A bright lip is one of the biggest sensations of the holiday season. It’s an easy way to rev up the glamour factor and add extra panache to your holiday look. From bright orange to purple to red, bold colors are in abundance this Winter, making it even easier to indulge in the lipstick trend.

As beautiful as a bright lip can look when done right, it can easily go wrong during the application process. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to avoid common faux paux when rocking a bright lip:

-DON’T allow the rest of your makeup compete with your bold lip. It’s excessive to wear bright blush, heavy eye makeup and a bright color on the lip.

-DO wear lip liner. Lip liner helps define your lips and keeps the lipstick from bleeding.

-DON’T rock excessive lip gloss. It causes the lipstick to bleed and can make the color fade.

-DO prep your lips first. Bright lipstick brings attention to flaws so be sure to exfoliate and subtly moisturize your lips first.

-DO make it a pop of color. Red, pink or orange lips contrast beautifully with darker-hued clothing. The color provides the perfect accent.

-DO ensure precise application. Since bright lipstick is loud, any errors in application will stand out. Use a lip brush for more control and clean up the lines with a Q-tip.

-DO apply generously. The color should be highly saturated. Thin and faded layers of color won’t cut it.

-DON’T match the colors of your makeup but instead, allow the bright lip to take centerstage.

-DO contrast the texture of your lips and face. If you’re wearing a matte lip, go for luminous cheeks and skin.

-DO make it your signature look. When you find a color that compliments your skin tone, don’t be afraid to wear it regularly and own it!

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What tips do you keep in mind when rocking bright lipstick, Clutchettes?

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  • AM

    I wear a red lip, every single day.

  • Pseudonym

    What color lip liner should I use. I am brown skinned and have a bright red like the one above. Thanks!

    • Ceefa

      I like to match my liner to the lippie :)

    • AM

      same here!

    • Pseudonym

      Thanks! I actually kept checking back here for an answer and was afraid this article got phased out.

      Off to find a red lip liner tomorrow, then.

  • JDF

    Cherry by Mac and NYX has some awesome reds!!! If you want a little dimension, line the lips in Currant by Mac or a similar color, say Plum by NYX and fill in the lip with a red pencil/ blend…then apply lipstick…

  • This is a beautiful girl in the’s a shame that dark skinned complexion girls like this never make the cut in most black men(Africans,caribbean men)videos.

    • AM

      Her skin and hue is just FIIIIIYAH!!!!

    • Simone L

      That’s Folasade Adeoso. That’s her name

  • O’Phylia

    I always feel like a clown when I wear red lipstick; lipstick itself feels odd on my lips any way. I think I’ll try a bright colored lip stain. (: Thanks for the tips!!

    • Pseudonym

      I had the same experience when I bought a red lipstick recently. I put it on to go out, hated it, and wiped it off and went for a gloss. A couple days ago, I put some on to just chill around the house and I got used to it. I think it’s the initial shock of having something so bright on my face.

    • AM

      @ O’Phylia,

      Girrrrrrrrrl, you better wear that lipstick with CONFIDENCE. If people are looking at you, it’s because your lips are jooooooosay, not because you look clownish!! I’ve found that a lot of black women are very hesitant to rock a red lippy in the name of “I look like a clown, it doesn’t match my skin tone, blah, blah blah”……Just rock it!

    • c0c0puffz

      Try a matte red lip color. It’s not as bold and shiny. Make sure your lips are exfoliated, put on Chapstick before applying. Try NYX Monte Carlo matte lipgloss or Mac Ruby Woo.