Tool Time: Here's the Single Most Important Application Trick to Picture-Perfect Red Lipstick


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Let's face facts: Red lipstick certainly isn't for the faint of heart, and when it's worn—whether matte like what's seen above on Kylie Jenner and Janelle Monae or with a slight sheen like Thandie Newton's—it should always be worn with attitude, assertion, and absolute aplomb.

Part of pulling off such a statement shade is ensuring that your cherry-colored lippie is applied 100% correctly, which is why we recommend always painting your pout on with a lip brush. (We're currently obsessed with the Illamasqua Lip Brush, $29.50.) Why?
The thin, elongated handle gives you ultimate control to help blend and distribute the color evenly so you won't waste any product. Plus, you can use the edges of the angled bristles to outline your lips and perfect the shape of your smile while keeping the color from feathering off of your mouth and onto your face.
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