FALL '06 is the season of the crimson mouth, as actresses left and right are puckering up with bright red lips.
Award-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola is among those sporting the bold retro look, as are film femmes Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett and Hilary Swank and small-screen starlet Kristen Bell.
Honorees Annette Bening and Evan Rachel Wood wore crimson lips at the Premiere Women in Hollywood awards in October. Vera Farmiga paired her scarlet smackers with a finger-waved bob at the premiere of "The Departed."
Not coincidentally, the rich red lip has a strong on-screen presence with '40s and '50s period films such as "The Good Shepherd," "Hollywoodland" and "The Black Dahlia." In fact, most of these actresses probably got accustomed to brighter lips on the film set.