The Best Red Carpet Lipstick Under $20

It turns out, the perfect shade of red is M.A.C.’s cult classic Lipstick ($16) in Russian Red. And the secret to the shiny finish and sharp outline? Tinted lip balm and Q-tips!Makeup artist Andre Sarmiento (he’s oft responsible for Kate Bosworth’s bright pout on the red carpet) made the matte texture modern by adding a thick layer of Fresh’s Rose Tinted Balm ($23) on top. “It deepens the color and is more comfortable than matte,” he told us.Sarmiento’s tips for pulling off a bold hue? “Make sure your lip line is clean,” he told us. “If a bold lip is perfectly applied, it looks chic and expensive. Use Q-Tips ($4) dipped in moisturizer to clean up your lip line after you apply your color, then apply concealer around the lips for that crisp finish.”