Red-Hot Lip Colors for an Even Hotter Summer

There's a red lipstick for everyone, but between the Fourth of July and the start of New York Fashion Week, we rarely reach for anything other than a popsicle-like stain. That is, until Ciara, Jenna Dewan Tatum and other stars showed us just how summery bright red lipstick can be

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Kendall Jenner

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The supermodel selected a high-shine shade, which "dresses up any look," according to Estée Lauder Global Makeup Design Director Victor Henao (who works with Kendall).

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Chrissy Teigen

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The model’s makeup artist Mary Phillips loves that women are rocking red year-round — and has a sure-fire tip for making your color pop: “I applied a layer [of red] straight from the tube, followed by a layer of coral, then I mixed the two colors together on a palette to form one cohesive shade that I blotted on her lips."

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Chrissy’s Shade

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These saturated colors will accentuate chapped lips or cracks, so before applying your lipstick, Phillips recommends exfoliating your pucker first with a moisturizing scrub.

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JENNA DEWAN TATUM

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Makeup artist Tyron Machhausen put a tropical spin on an Old Hollywood vibe, creating the look of a "bombshell leaving a yacht in St. Tropez,” he says. His formula? Equal parts sun-kissed skin and a blend of two warm red lipsticks. "I always love to use shades that have a tiny hint of orange in them versus more blue-ish reds [because] they look fresh.”

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JENNA’S SHADE

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To achieve the “perfect” shade for Dewan Tatum, Machhausen mixed an orange-red with an apricot color. "I like to start with a base color, in this case the deeper red, followed by a shade that is a little more poppy. I applied the second shade, starting from the middle and blending outwards. The result is a more vivid three dimensional look."

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CIARA

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Ciara’s pro Yolanda Frederick opted for a cooler hue to complement the singer’s youthful vibe. "To me, bright reds with blue undertones are always fun,” she says.

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CIARA’S SHADE

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Mac

Vivid matte shades, such as the one Frederick hand-picked for Ciara, require proper prep and precision. Allow a balm to sink into lips for a few minutes (but blot it off before applying the lipstick) to guarantee your color goes on even. Then apply your formula with a lip brush.

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MELISSA MCCARTHY

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“In summer, a red lip should remind people of your sex appeal, not your Christmas spirit,” explain’s McCarthy’s makeup artist Robin Fredriksz, who chose a cherry — not cheery — red lip to complement her bright outfit.

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MELISSA’S SHADE

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Fredrickz’s selection is a must-have thanks to its double-duty properties. Use it as a liner and a lipstick — then dab it on your cheeks for a matching blush and lip look.

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LAVERNE COX

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The actress’ crimson pout was inspired by her upcoming role in Rocky Horror Picture Show, says her makeup artist, Deja Smith for DD-Pro. “She wears a glossy red ombré lip throughout the movie, so different versions of red lips have become a fun allusion to that epic experience."

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LAVERNE’S SHADE

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According to Smith, "the glossy finish gives this look a summery pop." The artist lined Cox's lips "to create and hold the lip shape” before applying a “generous” amount of the liquid lipstick. “It’s a matte finish, and if you apply it as a thin layer it dries down matte. But if you concentrate a little more of it on the center of the mouth, it will have a glossy appearance."

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CAMILA ALVES

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“A red lip allows a girl to feel glamorous without having to try too hard,” says Alves’ makeup artist Patrick Ta, who picked a tube with a twist — the twist being the slight orange tone — which gave it a stamp of approval for summer wear.

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CAMILA’S SHADE

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Once you’ve selected the perfect hue, “let your lip color be the star,” advises Ta. "Keep your skin dewy and fresh looking, and your eyes bronzy."

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