Why we should all wear red lipstick

ThinkstockThinkstockAs females we spend a decent amount of time worrying about our appearance as it pertains to the opposite sex. We hit the gym, squeeze into Spanx, smooth our skin, lengthen our lashes, straighten or curl our hair, wax our privates, and some even spend a fortune on plastic surgery. But there's one thing every lady is born with that is guaranteed to attract a man: her lips. According to a new study conducted by Manchester University, our lips, not our eyelashes we've been batting so flirtatiously, are the number one thing that catches a man's gaze. Scientists used eye-tracking software to prove that in the ten seconds after meeting a woman for the first time, the average dude spent over half of that time staring at her mouth. By applying red lipstick a gal can keep a guy looking even longer.

"For centuries, women have painted their lips red to enhance their appeal," Dr. Geoff Beattie told the Daily Mail. "The practice dates back as far as the Ancient Egyptians, who used red lipstick and rouge to enhance their attractiveness. Our research suggests that red lips and perceived attractiveness are still inextricably linked, with red lipstick the most powerful attractor, and one that significantly increases visual fixation," added Dr. Beattie.

With gorgeous celebs men love from Marilyn Monroe to Angelina Jolie to Scarlett Johansson all known for their luscious painted red lips, this kind of seems like an obvious discovery, but now we have proof. Heading out to a holiday party? Apply some bright red lipstick. Whether you're single or attached, who wouldn't mind a little extra attention.

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