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Spring beauty: Bright lipstick shades in warm red, poppy pink, tangerine and coral.
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updated 3/20/2012 9:59:57 AM ET 2012-03-20T13:59:57

Bright lips are just so right for now! They are modern, fresh, youthful, and brighten your whole face. My favorite part about a bright lip is that it takes only five seconds to swipe on, but it makes a huge impact.

For so many seasons, we have seen amazing, bright colors make their way onto the runway in terms of clothes, but now they are getting incorporated into makeup, which is very exciting! I think women are getting a little more adventurous with color. For so long, it was about that nude, natural looking lip. What women are realizing now is that wearing a bright lip brightens the whole face.

Four steps to putting lipstick correctly:

  1. Make sure that your lips are soft and smooth. Start by using a gentle lip scrub or a baby's toothbrush to exfoliate, then follow with a moisturizing lip balm.
  2. Apply a lip primer to help the color go on smoothly. It will allow the lip product to go on evenly and stay color true all day.
  3. I like to line the lips with a lip liner that matches your lip tone. This is especially helpful if your lips are smaller, or if you have any fine lines around the mouth. Want to make your lips look fuller? Instead of defining the cupid's bow, connect the two peaks with the liner. Also lip liner will prevent lip color from feathering and seeping into any fine lines and wrinkles.
  4. Fill in the lips with your lip color, either straight from the tube, or with a lip brush for more precision. You can also pat the color into your lips using your finger to create a beautiful, sheer wash of color.
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Lipstick shade no. 1: Mally Beauty red lip kit in warm red, $18
With a warm skin tone, this amazing, fire engine red makes for a totally modern look! If you have a cooler skin tone, go for more of a raspberry red.

Lipstick shade no. 2: MAC impassioned, $14.50
This bright poppy-pink is perfect if you have a warm skin tone. If you have a cool skin tone and want to go for a bright pink lip, try a great fuchsia instead.

Lipstick shade no. 3: CoverGirl stunner, $8.49
I love the way this bright tangerine looks on a warm skin tone. The warmth of the tangerine shade can help bring out the warmth in the skin, giving you that amazing, healthy glow!

Lipstick shade no. 4: J. Crew Poppy King, $18
Coral is a great go-to bright lip color if you are unsure of your skin's undertones because it is universally flattering! It's the perfect balance of warm and cool.

Video: Bring on the bold with bright lipstick colors

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    >>> morning on "today's beauty," lipstick for spring. the change in the seasons is ushering changes in style, including in your makeup, so bright , bold colors are not only dominating fashion trends , but also lips as well. mali macall is a makeup artist . it's such a pleasure to see you.

    >> love you.

    >> i love you, as well.

    >> so listen i can understand wearing bright colors in our clothing. but man, it's going to be hard to pull off these bright colors on our lips. yes, no?

    >> no, i love it. again it's a great pop of color . it's going to make you look alive , fresh and awake. really there's just four little tips that you need to know to wear a bright red lip or a bright colored lip. it's all about scrubbing. make sure your lips look nice and healthy and smooth. no crusty --

    >> you mean exfoliation?

    >> yes, a little scrubbing. exfoliation is great for that. then prime the lips. make sure they're nice and smooth .

    >> like you would a car?

    >> exactly. you got it. fill it with a lip liner that is close to your lip tone. instead of that bright lip so you don't look like mr. potato head where you slap it on there. nice, nude lip and fill in the color . and then grab your color , which is very important.

    >> okay.

    >> we're talking about many different colors.

    >> exactly.

    >> and one of the big colors is coral .

    >> yes.

    >> and we are going to take a look at a lot of coral , including one being worn by brady.

    >> gorgeous little brady. and again, guys, coral is a great color to wear if you're not sure which one. because it's a perfect balance between cool and warm. so there's like -- it's a little bit orangey but there's a tint to it. so you get that great sort of even balance , and you know it's going to look great on you no matter what. and this is a really good color , too, if you don't know exactly what your tone is. cool tone, warm tone, this one's going to work on everybody.

    >> really? that's a very interesting -- well i like it. do you like it?

    >> yes.

    >> not just for special occasions.

    >> everyday. exactly. that's what we're saying.

    >> it's about doing it for every day. it's about training your eye to know that you can say, you know what? this used to be just for night time. this is for every single day as long as the rest of the face is nice and soft and balanced.

    >> not everybody knows whether true red is good for everybody. let's take a look at true red and our model for that is michelle.

    >> good morning.

