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Marianne Mychaskiw
Apr 06, 2015 @ 11:15 am

We're calling it---the fuchsia lip is the spring answer to fall's vampy plum hue. It can be a tricky shade to master, but the right magenta provides a flattering alternative to the usual pink and coral tones, and gives your overall look an unexpected jolt of color.

"When looking for the right shade of violet, be careful that the one you use doesn't turn too pink. It needs to have enough blue in it to make the color more interesting," says makeup artist Nick Barose, who created the gorgeous effect for Tracee Ellis Ross at BET's Black Girls Rock awards show by layering MAC's Lip Pencil in Magenta with the Lipstick in Violetta ($19 each; maccosmetics.com).

"Avoid making hard lines along the edges, which makes it too severe. Though I used lip pencil, I was only filling in the lips for color, and not making hard lines around the mouth," he says. Because bright colors tend to bring out any flaws, sweep on a lightweight lip balm before the liner to prep your pout.

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Just like when wearing your favorite statement lipstick, balance between your eyes, lips, and cheeks is key. Barose advises keeping the drama on your pout, and going easy everywhere else. A sheer wash of blush in a complementary hue will tie the look together. "When you wear bright lips with no blush, it makes the color stand out too much," he says. "Try a hint of blush with pink tones on the apples of the cheeks. I used Lancome Blush Subtil in Shimmer Plum Affair ($30; lancome-usa.com) on Tracee."

When choosing your lipstick, use your skin tone as a guide for how cool or warm to go---swiping the colors on your hand helps---and make sure you don't veer too far into the chalky category to keep the finish soft.

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