How to Get Sexy Lips

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A nude pout is sexy now. To get it, go peach rather than beige (which can appear corpselike). Here's what works with your skin tone.

Fair to Medium Skin

To keep your lips from disappearing into your pale complexion, steer clear of anything matte or sheer. An opaque gloss — in peach or peachy-pink — is your best bet, says celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada. For maximum impact, pair with lightly bronzed skin.

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Try: Lorac Lip Polish in Beauty, $17.50; sephora.com.

Olive Skin

You've got enough color in your complexion to get away with using a more traditional, taupe-y shade on your mouth, explains Maulawizada. But slicking on a gloss or a creamy lipstick with peachy undertones will have the added benefit of brightening your entire complexion — and will keep the look from getting too severe. Complement low-key lips with eyeliner or smoky shadow.

Try: Laura Mercier Lip Colour in Discretion, lauramercier.com.

Dark Skin

To create a nude mouth that doesn't look too white or ashy against your dark skin, apply a peachy-brown, slightly shimmery gloss, says Maulawizada. The natural color in your lips plus the slight tint of the gloss will give your pucker the perfect finish: understated, yet still red-carpet-ready. Complete the look with slightly dewy makeup and a light, allover dusting of shimmer powder.

Try: YSL Smoothing Lip Gloss in Skin Caress, at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

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