One bold lip look on a Tuesday morning is good. Two is better. Today, Tessa Thompson demanded double-takes before and after an appearance on Good Morning America with a duet of painted pouts that served as a primer in holiday beauty.
First came a study in seasonal noir—a bit of cherry red suiting gave way to a swipe of crimson lipstick in a slightly deeper shade. The scarlet lip, courtesy of makeup artist Jessica Smalls, gave off a subtle shine supplemented by Thompson's bauble-bedecked ears and fingers, lit-from-within skin, and super-slicked low ponytail topped off with a sparkling "Queen" hair barrette by her hairstylist Lacy Redway.
And while this moment was striking enough to stand alone, hours later saw the actress presenting an alternate. Thompson's sleek updo served as an anchor to the reworked vibe, this time centering on a perfectly-painted matte pout defined by its buoyant berry undertones. The result was a twosome of lip-level pops that had onlookers all the more eager to embrace the deep, flushed hues that define the year’s last lap. And if Thompson’s approach is any indication, fans of red will have ample opportunity to test-drive every single iteration of the shade.
Originally Appeared on Vogue