How To Pull Off A Foolproof Bright Lip

When going for a statement lip—like this bright orange lipstick from Australian Fashion Week that has us totally captivated—the best strategy is to keep the rest of your makeup simple. Take a cue from makeup artist Napoleon Perdis' handiwork at Karla Spetic's show and stick to black mascara, a lightweight foundation, and a hint of eyebrow pencil to balance things out.
Above, from left: Karla Spetic RAFW '11/12 images courtesy of Napoleon Perdi; Clinique Brow Keeper, $15, available at Clinique; Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, $19, available at Smashbox.
But there's an unexpected twist to getting this almost-neon, coral lip: Perdis started with a wine-colored lip pencil. He applied lip liner to the top and bottom lip line, then feathered on the lipstick with a lip brush—ultimately blending the two shades for an overall effect that's a rich, pop of color. To finish, he lightly reapplied the lip liner to get a clean line and keep the lipstick in place. (You can also dust on translucent powder to help the lipstick set).
Above, from left: CoverGirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation SPF 10, $9.74, available at Target; Napoleon Perdis Lip Pencil in Pinot Noir, $18, available at Napoleon Perdis; Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick in Hara, $22, available at Napoleon Perdis; Karla Spetic RAFW '11/12 images courtesy of Napoleon Perdis.
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