Find out why the singer has been straying from her signature nude lip

By Sarah Kinonen
Updated March 11, 2016 12:23 PM

We all know Jennifer Lopez for her killer voice and jaw-dropping red carpet ensembles, but beauty-wise, Jenny from the Block has become synonymous with sultry smoky eyes, glowy skin and glossy nude lips over the years. You know, like this:

So when she recently stepped out not once, not twice, but four times sporting a bright statement lip, we had questions. And we knew Lopez’s longtime makeup artist, Mary Phillips, would have the answers.

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“Jennifer is just a total makeup chameleon and we love to switch it up,” Phillips tells PeopleStyle. “While she does wear varying shades of nudes, we do like to change things consistently color wise — there’s just a time and a place [for it].”

And that time and place happened to be her for a recent press trip to N.Y.C. to promote the last season of American Idol, where Lopez and her makeup pro decided to have a little fun with color, including bright fuchsia, red-orange, classic red and a deep red wine (all shown above).

“We’re not really used to seeing Jennifer in colder climates, so we saw her in these really stunning coats and sunglasses, and it inspired us to play around a little more,” she says. “To do a really ‘bronzy-nude’ look [in the cold] just doesn’t necessarily fit the scenario; that’s a little out of place to me. But beauty wise, we still kept it very glamorous and elegant.”

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But there is a reason that glossy nude is J.Lo’s signature, so don’t expect her to suddenly rock a red lip every day, Phillips says.

“Some of her most memorable looks are something with the warm, glowy skin, a smokier eye and a nude lip, and I think when people think of her that’s what they envision, beauty-wise,” she tells PeopleStyle; however, “We love statement makeup! It’s Jennifer — she’s so beautiful, seriously, she can rock any look, no joke.”

Our favorite? The deep red she wore to a taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers, which Phillips says might just be her favorite, too.

“That color is absolutely stunning on her. Not many could pull that one off,” she tells PeopleStyle. “She kills so many looks — she’s like a Barbie doll in that sense of when you’re a little girl and you want to try new things, be a little bit more daring — everything just works on her.”

Are you a fan of J.Lo’s bold lip moments? Which is your fave? Share below!

–Sarah Kinonen