How to Wear Red Lipstick

December 11, 2007 by Kristie Leong MD  
Published in Makeup

Red lipstick is quite trendy this year. Here’s how to wear red lipstick successfully.

Red lipstick has made a comeback and its making a fashion statement everywhere from the Paris runways to the boardroom. There’s nothing that can light up your face more than brightly colored lips. On the other hand, red lips that are overwhelmingly brilliant can look a bit overpowering which is why caution is in order when choosing and applying red lipstick. Here are some red lipstick tips that’ll help you apply this trendy lip color perfectly:

How to wear red lipstick: Choose the right shade of red

Consider your underlying skin tone when choosing a red lipstick. If your base skin color has yellow tones, you’ll look best in a warmer red shade with some brown undertones. A brick shade of red might be a good choice. If your underlying skin has pink or red undertones, you’ll want to lean towards reds with a pink or blue base. The shade of red lipstick you choose can make all the difference you whether you can wear red lipstick successfully. If in doubt about your color choice, seek the consultation of a professional at a reputable makeup counter.

How to wear red lipstick: Don’t overdo the rest of your makeup.

Red lipstick makes a strong statement. The secret to carrying off this look is to keep the rest of your makeup simple. When you’re boldly emphasizing the lips, you don’t want to go overboard with the eye makeup and blush or you’ll end up looking like a clown. If lips are bright, they should be the focus of the face.

How to wear red lipstick: Apply it correctly.

Start with a lip moisturizer first. Then apply a thin layer of foundation and powder on your lips to help set your red lipstick and allow it to last longer. Lightly line your lips with a lip pencil in a shade similar to your red lipstick. Apply your red lip color lightly to your lips. With a red shade, it’s important that you apply a thin coat so your look won’t be too overwhelming. Applying red lipstick with a makeup brush helps to ensure a light, even application. Lightly blot your lips with a tissue. Apply a second light coat of red lipstick and you’re ready to go.

How to wear red lipstick: Choose a more subtle look.

If you find the look of a red lipstick to be too overwhelming, opt for a more subtle lip gloss. This can give you a more subtle note of red that can be less intimidating. Save your red lipstick for evening wear or for special occasions. Remember, it can take some time to get used to a new makeup look.

Yes, you can wear lipstick if you choose your shade wisely and apply it carefully. Use these red lipstick tips to guide you in choosing and applying a shade that will give you the elegant look you’re after.

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  1. Reena Says:

    I used to feel jealous of my friend who looked great with red lipstick. Later, I realized that it has something to do with my undertone. had a yellow undertone while she has a pinkish undertone. I now know how to shop for the right lipstick color. I haven’t had any problems since. :) I prefer matte red lipsticks, although the gloss kinda makes you look more juicy. LOL.


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