Red lips are a classic and sexy color choice that a lot of ladies love — and a lot of ladies fear. Red lips can be bold, subdued, sexy or chic, depending on the shade you choose to wear. Many women think they have to be a movie star or a super confident sex pot to rock red lips. The truth is though, every woman who desires to wear red lipstick CAN wear it, and look good wearing it too! It’s all about how you apply it, having the confidence to wear it out and choosing the right shade.
Red lipstick comes in all different shades. There are bright reds, deep reds, pinkish reds, golden reds, brown-reds, orange-reds, sheer reds and many colors in between. The biggest trick to being able to wear red lipstick is finding the best shade for you. There are a couple cut and dry rules for choosing a shade but I say just find one that lights up your face when you wear it.
If bright bold red is too much for you, try a muted red or a sheer red instead. Cool toned ladies and ladies with pale skin tend to look amazing in true reds, blue based reds and bright reds. Warmer toned ladies can benefit from reds with a gold, orange or burgundy tone to them. Tan skinned ladies usually look good in just about any shade of red regardless of their skin undertone, but in my opinion, look best in bright or deep reds. Pink based reds most often look best on people with less pigmentation in their lips as these tend to turn fuchsia on pigmented lips.
If you’re having trouble choosing the right color of red for you, ask a friend or someone who’s opinion you trust if a shade looks good on you. Often times a color does look good on us but we are just too shy or nervous to feel good about wearing it. Experiment with different tones and finishes and I can almost guarantee you will find a red that works for you. The more you wear a red that looks great on you, the more confident you will become in wearing them in public. Unless, of course, you just plain don’t like red lipstick.
Once you find your perfect shade of red it’s important to know how to apply it. Red lipstick can be tricky because they are usually very pigmented and can feather, smear, stain the skin, or end up on your teeth. There are ways to apply them to minimize these drawbacks.
First, you will need to apply a lip liner. Starting with a lip liner can reduce feathering and bleeding. A red lip liner that matches your lipstick will work just fine but I prefer to use a clear or flesh colored lip liner instead. Carefully lining around your lips with a clear or flesh colored lip liner will help lock the color in so it doesn’t migrate outside of your natural lip line.
I always use a lip brush when applying red lipstick as well. It’s not really a requirement, but it makes it easier and looks much cleaner and crisp. A lip brush can allow you to follow the natural contour of your lip much better to avoid any mistakes that can be hard to remove when using red lipstick.
Red lipstick often wears off quickly or fades away leaving you with blotchy fuchsia stained lips. You can look for a long wearing lip color to make it last longer. Or try the blot method for some extra staying power. Blotting helps the red pigment sink into your lips and ensures a longer lasting color. Start by applying a layer of your favorite red lipstick. Use a paper towel and blot your lips. I avoid using toilet paper or tissue that leaves lint behind. Apply your lipstick again.
An easy trick to avoid the dreaded lipstick on your teeth is to use the finger method. After applying your lipstick, put your (clean) index finger into your mouth and gently wrap your lips around it creating a seal. Pull your finger out of your mouth. Most of the time your finger will be covered in a ring of red lipstick. That lipstick probably would have ended up on your teeth at some point and now it won’t. Try to avoid biting or chewing on your lips as well.
Red lips can require a lot of maintenance and tedious application but the look is so sexy, that in my opinion, it’s worth the extra steps it takes to achieve the perfect red lip!