How to pull off bold, red lips

photo Red, Red, Red by Clinique

Like the little black dress, red lipstick is a tried-and-true part of the arsenal of beauty. It is no wonder that both, along with classic pearls, were staples of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.

"Red lipstick is an alluring statement of elegance," said Eleni Tingirou, manager of the Chanel counter at Belk at Hamilton Place. "It is very glamorous and makes a woman feel powerful."

Red lipstick, however, can also be intimidating. What shade works best, how to apply and how to avoid crossing that fine line between looking like a glamour puss and a sad-clown hooker?

But fear not. Anyone can pull off a gorgeous red lip. It just takes a careful hand, a little bit of forethought and a whole lot of attitude.