (and night) and also gives the look and feel of luxury.

When wearing matte lipstick, be sure to exfoliate lips before a big night out to ensure they don’t flake. Apply a lip scrub like Fresh Beauty’s Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator ($24) before your lipstick for flake-free, hydrated lips.


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Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett-Smith wearing a black dress on the red carpet of Lionsgate's "Angel Has Fallen"

Jada Pinkett Smith has never failed when it comes to making a grand red carpet entrance, and this time she’s serving everything we want in a magenta lipstick. As you can see, this lip color brightens her smile and gives a fresh feel to her winged eyeliner and dewy skin.

When looking for the perfect shade of magenta lipstick, try a few different variations to see what works best with your skin tone. Swatch the colors on your hand or try them on your lips to get a feel for what you like the most.


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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman posing on the red carpet at the 2019 LA Dance Project Gala hosted by Dom Pérignon

Sheer and sparkly, Natalie Portman pairs a magenta lip stain with a sultry smoky eye that we adore. Myth has it that you can’t wear a bright lip color with a dramatic eye, but that old wives’ tale is so wrong. When you want to wear a smoky eye and bright lip color, tone down the lip ever so slightly so it appears more like a wash of color instead. Doing this allows you to balance both the dramatic eye and mouth, keeping the look chic and edgy.

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie on the red carpet at the European premiere of Malificent

This magenta lip on Angelie Jolie takes her from “Malificent” to magnificent in seconds, ultimately fitting for a movie premiere. With bold lips as the focus, the rest of her makeup is dewy and light with perfectly shaped eyebrows. An A+ use of magenta in our book—we can’t take our eyes off it.

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Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara on the red carpet at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Bold, bushy brows, contoured cheekbones, and magenta lips are incredibly flattering on Sofia Vergara. The color payoff of this magenta lipstick pairs perfectly with her crystal-adorned gown and statement earrings.

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Lupito Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o in Midtown New York wearing a yellow suit and magenta lipstick

Lupita Nyong’o stopped traffic in New York City when she wore this bright yellow suit paired with bold magenta lips—she most certainly knows the way to our hearts with her expressive use of color. Lipstick serves as a great accent to a statement outfit, and magenta was clearly the perfect choice for this entire ensemble.

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Amirah Vann

Amirah Vann posing on the red carpet of the premiere of "Miss Virginia" in New York

The use of metallic champagne eyeshadow along with winged eyeliner and magenta lipstick looks fantastic on Amirah Vann, and choosing to wear a bold lip is the perfect complement to her red carpet swagger. With a slightly more purple undertone, this lip shade is mesmerizing alongside a black dress and chic hairstyle.

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Larsen Thompson

Larsen Thompson

The lips have it all in this look on Larsen Thompson. Sparkle studded eyeshadow paired with magenta lipstick rounds out her ivory complexion and brushed up eyebrows. A sleek ponytail allows all of our attention to focus on her lips, which is precisely how it should be when wearing such a majestic color.

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Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart posing at the 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival

A barely-there magenta lip stain offsets this beauty look on Kristen Stewart with smoldering eyes and clean skin. The reason that magenta works so well as a lip stain is because it’s pigmented enough for you to see, even when you want to wear something that’s still very sheer. The result? The perfect balance of color on the eyes and lips.

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Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani outside ABC Studios in New York City

This lip is bananas, and that’s an understatement. Bright magenta lipstick paired with a technicolor dress on Gwen Stefani is giving us major lipstick inspiration. Seeing as magenta has several variations in tone, it truly completes the look of any outfit, whether you want to wear color or something more neutral.

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Greta Lee

Greta Lee posing on the red carpet at Netflix's Russian Doll Season 1 premiere in New York City

Deep magenta lipstick is just what Greta Lee needed to perfect this red carpet moment, and the execution is flawless. When wearing a darker shade of magenta, clean and dewy skin along with shaped eyebrows ensures the lipstick gets all the attention it deserves.

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Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra at the GRAMMY salute to industry icons in New York City

We can’t decide what we love more about this look: the fact that Priyanka Chopra is wearing a deep magenta lip, or the fact she matched her eyeshadow to her lip color for a monochromatic magenta moment of our dreams. Wearing eyeshadow, lipstick, and even blush in the same tones is always a good choice when wanting to stick to a particular color theme.

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Zoey Dutch

Zoey Dutch posing on the red carpet in a pink gown at the 2019 Vanity Fair oscar party

Pink dress, emerald jewels, soft magenta lips, can’t lose. Zoey Dutch is wearing the perfect amount of color here, and her magenta lipstick is gorgeous. The semi-matte finish is an excellent choice for a special event.

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Susan Kelechi Watson

Susan Kelechi Watson on the red carpet for 2019 PaleyFest LA

Excuse us while we pick our jaws up off the floor at the sight of Susan Kelechi Watson in this bold magenta lip color. An example of how a brighter blush and deep lipstick work together, we love this makeup look (and outfit). Brava!

Shop some of our favorite magenta lipsticks below!

Urban Decay Vice lipstick in shade Firebird
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Firebird $19.00
Buxom Satin Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Shameless Magenta
Buxom Satin Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Shameless Magenta $16.00 $5.00
Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in a magenta color called Hell's Bel's
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Hel’s Bells $34.00
It cosmetics
IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Lipstick in Gaze $20.00 $15.00