The Look for Fall: Red Lips

updated 08/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/06/2003 01:00AM

Bright red lips look "sexy and healthy and really brighten up the face," says New York City makeup artist Romy Soleimani. "Women should experiment to find their color." As a rule, says Soleimani, cherry reds work well with most complexions, but women with darker skin tones should avoid orange-reds, opting instead for deeper, bluer reds. Bright reds are best on fair-skinned women. Whatever a woman's age or personality, she adds, "there's a red that's right for everyone."

FOR RED NAILS
Get your hands on a bold, bright polish. YVES SAINT LAURENT'S PURE COLOUR LACQUER in Red Desire, $15.50; select department stores

Fair skin

CHRISTIAN DIOR'S FIERY RED, $22; Sephora.com

Medium skin

CHANEL'S IMAGE ROSE, $22.50; gloss.com

Dark or olive skin

CLINIQUE'S VINTAGE RED, $13.50; clinique.com

GET THE LOOK

STEP 1
Using a lip brush, line the top lip with lipstick. Fill in rest of top lip; keep brush flat for even color.

STEP 2
Without parting lips, smile as you line bottom lip, then fill in with smooth strokes.

STEP 3
Using a
concealer brush, trace edges of the lips with concealer to accentuate the color.

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