That killer red dress you have hanging in your closet is crying out for sizzling makeup to match. But if you think painting on a sexy crimson pout is your only option, think again -- a lighter lipstick alternative just might be your prettiest play.

Fresh, Bold and Beautiful

According to celebrity makeup artists, the color red is so eye-catching that matching your lips to your bright red frock could border on overkill. Let your dress take center stage by opting for a nude lip. A neutral beige lipstick with just a drop of peach or pink gives a freshness to your look, offsetting the boldness of your scarlet dress. If your heart is set on matching your smile to your sheath, avoid a color clash by keeping the pigment light with a gloss instead of lipstick. A sheer blue-red shade flatters most skin tones and a dollop of clear or gold-flecked gloss in the middle adds a subtle shimmer.