Many women fret when it comes to lipstick. Not knowing what colours to choose, what finishes will last or not liking the texture can make women say adios to the lipstick and hello to only gloss. But there are times when a slick of red lipstick or any other shade for that matter, adds a certain je ne sais quois, or sophistication to your look. It can help you look polished and “done” in one swipe. We’ve collected our best tips and tricks for getting the perfect lipstick look.

Beauty how-to: Prada’s poppy red lipstick

Sure runway models can seemingly pull off any beauty trend, from ’80s eyes to bright, bold lips and everything in between. But some runway looks are meant to just stay on the runways (sky-high bouffants and crazy false lashes shouldn’t be worn at the office). But this modern take on hot red lipstick works on virtually everyone. It’s sheer, shiny and easy to apply. Get all the tricks from a pro makeup artist here: Beauty how-to: Red lipstick.

How to wear red lipstick
Think you can’t pull off red lipstick? Think again! It all comes down to confidence, picking the right shade for your skin colouring and then keeping the look modern with minimal makeup on the rest of your face. Lipstick Queen founder Poppy King tells us how to get the perfect scarlet pout — and her tips are super easy! Get Poppy’s red lipstick tips here: Simply red: How to wear red lipstick

Celebrities and red lipstick
Red lips (or any bold lip colour) makes for an instantly glam look that’s ideal for the red carpet. So it’s no wonder that a red pout is a favourite for celebrities at galas and award shows. From glossy to matte, deep to vibrant hues, red lips are definitely a fave in Tinseltown. Get inspired to wear a bold lip colour with these celebrity images: Celebrity style: Red lipstick

Picking a shade of lipstick

It can be tough to find the ideal shade of lipstick for you (be it red, pink, brown or neutral). The best bet is to get into a makeup counter and have a pro help you pick a shade and test it out. Check out our shopping gallery full of lipstick and glosses to help make the best pick. Shop the look: Lipsticks


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Beauty trends: Get lippy
A sharp contrast to the nude lip that dominated the spring runways were the pretty pinks, bold reds and coppers that coloured models’ pouts at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prada and Karl Lagerfeld. If you’re brave enough sport deep red liner, or for a softer side choose a sweet candy shade of pink.