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A Few Tips for Red Lips

Red lips are having a moment right now, but a classic red lip never really goes out of style. I used to be intimidated by wearing them, but now they're in regular rotation—and they're especially festive for this time of year.

So when Molly R. Stern offered some tips on creating the perfect red lip, I jumped at the chance to share them with you. Molly is CoverGirl's celebrity makeup artist, and she's touched the faces of celebrities such as Ellen Barkin, Heather Graham, Renee Zellweger and Kirsten Dunst.

For some straight-from-the-source tips on wearing red lips this holiday,

  • Focus on one thing. "This look is all about the red lip," Molly says. "So keep the rest of your look simple with sheer coverage; let your natural skin tones shine through."
  • There really is a red for everyone. Molly recommends CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor in Ever Red-dy. "I also love CoverGirl TruShine Lipcolor in Cranberry Shine," she says, "because it goes on sheer and has blue undertones, which will complement any skin tone." (Blue undertones also help to make teeth look whiter.)
  • Make your lips pop. To add a rosy glow, apply a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks.
  • Go easy on the eyes. A lengthening mascara in black-brown or brown will give your eye subtle definition and keep the focus on your luscious red lips, Molly says.

I'd also add that the key to wearing red lips is confidence. If you think you can pull it off, you can.

Join The Conversation
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
No red for me...
lilstacylou lilstacylou 9 years
I absolutly hate red on or near my face. Makeup, clothes you name it. I only have cute red flats that I wear once in a blue moon.
I am just starting to try red lips and I love them. Just be careful that you don't end up looking like a clown.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not a red lip girl, only on very rare occasions...
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
LOL @ Kim! But I definitely agree with the last tip - even if you find the right red, it can be bad bad bad if you don't wear it well and with confidence! Wear the red lipstick, don't let the red lipstick wear you!
JennaV JennaV 9 years
I like Russian Red from MAC. I normally don't wear lipstick but I make an exception for red. Great tips and it all makes total sense!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
Great tips; apparently Paris Hilton needs them.
terrywagner123 terrywagner123 9 years
I'll try the trushine in cranberry, meow
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't like super intense red lipstick on me, but I do LOVE Clinique Angel Red lipstick. It's a deep blue-based red and looks nice with my pale skin. I usually just dab it on as more of a stain.
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