Easy Tips for Great Red Lips!

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Red lipstick is classic, elegant, versatile. And with these guidelines, everyone (yes, you) can wear it

Say you can't wear red lipstick? Watch your mouth. With these easy guidelines, you'll be singing its praises in no time.

10 tips for great lips

Consider the lighting. "If you're going to be outdoors, pick a softer or sheerer shade," says Rachel Lockhart, owner of Rachel's Makeup Studio, in Boston. "For evening, go bolder, so your features stand out."

Avoid deep reds if you have thin lips. They tend to make lips look smaller.

Experiment with intense shades if you have strong coloring (paper-white skin, black hair, blue eyes). "Natural contrast gives you more options," says Jill Morton, head of ColorCom, a consultation agency in Honolulu.

Don't play up your eyes. "Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup," says lipstick designer Poppy King. A little mascara and beige shadow will do.

Don't toss a red lipstick in a shade that doesn't work. "Top it with a gold gloss to warm and soften it, or add a pink gloss to take it to the bluer side," says makeup artist Maria Verel.

Coordinate your look by dotting a little smudge of lipstick on the apples of your cheeks, then blending it with your fingers.

Be precise, whether using a brush or applying straight from the tube. "Red lipstick should never be applied casually in the back of a taxi," says Verel.

Don't use red lip liner. If it doesn't match your lipstick perfectly (and odds are it won't), you'll end up with a two-tone effect. If you like using liner, find a shade that's close to your natural lip color and use it to outline your lips.

"Prevent "bleeding" by applying a little concealer around the border of your mouth.

Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color.

Foolproof reds

With lipsticks, as in life, there are always shortcuts you can take. And, in this case, choosing a lipstick that's known as a "true" red offers the quickest route to a fitting shade. Neither warm nor cool, true red doesn't have a distinct undertone, says Jill Morton, head of ColorCom, a worldwide color consultation agency, so it tends to flatter any complexion.E-mail to a friend


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Source: Easy tips for great red lips - CNN.com

 
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i like the look of red lip that aren't precise. dab a bit of red on and use my pinky finger to blend it over my lips. i think it looks more real and relaxed. a stained or bitten lip look.

 
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Originally Posted by karrieann /img/forum/go_quote.gif i like the look of red lip that aren't precise. dab a bit of red on and use my pinky finger to blend it over my lips. i think it looks more real and relaxed. a stained or bitten lip look. That's a really pretty look. I do that sometimes, although more often with raspberry or plum colours.
 
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i'm always afraid to use red color!!

but it looks really nice

 

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