The 5-Second Valentine's Day Makeover

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Nothing takes you from drab to fab quicker than a red lip, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to power up that lip color. The right shade of red lipstick can work wonders to brighten your smile, liven up your complexion and add instant glamour. Does choosing the right shade leave you intimidated? Fear not. Here are some helpful tips to help you find the perfect red just or you.

First, ask yourself "Am I warm or cool toned?" If you are warm, with more golden-toned skin, choose firey 1950s reds with more of an orange base. If you are cool, with more rosey tones in your skin, go for blue-based 1940s reds with more pink in them. For extra polish and longer wear, try applying a corresponding Lip Liner first.

Tip: Take a look at this handy chart for more tips on Warm and Cool coloring.

Now, what formulation do you prefer? There are several options when it comes to lip color coverage:

Opaque Lipsticks. Love that classic Old Hollywood red lip? Full-coverage retro reds are great for evening.

Sheer Lipsticks. Do you want red lips but are afraid to totally commit? Sheer Lipsticks are universally flattering as they enhance the natural pigment in your lips without adding a lot of color.

Lip Gloss. Do you prefer sheer coverage with added shine and dimension? Try a lip gloss. Like sheer lipsticks, glosses are see-through, but they have a more shiny, wet look.

Have an extra minute? Complete the look by adding a natural flush to the cheeks with a sheer reddish cheek tint. Then, create a soft, neutral eye with suede or champagne tones. Take it up an extra notch with some understated smokiness along the lashline and lots of mascara.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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