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There’s no time more befitting to try a bold, red lipstick for the first time, or put a spin on your go-to rouge, quite like the festive season. Sharp, sexy and statement making, a classic crimson pout can take you from afternoon get-togethers to Christmas parties with the swipe of a bullet. Whether it’s adding sparkle, playing up your eyes or stepping up your prep – upgrade your red lip look for the holidays with these IT-girl approved rules.

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#1 Play up your eyes
The classic make-up rule of choosing a statement eye or lip, but never both has it’s place, but the festive season isn’t it. Take your make-up match-up cue from Lily Collins, by pairing a crimson pout with complementary berry softly swept across your lids and lower lash line.  Red2
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#2 Clash your colours

Don’t feel you have to restrict red lips to monochromatic outfits and neutral ensembles, they pair back perfectly against bright colours. Case in point? Adwoa Aboah, didn’t let a lime green dress scare her away from a brick red pout.
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#3 Add some sparkle
How to instantly add a festive feel to a crimson pout? Dust some champagne eye shadow trough the inner corners of your eyesRed1Credit: Getty Images

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#4 Watch your waterline
If party-season commitment are starting to catch up with your appearance, make like Sienna Miller and swipe some flesh-tones eyeliner through your waterline. It’s ability to wake up tired eyes, deflect redness and brighten the face is unparalleled. 
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#5 Don’t forget your brows
A bold red lipstick should be the focus of your beauty look, without over powering. Balance out a crimson pout with filled-in, defined brows.Red4
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