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How to Wear Red Lipstick

The secret lies in the rest of your face. The paler the skin, the bigger the pop. And you'll want to go light on the eyes and the blush, otherwise you'll risk looking like a clown. Here's how to do it: Skip the eyeliner and go only for mascara (black for brunettes, brown for blondes & redheads), dust your face with powder and your cheeks with a soft blush. Always line your lips before applying color.

Make sure you pick the correct color for your skin type. If your complexion is pink, you'll look better in plum shades, while girls with yellow tones are flattered by warmer reds that have a brown base, according to celebrity makeup artist Jemma Kidd in the December 2005 issue of Harper's Bazaar.

Great shades of red: Arouse from the Prescriptives Modernista line.Also try Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Wine With Everything & Certainly Red.
Extra tip: Pair your red lips with red nails. Try Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color, with real diamond particles. I like Diamond & Rubies ($4.50).