Get a Perfect Red Pout

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Red lips can make even the most casual attire look put together and polished. But choosing a red lipstick can be intimidating. Jennifer Bradley, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Jennifer Bradley Medical Grade Skincare and Cosmetics has the inside scoop on getting the best red lip, and making it last -- from day to night.

Start with a brown, warm lip liner with earth tones.

Line and fill in the lip entirely, as if you were going to wear the lip liner as your lip color. Use mauve or a slightly pink-toned red (Bradley's Malted Mauve will do the trick). Then apply a warm red lipstick. "The lip liner will tone the lipstick down and keep it in place all day or night. And it looks attractive next to any skin tone," says Bradley. 

Always choose a more earthy or warm toned red lipstick.

"I have found that warmer tones look best on most of my clients when it comes to the perfect red. My personal favorite red is a color that I have worn for years, called Bronze Gold, from my line. It is always my 'go to' red when I want that Hollywood pout."

Always hydrate lips. 

Always apply balm or chapstick before applying color, and exfoliate those lips before bed wtih a washcloth. It makes all the difference! 

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