Say what you will about nude and pink, but the most transformative lipstick color will always be red. It may take time to find your perfect shade and finish — be it a faded cherry balm or a merlot liquid lipstick — but when you do, it becomes your secret weapon for date night, Monday morning meetings, and everything in-between.

To inspire even more ways to wear the classic color, we’ve put together the most approachable style guide, courtesy of New York Fashion Week. During this season, the red lip (with a manicure to match) was the top trend amongst the fashion set.

Scroll ahead for the best street style from NYFW 2020, plus top-rated red lipsticks to cop the look, if you feel so inspired.

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Name a more timeless beauty combo than a polished pixie with a red lip.

MAC Cosmetics MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick, $, available at Ulta BeautyPhoto: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images.

According to the fashion crowd, matching your accessories to your lips is always a good idea.

Chanel Extreme Intense Matte Lip Colour, $, available at Macy’sPhoto: Christian Vierig/Getty Images.

Start with no-makeup makeup, then add a sheer red lip for a chic (and fast!) rendition of the look.

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Is Everything Lipstick, $, available at WalmartPhoto: Donell Woodson/Getty Images.

Kaia Gerber took her red lip straight off the Longchamp F/W 2020 runway to the streets of NYC.

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink City Edition Liquid Lipstick, $, available at Ulta BeautyPhoto: Christian Vierig/Getty Images.

Pro tip: Mix neutral clothing and a leopard print accessory with the perfect bright red.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil, $, available at SephoraPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images.

This moody red has a cool raspberry undertone that keeps it from feeling overly bright.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick, $, available at SephoraPhoto: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images.

There’s something about winter brights — like white sunglasses and a matte red lip — that feel fresh in a sea of black and navy.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick, $, available at Macy’sPhotographed by Polly Irungu.

Found: Hair, makeup, and accessory inspiration for the next rainy day.

The Lip Bar The Lip Bar Vegan Liquid Matte In Bawse Lady 0.24oz, $, available at TargetPhotographed by Polly Irungu.

A soft, pinky red — whether a pigmented gloss or lipstick — tends to look even better after a few hours of wear.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte, $, available at Bobbi BrownPhotographed by Polly Irungu.

When you’re covered by fashion — like a hat, oversized sunglasses, or both — a red lip adds instant polish.

Winky Lux Steal My Heart Lipstick – Kiss Me, $, available at Winky LuxPhotographed by Polly Irungu.

There’s something undeniably hip about a shiny red lip.

Kosas Phoenix, $, available at KosasPhotographed by Polly Irungu.

Temper a trendy feathered bang with a classic red lip for an eternally-cool look.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick, $, available at Giorgio Armani BeautyPhotographed by Polly Irungu.

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