08/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
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
CHRISTIAN DIOR'S FIERY RED, $22; Sephora.com
CHANEL'S IMAGE ROSE, $22.50; gloss.com
Dark or olive skin
CLINIQUE'S VINTAGE RED, $13.50; clinique.com
GET THE LOOK
Using a lip brush, line the top lip with lipstick. Fill in rest of top lip; keep brush flat for even color.
Without parting lips, smile as you line bottom lip, then fill in with smooth strokes.
concealer brush, trace edges of the lips with concealer to accentuate the color.