Don't pair a bold lip with a smoky eye; don't line both your top and bottom lids; don't wear red lipstick if you have red hair—blah, blah. You've heard these makeup mandates since you first started wearing it, but here's a little newsflash: Some rules really are meant to be broken. And in fact, these acts of rebellion can up your beauty game if you know how to werk them. Here, tips from celebrity makeup artist Tomy Rivero for the win.More
A redhead in red lipstick is an image that conjures the same cringe factor as the pleated khaki. But in reality, redheads rock the color, says Rivero. "When a redhead wears a balanced shade of red, it can be the perfect combination of sophistication and contrast between her hair, lips, and skin," he says.
Generally, brick reds flatter women with dark red hair, while pink-based reds pop on light red-to-strawberry-blondes, says Rivero.
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While the two-tone look is thought to be a trend best left in 1982, wearing different colors on the top and bottom lids "can be a very modern way to use color without overwhelming the eyes," says Rivero.
To keep things cohesive, he recommends applying shades with the same undertone. Swipe the more intense color along the top lid and the lighter one along the bottom.