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Be Daring, Wear Red

November 15th, 2006


This season say yes to red lips.

image Conservative or not, red lipstick is a must-have staple in your makeup bag. It is one of the most appealing shades of the season. Be a little daring and send a "red alert" when you walk into a room.

The trick lies in finding the right red for your skin tone.

Is your skintone warm or cool? This is important to understand when choosing any makeup selection especially red. Red is not considered natural, but you can choose a red that is more neutral in color. If your tone is cool (fairer skin tone that gets ruddy easily; you also tend to burn without tanning afterwards) select a true red like L'Oreal's Colour Riche True Red or Mac Viva Glam I. Try also wearing tones that are more pink reds, like Cherries in the Snow, a bestseller from Revlon. Red shades berry in nature and fuchsia tones work well on skin with cool undertones.

imageIf your tone is warm (a golden complexion which oftens tans even after your first sunburn of the season), you will need to consider warm reds like tomato red, brick or as I like to say "brown reds". One to try is Laura Mercier Lip Color in Chianti and Clinique Different Lipstick in Angel Red.

For those who are still confused try Delux Beauty Vinnie lip shadeimage which took top honors at Allure's 2006 Best of Beauty awards. It is considered the most wearable shade because it looks great on just about every skin tone.

A diva pout calls for precise application.

- Prep lips by exfoliating the dry flakes away. Apply a thin balm, and then rub off any excess to eliminate a slick feel.
- Optional step, but works wonders for long-lasting wear time, apply a light touch of concealer on the lips and then a lip liner. To downplay the red, use a liner in a natural tone like MAC's Spice lip liner or select a liner that matches the red of your choice.
image- Opt to apply the red lipstick with a brush instead of straight from the tube. This gives you more control, plus it prevents you from overdoing it.
- Blot, blot, and blot! The more you blot the more natural the shade will look.

And if you still don't feel comfortable wearing red, try one of the many new formulas that offer a light pigment load. For a real sheer look, try imageBenetint Lip Balm or a sheer gloss stick like Lancome Juicy Rouge in Grenadine and even Nars Lipgloss in Bloodwork gives just a tint of red. You might like to check out Bobbi Brown Sparkles and Rubies Holiday Collection which offers a selection of red lipsticks and glosses.

Last tip for a sophisticated scarlet look; keep the focus on your lips. Keep your skin clean, avoid blush or apply only a light touch, keep eyes bare except for some mascara and a touch of black eyeliner.

"Rouge a levres rouge".


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