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Get the Look: Ashley Madekwe’s Signature Bold Lips

There’s no doubt that Ashley Madekwe’s star is quickly rising to the top of the Hollywood hot list. "Glamour" magazine named the star of the ABC hit show "Revenge" one of Hollywood’s “Next Big Things.” The British actress has also been featured in several publications for her incredible personal style, which she blogs about on her site Ring My Bell. And while I do love Ashley’s chic fashion sense, it was the bold lip colors she sported all season long on- and off-screen that had me hitting the beauty counter. From show-stopping reds to neon pink, we’re giving you tips and tricks to create a star-worthy pout of your own.

Ashley rocks a fuchsia pout at the 2013 College Television Awards. Photo courtesy s_bukley /
A vampy lip adds sex appeal to Ashley's look at the "Harper's Bazaar" celebration of "The Dukes of Melrose" in West Hollywood. Photo courtesy s_bukley /

1. Keep All Other Makeup Minimal
When you’re rocking a lip color this fierce, it’s best to let your mouth do the talking. Keep all other makeup subdued. I love that Ashley’s look uses a matte, neutral eyeshadow, but highlights the eyes with a little bit of liquid eyeliner. Her winged out liner keeps her eyes open and awake without taking attention away from a bright lip. To copy Ashley’s cat-eye look we love Almay’s Liquid Eyeliners.

2. Create a Long-Lasting Lip Color
Anyone can slap on some lipstick and call it good, but the reason Ashley’s pout is so fantastic is the rich, opaque color that looks like it could last all night. For long-lasting lip color, start by exfoliating lips to remove the dead skin. This can be done with a sugar scrub, a wet washcloth, or even an old toothbrush. Next, line lips in color that coordinates with your lipstick. Lip liner may seem like a technique from the '90s, but as long as your shades are similar, the liner will keep your lipstick from running out of place and you cause a strange, oh-so-fake outline. Then use your lip liner to fill in the lips. This will make your lip color look extra rich. Next, dab a little translucent powder over the lips for staying power and fill in with your choice of lipstick. For Ashley’s fuchsia lips try Clinique's Chubby Stick Moisturizing Color Balm in Woppin' Watermelon. Or try Ashley’s vampy red lip look with Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Dragon.

3. Illuminate
Finally, create an overall glow with some well-placed illuminating makeup. Apply a little bit of highlighter, like NARS blush in Albatross, across the cheekbones and just underneath the brow bone.  This will give you a dewy, camera-ready look and will let your bold lips shine.

Hayley Mason

Haley served as the associate beauty editor for DivineCaroline (now after graduating college with a degree in journalism. Sephora has nothing on the number of color tubes that are jammed into her bathroom cabinet! She's a product junkie who loves trying out new and outrageous trends. She's lived on three continents and dreams of reporting on global beauty news.

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