    >> gorgeous miss michelle. this is a bright , true red but again it's very, very easy to wear. again, remember the rest of the face needs to look nice and soft. okay. really make that lip the star. and another big thing i want to say always is everyone always says redheads should definitely not wear red. no way, honey. you own it you get that beautiful , beautiful face. make sure the skin looks beautiful and fresh, that's important. because when you're looking at that beautiful mouth you want to make sure the rest of your face is beautiful .

    >> i can tell you from experience, always make sure you wipe your teeth when you use true red.

    >> we were all kind of doing that.

    >> you're fine, however.

    >> don't you worry.

    >> with our next color which is fuchsia and we have as our model crystal. good morning.

    >> gorgeous miss crystal. and again, fuchsia is great, i've got to tell you the best thing about fuchsia , make sure your teeth are bright white. and again remember this, it's all about that beautiful soft color , make sure your lips look nice and smooth . and if your skin is a little bit cooler, obviously she's warm, go for a bit of a bluer fuchsia . not scary blue, obviously. but just a little bit more blue to it. this is a warmer fuchsia , but the really does give her a beautiful , soft color .

    >> you mentioned scary because fuchsia is something that's harder -- a color that's harder to wear. that's where this lip liner is very important.

    >> exactly.

    >> matches your lip tone.

    >> so you can pull it off.

    >> all right. and finally, our color is red/orange.

    >> yes.

    >> and give us a look at that we've got angela.

    >> yes.

    >> angela with a gorgeous red/orange again. keep the rest of the face soft. when you're wearing something this sort of a pop of color , make it the star. a little bit of eye liner is fine. a little mascara , make sure you do your brows. but really look at that beautiful lip.

    >> gorgeous.

    >> thank you so much. malley you made us all feel like we can be bold.

    >> that's it. and again, it's about training your eye. it's about just saying you know what? i can do this. have the confidence and go out and do it.

    >> okay, okay.

    >> do it i'm ready for

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  1. Trend to try now: Tangerine lipstick

    Citrus-toned lipstick is having quite a moment — and with good reason! Tangerine is the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year. But there are certain things to keep in mind if you're want to try out Jennifer Hudson's look. "Orange can be the hardest to wear of all the bright colors," said makeup artist Melanie Inglessis, who works with Lea Michele and Olivia Wilde. Keep reading to find out how tangerine can work for you.

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  2. Keep the rest of your face natural

    "Unless you're channeling the '80s, stay away from bright eye shadows when wearing an orange lip," said Inglessis, who advises using earthy neutrals like Brooklyn Decker. "Keep makeup looking natural, and switch your blush for a light dusting of all-over bronzer." (Hannes Magerstaedt / Getty Images.via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Find your perfect tangerine: dark hair and skin

    If you have coloring similar to Solange Knowles, Inglessis advises looking for a bold tangerine with blue undertones. "The vivid color really pops against darker skin tones." We like MAC Tendertone lip balm in Purring ($15; maccosmetics.com), a cool-toned orange that won't dry your lips.

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  4. Find your perfect tangerine: Fair hair and skin

    People with fair skin and light hair like Kristen Bell should opt for peach-toned oranges. "Softer hues are more complimentary for those with fair skin and blond hair," Inglessis said. "Look for a light coral or peach shade you can layer." Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt ($32; chanel.com) looks bright in the tube, but it imparts a sheer wash of true coral on the lips. (Jesse Grant / WireImage via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Find your perfect tangerine: Dark hair and fair skin

    "True orange lipstick is stunning on brunettes and people with dark hair," Inglessis said. If you have chestnut strands like Emmy Rossum, keep in mind that your hue should have yellow or red undertones. We love Shiseido's Perfect Rouge in Day Lily ($25; shiseido.com).

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  6. Find your perfect tangerine: Red hair and fair skin

    Redheads like Coco Rocha can wear orange too! To avoid looking washed out, blend a bit of lipstick onto the apples of your cheeks. "Auburns should also skip matte, powdery finishes as they create a more doll-like appearance," Inglessis said. Shiseido's Shimmering Rouge in Mango ($25; shiseido.com) is super-hydrating with its creamy texture. (Cindy Ord / Getty Images via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. What to wear

    Take a tip from Ciara, who paired her tangerine lip with a cutout LBD. "Darker-colored dresses look better with punchy oranges," Inglessis said. "Bright colors like bright blue or green can look clownish and would overpower the citrus hue."

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  8. Great lipstick find

    Inglessis is a fan of the atomic Illamasqua Lipstick in Flare ($22; sephora.com). "With a color this bright, I wouldn't match the lip liner," she advised. "Instead, trace lips with a nude pencil to avoid clashing." (Inglessis / Instyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Great lip gloss

    For neon novices, Le Metier de Beaute's lip gloss in Orange Juiced ($32; neimanmarcus.com) is a high-shine glaze that doesn't intimidate.

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