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Finding Your Perfect Red Lipstick

January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am , by

Think that bold red lipstick is too daring? Today’s guest blog is from Karla Sugar who solves the mystery of the right red by showing how different intensities and textures affect color by swatching a few lipsticks on herself. Check out more fun makeup swatching that she’s done at

Venturing into the world of red lipstick can be daunting. There are so many options. How do you find the shade that’s right for you?

Don’t feel overwhelmed. You can find a lipstick you love by answering a few easy questions.

First: do you look better in gold necklaces or silver? If you look better in gold, try a warm red lipstick. Warm reds have peach, orange, or coral tones, and are complimentary to certain skintones.

MAC Brave Red, $14.50. Smashbox Legendary, $22. NYX Eros, $4. Bobbi Brown Vintage Red, $22. Dior 999 Ara Red, $30. Estee Lauder Spanish Red, $21.

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Beauty Coach: Red Lips

September 17, 2009 at 11:37 am , by

m_101429699My absolute favorite trend for fall is red lips. I’ve never been a lipstick kind of girl (eye makeup is more my thing), but after editing through dozens of gorgeous red shades for our September makeup story, I had to give it a try. Now, I’m completely hooked and wear red almost every day. If only figuring out my fall wardrobe was this easy!

Here are my favorite tips for wearing red lipstick without red lipstick wearing you.

1. Find a great shade. A hue with blue undertones works well on everyone (a great example is Revlon Cherries in the Snow). My personal favorite shade is M.A.C. Lustre Lipstick in Lady Bug. It’s a classic red with a pretty sheen.

2. Start and end with lip balm. I don’t think I could pull off red without moisturizing my lips first. I always prep with a little balm (I love Nivea’s Kiss of Moisure. I have one in my purse and one on my nightstand) and then apply lipstick. It glides right on. If I want a bolder, more saturated red lip, I will wipe off the balm. Then, after I apply my lipstick, I layer a final swipe of balm over my lips to soften the color.

3. Use a lip brush. I learned this tip from makeup artist Sonia Kashuk a few years ago on a shoot. She told me that a lip brush is such an underrated tool. It helps work the color onto your lips and gives you the most control. Any brand will do (Sonia has an affordable line of makeup brushes at Target). I suggest a retractable lip brush so you don’t mess up your bag.

4. Add color to your cheeks. If you have a fair complexion, you’ll probably need  a little extra blush or bronzer to balance your bold lips. I love this trick from DuWop creative director Cristina Bartolucci: Dab a teeny bit of your red lipstick onto the apples of your cheeks and blend.

Tell me about your favorite shade of red lipstick. If you’re looking for more fresh looks check out our fall makeup story.