?A deep crimson lip is popular at holiday parties because it is a classic, easy way to spice up the little black cocktail dress,? says makeup artist Alexis Swain. ?Crimson is just as much of a statement, and just as sexy as red but calls for a little less attention, a little more mystery.? If you?re on the pale side, this dark shade can look a little vampy, says Swain: ?So try a shade with a little more berry coloring to warm up fair skin.? Apply several coats, blotting with a tissue in between, to get long-lasting color like Queen Latifah, who created this intense shade for CoverGirl.
Queen Collection Shine Vibrant Hues Lipstick in Choco-lotta, CoverGirl $5.60; buy online now at drugstore.com.Read MoreLess