The Secret to Perfect Red Lips

Minka Kelly, Red Lips
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Minka Kelly gave her classic red lip look a modern edge with a swipe of shiny gloss. But here’s the secret to mastering the standout color: Red lipstick looks best with a clean shape, so be sure to line lips with a nude lip liner before puckering up. Choose a liner that is slightly lighter than your lipstick, but in the same color family so the two shades blend together. Crimson lip liner may come off as harsh, and if it’s not a perfect match, the effect will have too much contrast. Finish by smoothing a clear gloss over your pout, and apply eye makeup with a light hand.

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