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The hottest accessory to your fall wardrobe? Your bright red lips. Maybe you’ve never dared to be so forward with your makeup, or maybe you aren’t sure that this timeless shade is really your color. Whatever your qualms of the past--this season, give it a whirl—take a peek at our “how-to-pick-the-best-shade” tips and try it on.

Here’s our basic, red lips tips:

· First, according to the” Lipstick Queen”, Poppy King, creator of the Lipstick Queen brand lipsticks, the right red will make your hair, skin and eyes light up. Try on lipstick with no other makeup on—if it is flattering with a naked face, it’s a winning shade.

· Next—to really nail the raring-to-go red look and keep it modern—keep any other makeup you wear that day very minimal. Keep your eyes simple and understated, and consider going without blush, or just with a hint of bronzer.

· Last, remember to use a lip primer and, gasp, a lip liner to keep your lipstick from feathering or bleeding outside of your natural lip line. Finish by lining lips lightly with concealer to keep your lipstick lines crisp and make the look really pop.

Now on to the fun part—the shopping:

Cool-Aid. If you’re fair complected or have cool skin undertones—choose reds with blue or cool undertones as well. Think berries, cherry red, plum reds and deep wine reds. Here’s a one of our favorite cool undertoned lipsticks from M.A.C at Los Cerritos Center ($14.50, MAC Red).

Warm-Blooded. If you have olive skin, or warm undertones, you’ll want to pick shades of red with….you guessed it, warm undertones. These will have orange or brown highlights to them—like fire-engine red, brick or even poppy red. Here are is a warm toned red from Hourglass found at Sephora in Stonewood Center ($30, Raven).

Classic Color. Still not sure about rocking the red this fall? Color combinations sound precarious? Reach for the red that never goes out of style—what’s called a true red. This is a neutral red that is universally flattering and most every brand has a version of it. Approach any makeup counter and ask for their true red, they can point one out for you. Here’s an example from Clarins in Nordstrom at The Oaks ($24, Rouge Prodige).

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