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8 Valentine's Day inspired red lip colors

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Whether Valentine’s Day celebrations consist of dinner with a longtime love, meeting a crush for a sweet first date or going out with best girlfriends, red lips are an appropriate makeup look for instant romance.

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Though there is a red lip out there for every skin tone, there are a few things to consider when exploring the broad spectrum of brand offerings. If you are aware of date night plans ahead of time and are hoping for a romantic kiss to end the night, opt for a long wearing stain or matte lip product to ensure a non transfer pout. Also, layering products is a smart way to keep a precise lip shape that is essential for a more classic vintage inspired lip look. The combination of lip layers also ensures your bold look will not disappear after a few bites at dinner.

For first time red lip wearers, remember to moisturize and exfoliate lips if possible prior to applying any pigment as rough patches can look more noticeable and longevity of wear could be minimized with dry lips. The beauty of a red lip is the feminine yet seductive aspect making it a reflection of moods. For a more coy approach, choose a more transparent wash of red via a lip gloss or just dab a few dots of lipstick onto the center of lips and soften by tapping fingertips to deposit a lighter amount of color.

Discover top picks for the perfect red lip inspired by Valentine’s Day tradition by clicking the photo above.

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