The celebrity makeup artist behind Taylor Swift's now-iconic red lipstick, Gucci Westman, shared how the singer's mother, Andrea, initially felt about the color.

Westman, 52, spoke candidly about her Hollywood career during Tuesday's episode of Today with Hoda and Jenna. She reflected on doing Swift's makeup for the cover of Fascination in 2009, when the Grammy winner first posed with her now-signature red lipstick.

The makeup artist highlighted that when she wanted to put red lipstick on Swift for the first time, more than 15 years ago, the Fearless the singer's mother was a little hesitant about it.

“So I remember I really wanted to do a red lip on her because I had never seen her with a red lip before. And her mother, if I may say so, said, 'Well, Taylor doesn't wear red,'” Westman recalled. “And I thought, 'Oh, please, can I try?'”

Jenna Bush Hager then recognized how, after the Fascination cover, red lipstick has become a big part of Swift's signature look. “And the rest is history!” added the TV presenter.

Westman agreed and replied, “Look at her now! This was her first red.”

This isn't the first time the designer has opened up about working with Andrea and Taylor Swift. During an interview with She Australia In October 2023, she confessed for the first time that she needed Andrea's approval before putting red lipstick on the “Love Story” singer.

“She never wore red lipstick,” she explained. “When the red lip happened, I had to ask her mom for permission.”

Westman once again recalled that Swift's manager told her that “Taylor doesn't wear red,” but that her makeup artist responded, “Well, Taylor needs to try red.”

As of November 2021, Westman I went to Instagram to share a snapshot from 2009 Fascination cover, and revealed that Swift took home the lipstick she was wearing that day.

“Taylor’s first ‘red’,” she wrote in the caption. “From our 2009 @allure cover photo shoot, which was the first time she wore red lipstick. This look was inspired by the Vargas girls and then I sent Taylor home with her own tube. Many more fun moments followed.”

Over the years, Swift has expressed how much she loves wearing red lipstick. During an interview with People In 2014, she noted that although she tries out different looks, her red lipstick is one of the things that continues to suit her best.

“I will go through different phases with makeup and always try new things,” she told the publication at the time, as reported by Huffington Post. “Except I never stay too far from red lipstick, do I? I guess I just think my face looks worse without it. That’s pretty much the only reason behind it.”

Swifties also fawned over the singer's signature red lipstick, which remained visibly intact when she kissed her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, on the football field after the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship game in January.

While it's unclear if she wears the exact same shade of lipstick every time she leaves the house, makeup artist Pat McGrath previously revealed that Swift's go-to shade is Pat McGrath Labs' Legendary Wear Lipstick in Elson 4, which retails for $34. However, the exact shade of Elson 4 is almost impossible to find online as it is often out of stock.



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