Expert Tips to Rock Red Lips

Fashion runaways are featuring the biggest, boldest, and most beautiful red lips for spring. When paired with neutral eye makeup and soft cheek colors, the look is polished and downright sexy.

Luckily, leading with the perfect pout is easy once you find the best red for your skin tone.

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Follow these classic guidelines to find the perfect red for your kisser:

1. Medium to deep olive-toned skin looks great with warmer reds; look for shades with a hint of tomato and orange in them. Try Julie Hewett Noir Lipstick in Belle Noir.

2. Fairer skin tones are flattered by more blue-based reds, like cherry and strawberry tones. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow is gorgeous.

3. A classic red looks good on everyone. MAC Russian Red is the gold standard shade and can be found in every makeup artists’ kit.  

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How to paint the perfect pout:

1. Prepare lips for super rich pigment by exfoliating with a lip scrub or a soft toothbrush.

2. Apply a light lip balm base; blot off excess with a tissue.

3. No need for lip pencils this spring. The look is all about the painted-on look so it is time to invest in a great stiff lip brush; try Makeup For Ever lip brush number 3N.

4. Work a small amount of lipstick from the center of the lips and use small precise strokes to create the perfect edges.

5. Dust a small amount of translucent face powder with a large fluffy brush to keep lines from bleeding and voilà!

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