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With an album called Red and lyrics about “that classic red lip look that you like”, it’s no big surprise that Taylor Swift has a thing for scarlet smiles. It’s become her signature style, and it gives her a bold, sophisticated, old-school glamor. While she occasionally switches things up with more subtle, natural hues, she’s more known for vibrant shocks of color adorning her kisser. Some of her favorite tubes are NARS (Dragon Girl and Luxemburg shades) CoverGirl (Hot, Flame and Burn shades) and Makeup Forever (#8 Iconic Red). When asked by People Magazine why she often goes red, she said, “I guess I just think my face looks worse without it. That’s pretty much the only rationale behind it.” Can’t argue with that! Here are 11 times Taylor Swift rocked red lipstick, both on and off the red carpet.

1. Red Lips to Match the Dress

Here she is at the movie premier of The Giver in August, 2014. Perfectly lined lips in a sultry rosy-red tint and a hint of gloss matched her stunning crimson and cream colored gown by Monique Lhuillier.

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2. This Pout Really Pops

Taylor attended the National Identity Benefit Gala at the The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in May, 2010. This time she contrasted her white drop-shoulder dress with rich ruby lips and a wavy bob. Insiders tell us she’s wearing MAC lipstick in Russian Red, a clay-matte classic with a timeless look.

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3. Oscar-worthy Lips

Swift sparkled at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a slinky Julien Macdonald dress and a sleek hairdo. This look called for a blotted matte red lipstick to polish things off. This Ulta lipstick Raspberry Noir shade imparts a perfect blend of red and purple in one slick tube.

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4. Award Winning Look

The singer-songwriter cleaned up at the 2012 MTV EMA Awards in Frankfurt, taking home three awards. We think her poppy-red pout and ethereal J. Mendel gown deserved an award too.

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5. Smiling for a Good Cause

Taylor attended a benefit for the EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund in 2010, sporting cascading curls, a chic one-shoulder Valentino dress and soft glaze of pinky-coral-red lips, courtesy of NARS Satin Lipstick in Niagara. Little did she know that her own mother would be battling this disease a few years later.

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6. Taylor gets an Easy A for this Red and Green Combo

Taylor came out to support her friend Emma Stone at the LA premier of Easy A in 2010. Her red-hot glossy lipstick added a perfect punch to her shiny emerald-hued Miu Miu mini. Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color in Bright Poppy adds just the right amount shine without too much gloss.

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7. Her Red Debut

A young Taylor Swift attended her first American Country Music awards in 2009 in a floor-sweeping, jaw-dropping Angel Sanchez gown with bold red lips to match. She said this was the first time she wore red, but it sure has become her signature color ever since.

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8. We Heart This Look

The 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas drew a crowd of fashionable celebrities, but Taylor was a stand-out in this cherry-red high-waisted bodycon mini skirt and white strapless crop top accessorized with a flirty swipe of cherry-red liquid Lip Tar.

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9. Ready for that New Years Kiss

Taylor had the honor of rocking in the 2014 new year in New York’s Times Square. She wore a silver jacket, sparkly bustier top and black pants by Jessica Jones and Joseph Cassell, completing the vampy vixen look with fiery lipstick. How she managed to bare that much skin on a cold December night we’ll never know.

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10. Legs and Lips

Taylor also showed some skin the 49th American Country Music Awards, in a striking J. Mendel midriff-bearing white cut-out top and a black skirt with a slit up to here. She complemented this with a wavy side-swept long-bob and a pretty orange-red shade on her cupid bow lips. Her smile is not as bright crimson or magenta as some of her looks tend to be, but this subtle brick-red stain has a pretty effect. It looks like she’s used NARS Audacious in Marlene here.

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11. Festive Frock With Lips to Match

Swift switched on the Christmas lights and performed in Westfield London back in November, 2012. She wore a full-skirted vintage red dress and vibrant lips to match. It looks like MAC Retro Matte in Ruby Woo, defined with a cherry pencil. We love this retro chic look.

We think Taylor Swift rocked red lipstick every time, don’t you?

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