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How to Apply Red Lipstick

The Red Lip Look You'll Wear to Every Holiday Occasion

Update a classic red lipstick look with a bold, matte hue this holiday season. "There's nothing more passionate than red," says Pat McGrath, Procter & Gamble's Global Creative Design Director, who created the look above for the Spring 2013 Prada runway. Find out her insider tips to modernizing this makeup staple when you read more.

First, you want to smooth out the lips with simple sugar scrub (or your toothbrush in a pinch). This will remedy Winter-chapped lips for a seamless application. Next, apply a fiery-red liner, like CoverGirl Lip Perfection Pencil in Passion ($7), on the entire mouth, followed by your lipstick. McGrath used CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot ($7), a bright, cool, cherry-red. Since this look is matte, blot off excess moisture with a tissue to set.

And to make your red lipstick pop even more, McGrath recommends adding a highlight on the Cupid's bow with Dolce & Gabbana Khol Eye Pencil in True White ($29). You can also use a pencil that's about two shades lighter than your skin tone for a more wearable version. Finally, clean up any smudges with concealer. Pair this over-the-top lip with simply elegant makeup, including a bare face and perfectly groomed brows.

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