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She made us laugh in Mean Girls and cry in The Notebook, but in The Family Stone (which also stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton), Rachel McAdams makes us both laugh and cry, not to mention want to run right out and try her perfect-for-the-holidays red-lipped look. The 29-year-old Canadian actress plays the clan's youngest bohemian beauty with an enchanting smile that belies her feisty and forthright nature. McAdams' smart portrayal and natural look, punctuated with a Christmassy crimson pout, nearly steals the film.
So get her lovely red lips in four simple steps, and prepare to steal every scene of your own this holiday season!
Step 1: Prep your lips with a lip balm, blotting off the excess with a tissue. This will ensure that your lipstick goes on smoothly.
Step 2: Outline your lips with a creamy red lip liner (try Jane ColorSticks Lip Color & Liner in Precious, $3.99) and use a brush or your finger to blend the color over your entire mouth, which will supply even more staying power.
Step 3: Apply a red lipstick with a satiny finish that isn't too matte (try Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Expert Lip Tint in Poppia, $22).
Step 4: Dab a little red lip gloss (try Almay Whipped Gloss in Merry Cherry, $6.95) onto the center of your lips. Smokin'!
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal magazine, December 2005.