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Afraid to wear red lipstick? I am going to help you get over that. Everyone can wear a shade of red, and with Valentine’s Day coming up, you want to impress your Beau with a beautiful sultry lip.We are going to take red for Valentine’s Day from passe to stylish. The celebs are wearing it. Why can’t we ?

Men seem to gravitate toward the color red; It has also been proven to be the colour that evokes passion (and sometimes anger!), but passion is what we are going for. A perfect shade of Red can be painted on your bedroom walls to encourage more passionate intimacy. It is a strong colour, for a strong woman.

The lips and eyes are the focal point of the face, and with the re-emergence of the 1940s and 1950s, red has become the colour to wear.

The key to wearing red lipstick is finding the shade that compliments your skin tone.

“The secret to choosing the right red lip color is in the undertones. Pink-skinned girls should opt for cherry red. Those with olive skin can wear fire-engine red. Dark skin looks great with deep reds.” –about.com

Many people complain “my red lipstick seems to bleed beyond my lip line.” There is an easy way to fix that! Lip Primer and a fabulous lip liner will help to keep the colour in the “lines” and preserve the depth of the Lipstick.

A great lip primer , which can be applied with your finger or with a concealer brush , ( make sure to get the inner part of lip) is Origins “Underwear for Lips” ($15). Great price for a product you can use under ANY lipstick.

Follow with a lipliner as close to the shade of the lipstick chosen. Line the outside of the lip and fill in the whole surface area with the pencil. This will help to preserve the pigment of the lipstick from fading and will help it last all night long!

My favorite Red Lipliners are:

Sue Devitt “Long Lasting Lip Liner” in Nadi a Terracotta shade, perfect for skin with a dark tone ($20 – love that Macy’s carries her brand. She is wonderful for liners for eyes and lips.) It has a brush end for precision application.

Pair with Guerlain Terracotta Gloss in “Tango” ($31)

Kevyn Aucoin (RIP) has a great set of lipliners. They are beautiful. The “Flesh Tone” set has a great bright engine “Red” liner, perfect for most red lipsticks and for olive tone skin ($24.) Do not be afraid to spend that much on a lipliner. His are highly pigmented and do not need to be sharpened often, making the most of your $24!

Pair with Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in “Raven” ($30)

MAC Lip Pencil in “Cherry” ($14) is the perfect shade for Fair skin. For the price , you can’t beat it! Soft and easily applied.

Pair with Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in “Cherry Ice” ($9 YAY! – don’t hate on Revlon, they make great lipsticks)

For the fashionista : Let’s try something NEW . A dark rouge lip!

Rooney Mara has sported this look on many red carpet events and in the new issue of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Cover for March 2012. This look will grab people’s attention in a good way, an envious way. “Wow she looks so great in that lipstick, I could never wear that!”


Guerlain Rouge Automatique Holiday in Nuit d’Amour ($36 – Limited Edition for Valentine’s Day. GET IT NOW!!)  Complimentary to All Skin Tones but best on Fair and Dark Skin.

Please comment and let me know what your favorite red lipstick is!