BG tip: Keep the attention on one feature. When wearing dark lips, pair with soft eyes.

BG tip: Keep the attention on one feature. When wearing dark lips, pair with soft eyes.

A Hero, a Fire Starter and a Gossip Girl all worked the red carpet wearing beautiful flaming lips. I’ve always been a proponent of this sexy, strong lip. My favorite reds: Napoleon Perdis lipstick in Aphrodite ($22), Nouba Millebaci Long Lasting Lip Colour in #7 ($19) and M.A.C. Red ($14), one of Gwen Stefani’s signature shades. Sadly, it’s a statement that’s often dismissed. Some shrug it off saying it’s too high maintenance. I say, that’s a lame excuse. Here, 3 simple tips to get you the perfect red lip. Pucker up!barrymore-headearring1. Smooth Bold color doesn’t sit well on chapped lips. Rid flakes with a soft exfoliating scrub like Philosophy’s or a toothbrush, moving the bristles in a circular motion.2. Condition If you’re planning ahead, swipe on a rich emollient like Vaseline the night before. If you decide to go for it last minute, apply Chapstick before lipstick. Gloria, a BG reader who’s the queen of the bright lip, swears by Chapstick. leighton-meester-9209-5“I always put it on first because it prevents feathering, helps lip liner go on more easily and really makes my color last. ” Thanks for emailing this great tip Gloria!Do you have any favorite beauty tricks? I want to know. Share them with me at info@thebeautygirl.com and you may end up in a future post.3. Seal Vampires are all the rage right now but you don’t want to look like you’ve just had a good blood sucking. After applying the color, stick your index finger halfway in your mouth and then pull out slowly as if it were a straw. This trick will prevent excess lipstick from getting on your teeth. To ensure lipstick won’t run out of the lines, apply a sealer such as Benefit’s She Laq ($30).

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