08/24/2011 12:21 pm ET | Updated Oct 24, 2011

Red Ravishing Lips

Red lipstick is arguably the most powerful product in your makeup bag. It has the ability to bring instant life to your face and ensemble. Just like wearing a colorful handbag or pair of shoes, vibrant red lips can be a major statement-making accessory.

From cool to warm shades, there is a hue for every skin tone. If you have fair skin, stick to blue-based colors that are true reds. Avoid shades that are too orange or pink. Deep wines, mauves and roses with a hint of orange work best against medium skin tones. When it comes to dark skin tones, almost any type of red works--opt for darker hues like plum and stay away from anything that looks too pink.

Checkout these crimson-lipped ladies for some red-hot inspiration: