How to Wear Lipstick
Charlie Green explains how to choose the right shade of red lipstick.
Nothing says "pucker up" like a pair of vibrant red lips. Red is a color everyone can wear, says Martha's makeup artist, Charlie Green. The key is to choose the right degree of pigment for you... and not be afraid to be just a little daring.
The Audrey Hepburn Look (pictured, left)
If you rarely wear lipstick, opt for a subtle shade in the refined style of the always elegant Audrey Hepburn. Pat on lipstick with index finger, and top with a layer of gloss to add shine and help the look last all day.
Try: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in Feelin' Rosy (More Info | Buy), Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Red Light (More Info | Buy)
The Elizabeth Taylor Look (pictured, center)
For a glamorous, old-Hollywood look reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor, only a bold, fabulous red will do. Create a base coat of lip liner on the inside of the lips, rather than the edges, and apply lipstick with a brush for a smooth, flawless finish.
Try: Stila Long Wear Lip Pencil in Passionate (More Info | Buy), L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Ravishing Red (More Info | Buy), Mehron Stageline lip brush (1/4 inch flat end)
The Marilyn Monroe Look (pictured, right)
Get the bold pout of Marilyn Monroe with a long-lasting lipstick that contains more pigment than wax. For a soft and supple finish, top the color with lip balm.
Try: Maybelline Superstay 24 Color in All Day Cherry (More Info | Buy)