Red lipstick is a makeup chameleon. It's a classic look with the potential to be modern, romantic, or edgy, depending on how you wear it. But, perfecting it is easier said than done. Sure, there are gorgeous shades of red, and lovely textures, but there's just so much that can go wrong. Between getting it on your teeth, feathering, smudging, and fading in an awkward way, sometimes we're tempted to skip the lip altogether because it becomes such a pain to tend to.
This holiday season, though, we're not ditching our red for anything. So, to make sure our pouts are on-point, we tapped some of our favorite makeup artists for their most reliable tips. We also asked them to surprise us: We all know how to blot, but surely there's something more we've been missing. Turns out, they were full of tricks we'd never heard of, from layering with green to well-placed nudes that make a matte look glossy.