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How to Wear Bright or Bold Lipstick Colors

Beauty Refresher: How to Wear a Bold Lip Color

A bold lip color could be the best beauty friend you've never known you had: it packs a serious punch with very minimal effort. But this seemingly simple look can fall flat if you don't know how to properly execute it. Brush up on your bold lip colors and get simple instructions on how to perfectly pull off the look in today's Beauty Refresher. Just keep reading.

Preparation: Picking Your Perfect Hue
Bold lip colors work on most women, as long as you know which shade of a specific color complements you best. Deeper hues work on deeper skin tones, while pinker, lighter shades work on lighter skin tones. So Rouge D'Armani in 302 by Giorgio Armani would pack the most punch on chocolate-toned women, while Topshop's Lips in Infrared ($16) would work for fair complexions.

Pull Off the Look:

  1. Start with your favorite foundation and apply it as usual. If you use blush, use an easy touch.
  2. Keep your eye palette neutral. A swipe of shimmery taupe shadow, like Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Silk Road ($34), on your lids paired with a thin black swipe of eyeliner along your lash line will suffice. Curl your lashes and give them two coats of mascara.
  3. Prep your lips with a moisturizing balm to keep them from flaking. Chapped lips look amplified when covered in a bright pigment.
  4. Swipe on your bright color and use a lip brush for precision. One coat will give you a muted look while still being bold, while two coats will really make your lips stand out. Blot on a tissue to absorb excess moisture, and you're looking bright, bold, and beautiful.
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