Envious of women with the confidence to rock a bold, red lip? Me too! Dubbed the ‘sexiest’ shade in history, it’s a transformative makeup trend that instantly looks modern, chic and a little bit bad-ass (think Rhianna, Marilyn Monroe and Gwen Stefani).

If (like me) you’ve been thinking about spicing up your beauty routine with a hot red hue then first read these simple red lipstick rules (as spoken by some top notch makeup artists).

Choosing the right shade:

Prep:

Application:

Note: According the makeup artist Rae Morris, bright lips can enhance redness, so make sure all blemishes are perfectly camouflaged.

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