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The Secret to Perfect Red Lips

11/19/2012 at 06:00 AM ET

Forget the LBD. The sexiest thing you can wear to a party this holiday season is red lips. They add instant wow to your look, which is ideal if you’re going out straight from work and need to get glam fast.

You could just swipe on a red lipstick right from the tube, but the experts at Joyus have taken the look to the next level. They have a genius strategy that’ll ensure your pout is full, your lip color is long-lasting and that the final result is trĂ©s chic, not clownish.

It starts with choosing the perfect shade. They swear by Belle Noir’s rich hues, available exclusively on Joyus and complementary to nearly all complexions.

The next trick is to prep your lips with a neutral liner. (Yes really, a liner. It’s time you gave it another try. If you apply it correctly, we promise you won’t look like you time traveled from the early ’90s.) Then apply the lip color and top it off with a bit of balm, which adds a pretty shine.

Check out another one of our favorite beauty products from Joyus. And be sure to shop even more awesome Joyus finds.

–Zoe Ruderman

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Daniela on

I had literally been on the hunt for the perfect red lipstick for years! Everything was either too orange, too dark, too bright, too blue, too whatever! But, I finally found it! It’s called “Red Revival” from Mabelline – I wear it when I’m feeling glam, and I always get tons of compliments. Some of my friends have tried it as well, and it’s one of those red shades that looks perfect on anyone. I have olive skin with dark hair, but it looks just as lovely on my friends with fair skin, hair, eyes etc.

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