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The Classics: Red Lipstick

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I'm always pushing red lipstick as a way to perk up your face (or your ensemble, for that matter) but choosing the right shade can be challenging. There IS a red option for every skin type and sometimes the formula is what makes or breaks the look. I say play around to discover what color, finish and formula you like the best but below are my very general guidelines.

* Apply the color, blot with a tissue, apply again. I'm not a huge fan of lip liner but if I'm doing an extremely bold red lip I'll use one to prevent bleeding of the pigment into my skin, before I apply my lipstick or gloss.

* Beware of matte finishes if your lips are not well exfoliated or hydrated...clumps and flakes are not cute.

* An even complexion is the best accessory for a bold lip. Tinted moisturizer and concealer with a swipe of mascara and a touch of blush in a neutral shade will keep the focus on your pout while avoiding an overly vampy look --- unless that's what you desire, dahlink.



If you haven't done full-on red lips before, a great way to jump in is with a gloss or tinted balm. Once you become more comfy with bright lips you can amp it up with a full pigment lipstick. Red shades with a hint of shimmer can be great for lighter tones as are raspberry colors which appear less harsh on paler skins.

Stila Lip Glaze in Strawberry | Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunky Cherry 



You can't go wrong with a classic blue red but you might also try a more orange-y hue for something different and interesting. Full pigment bright reds are no fail for darker skin tones but a stronger maroon, burgundy, wine (oxblood, port, whatever you want to call it, oy vey) can also be absolutely stunning so don't be afraid to go super bold!