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.
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- 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.