If you delight in the exhilaration of pulling off a bold lip in full stop red, then you’re likely aware that this is not the shade for the half-committed. Those who put in an extra minute of of prep time will reap the rewards: a perfectly shaped lip line, a pucker that’s soft and full, and color that lasts.

Not sure where to start but ready to take notes and conquer? Cue expert makeup artist Violette, a French creative who has found an avid fanbase in team Barneys. She’s got the tools, tricks, and tips you need to get the striking look down like a pro.

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