We warned you that red lips would be trendy this fall (just as they were in Fall '06), but this look is actually nothing new — it's a tried and true glamazon favorite and has long been associated with elegance and femininity.
The problem that most women have is figuring out how or when to wear it so that they don't look like Bozo the Clown. Fact is, not only does it take a certain time, place and even demeanor to wear this sexy makeup look (an evening out is the perfect occasion), but you also need the right tools: the exactly right tone of red, sparse makeup accompinament and hair to match. Here's how the pros do it:
1. The Right Foundation: If you notice, all the stars above can pull off the red lip. Why? They keep everything else minimalist: simple hair, great brows and bare faces. All you need in conjunction with bold lips is flawless skin and a touch of mascara — maybe eyeliner if you really want your eyes to stand out at night. Try L'Oreal True Match liquid foundation, so you get an even complexion. Couple it with a touch of bronzer (never blush) and a wash of champagne shimmer on the eyes to add dimension.
2. Choose Your Base: An oranged base red can look trashy on cool skintones, so always opt for a blue base that creates a rich, deep red, and helps make your teeth look whiter. If you want to try the trend without spending a fortune, consider Sally Hansen's Smile Brightening Lip Treatment or any discount brand in "brick" or "wine" (Revlon SuperLustrous Creme Lipstick is a favorite). If you don't mind spending some dough, MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red and Chili are both great colors, or give Chanel's Rouge Allure in Brilliant a whirl: it's Rachel Bilson's favorite, to boot.
3. Liner Is a Must: Reds bleed. Keep them in place with a nude liner. It's less obvious as your color fades, so you won't be left with a silly looking outline. If red liner is all you have, fill the whole lip area in with it.