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The 9 Tips You Need To Help You Rock A Red Lip!

red lipstick

Talk of the perfect red lip will definitely increase around the time of Valentine’s Day. Doing it the Parisiennes way means that you go bare-faced, with air-dried hair and the perfect red pout. Little else is needed. Perhaps you do not have to go completely bare-faced or to actually leave your hair wind-blown, but you definitely need a red lip on Valentine’s Day. If you’re the type of person who shies away from red lipstick here are a few tips to help you master the red lip as if you were naturally born with it. 


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1 || Lipliners Are Your Friends

Always start with a red liner, and color in the whole lip for added staying power. Aim to find a shade that matches your lipstick but it’s not a must.


NARS Nihiwatu Velvet Lip Liner
NARS Nihiwatu Velvet Lip Liner


2 || Match It To Your Coloring 

Skintone plays a major role in determining the red lipstick shade to choose. Blue-red lipsticks like the one by Guerlain look great on people with cool skin tones, and they actually make the teeth appear whiter, whereas orange-reds like the one from Pat McGrath look great with a tan. A simple test to help you determine your coloring is to look inside your wrists; if you have blue veins you’re cool toned while green-veined people are warm.


Pat McGrath Labs Matte
Pat McGrath Labs Matte Trance Lipstick in Obsessed
Guerlain Kiss Kiss
Guerlain Kiss Kiss Creamy Satin Finish Lipstick in Rouge Kiss


3 || Daytime Vs. Nighttime

This one’s probably a no-brainer but we all need the reminder. If you’re wearing your red lip during the day keep the rest of the face simple and toned down. Aim to apply a sheer or a softer shade of red for the day. For nights out you can get away with a deep matte red, smokey eyes, or a winged liner, actually you can get away with almost anything.


rihanna red lipstick


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4 || Take In Your Whole Look

When wearing red lips you need to asses your whole look. The color of your outfit, your accessories and how you do your hair. Traditionally, a red lip works great with an all-black outfit, a crisp white shirt, or a red outfit. However, it is better to experiment and to clash your red lip with other colors; think purple or green for example.


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5 || Thin Lips

If you have thin lips avoid deep reds as they tend to make your lips look even smaller.


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6 || Choose The Right Red

Before buying your next red lipstick make sure to try it on… for hours. Lipstick tends to change color on your lips for a number of reasons. Your skin’s pH might effect it, or your may have very pigmented lips. However, if you’re stuck with a red you don’t quite like don’t throw it out just yet; top it with gold gloss to warm it or add pink lipstick or gloss to make it more blue. The below picks are universally flattering and you can’t go wrong.


dior red lipstick
Dior Rouge Lipstick in 999
mac red lipstick
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo


7 || Texture 

For those still reluctant to wear a deep matte red number, a sheer texture feels less of a commitment. A sheer red is also a great way of wearing daytime red lipstick. You can also minimise the effect of a red lip by applying lip balm first and then dabbing the color on your lips using your fingers for a blurred or a stained effect.


bobbi brown
Bobbi Brown Soft Shine Lip Color in Retro Red
clinique red lipstick
Clinique Chubby Stick in Coming Up Rosy


8 || Prevent Bleeding

Apply a little concealer around the border of your lips to prevent your lipstick from bleeding.


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9 || Blush & Bronzer

Confused as to which blushes work best with red lipsticks? Yes it could get slightly confusing. As a general rule, the red lip overpowers everything; but if you need some blush aim to add a soft pink which would give you a slight flush that will not compete with your lipstick. As for bronzers; choose matte and not shimmery when pairing with red lips.


Tarte Cosmetics Blush
Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Nars Blush in Impassioned
Nars Blush in Impassioned
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer


More Iconic Red Lipsticks


Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored
Nars Velvet Matte Lip
Maybelline New York Color
Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red
MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red
Sephora Collection
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
Hourglass Opaque Rouge
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