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The Red Lip Rule Book: Find the Perfect Color For You

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Nothing makes us feel better than a red lip. It’s empowering, it’s bold, and it makes everyone look downright amazing. The only issue? Finding a red lip that’s just right for you. There’s a lot to consider here: Do you want a cream or matte finish? Do you want a lipstick or a gloss or a stain? Do you need a warm or a cool tone? Naturally, we want every girl to find her perfect red lip color, so we talked to some experts over at MAC Cosmetics, plus made an easy-to-follow flow chart, below.

Tip for beginners: “Try bold colors in sheer formulas and textures, like MAC Hot Tahiti or Lady Bug lipsticks,” says Fatima Thomas, senior artist at MAC Cosmetics. “Create a stain effect by dabbing lipstick on with your finger and then blot with a tissue,” explains Louise Z., senior artist at MAC.
How to keep a glossy formula in place: “Make sure to moisturize first, because dry lips will absorb the emollients in lipsticks, compromising wearability. Follow with a lip primer and lip pencil as a base.” says Fatima.
The trick to keep matte lipstick from drying out your lips: “It’s all in the prep work – exfoliate, hydrate and blot! Lip care is just as important as skin care to ensure great looking lips,” explains Louise.
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