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Beauty Editor's Guide: Three Steps to Red Lips That Last

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They're an instant holiday pick-me-up. Here's how to leave your mark.

STEP 1: SET A GUIDELINE Fill in with a matte pencil close to the shade of your lips. MAC ($16, maccosmetics.com) makes a great range of shades that should have something close to your lip color. This creates staying power when you break out the bright red. Finish with a light dusting of translucent powder.

STEP 2: GO FOR THE BOLD Finding the right red that lasts can be tricky. Two faves: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso ($22, stilacosmetics.com) and Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella ($25, narscosmetics.com). I find you need to spend a little more when it comes to highly concentrated pigment.

STEP 3: ADD SHIMMER Celeb makeup artist Julianne Kaye suggests topping your red with a thin coat of clear gloss, then adding a dusting of shimmer to the Cupid's bow above your lips. She likes Girlactik Skin Glow ($26, girlactik.com), which provides just a touch of luminosity and a little moisture.