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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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.”
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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.”
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