Everyone secretly wants to wear red lips, but most feel it always looks to harsh when they apply their red lipstick! How can you creep up to wearing a full on red lip? First and foremost you need to moisturize and exfoliate your lips. If you have very dry or chapped lips, first exfoliate with a brand new toothbrush and warm water or try Smashbox's Emulsion Lip Exfoliant. Afterwards, put an intense lip balm on and leave for 5-10 minutes. At this time, blot your lips with a soft tissue to remove most of the lip balm. Take your pointer finger, and rub it directly on the lipstick. Start pressing your finger into your lips, patting from the bottom lip and pressing your lips together. What you are creating is a red lip stain you are literally melting into your lips. You will have the red tint, without the intensity or dryness of the lipstick. Enjoy!