The Step-by-Step Guide to Bold Lips
A woman with a purse full of pale glosses learns how to achieve the perfect red lips.
SELECT YOUR SHADE
The color of the pads of your fingers is similar to that of your lips, so they give you an accurate picture of how a shade will look on your mouth (and you won't risk ingesting nasty microbes at the department store counter). Swipe a range of colors on your fingertips and see which ones look best. Then hold your favorites close to your mouth to decide which one is most flattering; the right bright shade will make your eyes sparkle and won't bring out redness in your cheeks. For Teri, Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Mulberry ($20; Sephora.com
) was a perfect fit.