The universally flattering red lip color (and the trick makeup artists use to make you look amazing!)


The universally flattering red lip color (and the trick makeup artists use to make you look amazing!)

By CATHI AYCOCK

I believe in Christmas carols on a playlist starting the day after Thanksgiving, that a real Christmas tree is heavenly, and that a red lip at Christmas is beyond chic.

Before you turn your nose up at the red lip love (because who really turns their nose up at holiday tunes) let me share how everyone can wear the holiday hue. (The first tip has nothing to do with lip color and everything to do with bronzer.)

If you think red looks stark on your skin, don’t opt out of the glam shade. Instead, grab your bronzer and give your forehead, the bridge of your  nose and cheekbones and give a light sweep. Warming up your skin creates a perfect pallete for a red lip.

Next, focus on brows, which are the balance on your face to a red lip. If you suffer from invisi-brow, invest in a brow pencil and fill in bare spots.

Last, try a red gloss instead of a full-on red lipstick. The color from a gloss is softer, more diffused and works for everyone.

I have done the legwork for you. The lipgloss below is universally flattering on literally everyone. Even more fun? It features a mirror on the side for quick touch-ups, and has a light that helps you apply, even in the dark.

This cult favorite lipgloss is the most universally flattering red. With an ingenious mirror and light, it is a perfect holiday gift. (One for you, one for someone else!) By Pure Illumination, Russo Red, $24 at Raine, 330 Franklin Rd., Brentwood, 615-454-2792.
This cult favorite lipgloss is the most universally flattering red. With an ingenious mirror and light, it is a perfect holiday gift. (One for you, one for someone else!) By Pure Illumination, Russo Red, $24 at Raine, 330 Franklin Rd., Brentwood, 615-454-2792.

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