9 Lush Lip Colors

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9 Lush Lip Colors
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Whether you're schmoozing with the crowds at a holiday cocktail party or running errands on a Saturday afternoon, a rich lip color adorning your pucker is always fitting throughout the chilly months. By experimenting with colors and heeding the advice of beauty gurus and makeup artists, you'll learn which lush lip colors best complement your coloring, how to apply even the darkest shades like a pro, and which colors are more appropriate for day versus night.

Dark Plum Lips
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Dark Plum Lips

Actress Kat Graham looks perfectly seductive in this dark plum lipstick. "This color puts a fun spin on an evening look," notes celebrity makeup artist Jacqui Phillips, who's beautified the faces of Carmen Electra and Ingrid Hoffmann. She says to use caution with this color because it's apt to bleed. Use a concealer around the lips and a lip liner to keep your color in place.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: World Renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist

Brown Lips
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Brown Lips

"This brown lip is fabulous on Camilla Belle," says Phillips. The deep brown complements her olive complexion and brings out her eyes as well, giving her a balanced, glowy look. "It’s truly the perfect choice for a mysterious evening look with a sultry feel."

Related: Jacqui Phillips: World Renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist

Deep Pink Lips
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Deep Pink Lips

Dania Ramirez's warmer skin tone lends itself to this deep pink, but it'll work on other colorings as well. Phillips recommends playing with glosses over the lipstick to create a shade that works best on you. She says to "make the lip really pop," you can try adding a touch of clear gloss "in the middle of the top and lower lip."

Related: Jacqui Phillips: World Renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist

Purple Lips
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Purple Lips

If you have fair skin like Amanda Seyfried, a bold purple lipstick can look especially regal and sophisticated. "The wonderful thing about fair skin is that it works well with many variations of cool, bold tones," explains Phillips. "When the rest of the makeup is simple and understated, you can really go for it and just focus entirely on the lip like she did here."

Related: Jacqui Phillips: World Renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist

Bright Red Lips
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Bright Red Lips

Blonde-haired, fair-skinned Taylor Swift pulls off this classic red lip with ease. Red lips work well on any skin tone--the key is finding the perfect shade of bright red. Some are pinker/warmer (like Swift's) while others are bluer/cooler. Play with bright reds to find the perfect shade for you.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: World Renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist

Deep Red Lips
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Deep Red Lips

Keri Hilson can pull off a red lip, too. She goes for a cooler, darker red, though, which complements her darker complexion. "This is another color that can also bleed, so use caution," advises Phillips. She also suggests making a dark red lip pop by layering a shimmer gloss on top.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: World Renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist

Matte Red Lips
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Matte Red Lips

We've seen bright red, dark red and now here's matte red on Solange Knowles. Phillips says this look is more appropriate for a formal nighttime event, especially when paired with a smoky eye. Use concealer around the edge of your mouth to keep the matte red in place. If you want this look to translate into daytime wear, Phillips suggests using a stained red instead of matte.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: World Renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist

Matte Pink Lips
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Matte Pink Lips

Naya Riviera's matte pink lips are an easy way to dress up a simple style. "I always love to pair a bold lip with fabulous lashes and keep the rest of the makeup clean," notes Phillips. "It really makes a strong yet elegant statement." She says matte pink works well for both day and night and complements many skin tones and ages.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: World Renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist

Burgundy Lips
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Burgundy Lips

This deep burgundy, worn by Holliday Grainger, is ideal for warmer complexions. Note how it brings out the pink in Grainger's cheeks and makes her skin glow. Phillips says it's tricky to find a burgundy with undertones that bring out your own complexion, so play around with different shades until you find a winner. Burgundy works especially well for early evening and nighttime wear.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: World Renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist

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