How to wear red lipstick

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Our favorite sanguine sirens, plus tips on how you pull off their daring lipstick looks

Pair red lips with colors like black, white and grey

Mix matte and glossy textures to avoid looking shiny  — 

Break Up Monochromatic Tones

Wearing earth tones and bright colors with red lipstick can sometimes look overdone. Make like Freida Pinto and wear your red with black and white. “When it comes to fashion, I love pairing red lips with stark colors like black, white and grey,” says celebrity makeup artist Amy Nadine.

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Carry Concealer

When shopping for red lipstick like Fergie’s, make sure to wear concealer to cover any serious redness in the skin. You’ll look more polished when trying on colors, and feel less ruddy.

Learn About Lip Liner

Try and match your lip liner shade either exactly or in a darker more complimentary tone. “Lip pencils are a tool to create a more defined, perfect edge. They create more depth to the edges and the corners,” says makeup artist Pati Dubroff, who works with Julianne Moore. 10 hairstyles that are always in style

Pair It With Liner

Red lips don’t have to be a solo act. Emma Stone’s makeup artist Mai Quynh advises pulling off two trends at once, “Pair this season’s deep wine lip with a dramatic eye. Well-defined liner is in for fall.” The 50 best fashion tips of all time

Brush It On

Apply high-gloss reds like Taylor Swift’s shade with a firm, synthetic lip brush.

Scrub it Smooth

“If you have even the littlest piece of dry skin it will stand out and ruin your perfect red lips,” says celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles. To create a perfect pout like Nicole Kidman’s, Stiles suggests exfoliating with a lip scrub, then slathering on a rich lip balm. 12 easy ways to look thinner by tonight

Mix Textures

Take your face makeup into account when choosing your lipstick. “I like to mix textures,” says Quynh. “If your eyes and cheeks are dewy, opt for a subdued finish to avoid looking shiny in photos.” Kim Kardashian gets the balance right with her matte skin and glossy lip.

Start With a Stain

For a stay-put color like Liv Tyler’s, Stiles suggests layering your products. “A good trick is to use a red lip stain and then apply a clear or cherry-tinted gloss over that,” she says. “It helps the color stick around longer.” 10 ways to wake up beautiful

Dress Up with Creme

If you want to dress up a night look, Nadine suggests picking a lipstick with a creme finish like Diane Kruger’s.

Perk Up Pale Skin

If you have fair skin like Amanda Seyfried, choose a red with some orange in it. “The tomato red really pops on lighter skin,” Stiles says. “It looks so chic and beautiful.” Fall’s 45 best boots