The Red Lip, Reinterpreted

Just as surely as stockings are hung and halls are decked, a red lip is guaranteed to pop up at every shindig around this time of year. Problem is, we’ve seen that same crimson pout so many times in past years that it’s totally lost its wow factor. Time for a much-needed makeover, we say, which is why we found four inventive new ways to rock a red lip. Get the scoop on these fresh, bold upgrades to the most tried-and-true holiday beauty look, and then get ready to beat 'em off with a stick, the next time you approach the mistletoe...
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Two-Tone Lips — A red lip done with two complementary shades makes for a high-impact pout that's a surefire conversation starter. The trick to this look is picking two shades that are similar and have the same undertones, like a cool-toned red and a bright fuchsia. Swipe the darker color on your lower lip and the brighter hue on your top lip. To keep the colors from bleeding into each other, dust a bit of transparent powder on top, to finish.

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Scarlet Sparkle — We've said it before and we'll say it again: Everything's better with glitter. To get this sexy shimmery pout, makeup maven Pat McGrath first lined lips with a deep red liner, then filled in the lip with a cherry red lipstick. Using her finger, she dabbed some loose red glitter directly into the center of the lips, blotting it outwards. Two coats of a thick, jelly gloss on top sealed the glitter in place and added shine.

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Kissed Off — A low-maintenance, super-sexy way to wear a red lip is a stain that makes it look like you've just spent a lot of time locking lips. To get the look, makeup artist Ellis Faas suggests applying a wine-colored lipstick directly to the center of the lip and fading it out with your fingertips. "The result is a very natural, sensuous lip that looks like you have just been kissing. It is also a great way to wear lipstick, for a woman who might not be used to, or like, the feeling of product on her lips," says Faas.

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Dip-Dyed Lips — To get this cool gradient effect, McGrath lined and filled in lips with a deep red lip pencil, used a brush to dab a deep burgundy lipstick on the entire lip, then tapped a rich, true-red lipstick on to the very center of the lips. A coat of gloss finished off the look and helped blend the colors into each other for a seamlessly blended look.

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