Glam Slam: Yes, You Can Do Red Lips

Alicia Keys rocks a red lip at the 2011 BET Awards Alicia Keys rocks a red lip at the 2011 BET Awards

February is National Heart Month and why not “Go Red” to show your support for the women’s fight against heart disease with a gorgeous red lip? It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day too!

It’s fitting that our red lip expert comes courtesy of Elizabeth Arden (you know, with the famous RED Door logo!). The company’s Global Makeup Artist Rebecca Restrepo, who has worked with Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis and Kelly Ripa, shares her tips for everything you need to know about creating the perfect red lip:

“To find the right red for you, color the entire fingertip with a shade, then bring it up to your mouth to see if the red brightens your eyes and complexion. It should make your skin tone look vibrant and healthy, not sallow or ruddy.

To pull off a berry, plum or red shade during the day, keep the rest of your makeup neutral. Add only a pop of color on the cheeks and a flesh-toned eye shadow to balance the deep lip shade.

When wearing a bold lip shade, add a touch of blush and a few coats of mascara to create balance on the face.”

Still not sold on a bold lip? Rebecca offers some other options:

“For women who are not into the very vibrant lip look, I curated several shades of varying nudes for both skin and style. For pale skin, I love to use Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Sunburst or Pale Petal (I used Pale Petal on Kelly Ripa). For medium skin, I love to use the Desert Rose or Breathless shades. (I’ve used Breathless, a natural shade that looks like your lips, but better, on Leona Lewis).

For olive and dark skin I love to use Fig or Mink. These are all colors I created for Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Lipstick line.

The best way to make sure colors stay on all day is to use a lip liner. It is an anchor for the lipstick, making sure it doesn’t move and give it that perfect polished look.”

-- Ryan Patterson

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