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Anyone Can Pull Off Red Lips

Anyone Can Pull Off Red Lips

There's a reason crisp red lips will always be a classic: they get noticed. Cast all doubts aside -- there's a shade of red for you too.

First, salon owner Rachel Gower says you should determine your skin's undertone -- warm, cool or neutral.

"If you're having trouble figuring it out, there are a couple of tricks you can use. First, look at the veins in your arm. If they're bluer, you're probably more on the cool side. If they're greener, you're probably more on the warm side," she says.

Next, use your undertone to find the right shade. "If you think you're more on the cool side, stick with something that's a truer red, which is a blue-red. If you're a warm, go the other direction and choose something that has more of an orange-red to it. When in doubt, almost everyone can wear a pink-red, which is kind-of a neutral," Rachel says.

Some of Rachel's favorites:

Glossy Color
Sheer = Stila Lip Glaze in Strawberry
Intense Shine = YSL Golden Gloss in Red
Budget = L'Oreal Infallible Gloss (Red Fatale = cool, Plumped Red = warm)

Creamy Color
Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter (Cherry Tart = cool or neutral, Candy Apple = warm)
YSL Rouge Pure in No. 1

Matte Color
Universal Flattering = MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo
Stain = Jane Iredale in Passion
Budget = Revlon Just Bitten (Gothic = cool, Flame = warm)

Prevent a Lipstick Faux Pas

  • The easiest way to prevent bleeding is with a new product from Make Up For Ever called Lip Line Perfector.
  • Try Prime Time from Bare Escentuals as a true, stayproof lip primer.
  • Another great way to make your lip color stay is by using a stain first. When whatever you put on top wears off, you'll still have your lip stain.
For more information:
Rachel Gower, owner
The Upper Hand Salon

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