By CHERYL BRODY FRANKLIN
Updated December 05, 2013 12:00 PM
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BRIGHT RED LIPS

NO ONE WEARS A RED LIP BETTER THAN TAYLOR SWIFT. NOW HER STYLIST SHARES HER SECRETS

The woman behind this year’s sold-out Red tour knows her way around red lipstick as well. “I couldn’t live without red lipstick or lip stain,” says Taylor Swift. “I love colorful lips, and in my mind, everything else isn’t absolutely necessary in comparison.”

For many women, red lipstick can be intimidating. But Swift’s makeup artist Lorrie Turk insists it’s a look anyone can pull off—as long as they take the time to do it right. To see how, turn the page …

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The Secret to Perfect Red Lips

1 Prep!

Chapped lips show every flaw, says stylist Turk. Use a scrub to get rid of dry flakes and a balm (Turk likes Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment, $18; josiemarancosmetics.com) to hydrate. Then she applies a primer and lines the lip. “This helps keep color in place and prevents lipstick from bleeding into fine lines.”

2 Choose your color carefully.

Turk doesn’t believe in makeup rules that recommend choosing a red based on skin tone. Instead she takes a trial-and-error approach. “My advice would be to get a matte red lipstick, and if the color is too intense for your comfort, sheer it down with lip balm,” she says.

3 Ease into it.

If you’re nervous about going red, Turk recommends trying a lip stain or a tinted balm to ease into the shade. And for a more casual look, Turk uses her ring finger or a Q-tip to apply the color. “It’s the perfect way to get just enough color without it being too strong.”

TRY: Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub, $18; sephora.com

Hourglass Panoramic Longwear Lip Liner $28; hourglasscosmetics.com

Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer, $19; toofaced.com

TRY: L’Oréal Colour Riche in British Red, $8.95; drugstore.com

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante 38, $34; chanel.com

TRY: Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint, $24; tartecosmetics.com

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, $17; clinique.com

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1. Jessica McClintock ombré silver sequin frame clutch (with strap), $48; belk.com

2. Forever 21 glittered diamond clutch, $19.80; forever21.com

3. Target hard cage clutch in black/gold (with strap), $24.99; target.com

4. La Regale mesh ball minaudière (with strap), $60; bonton.com

5. Nila Anthony rose gold metal clutch (with strap), $72; nila-anthony.com