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How to Wear Red Lipstick

Notorious for being hard to wear, red lipstick is one particular product many women shy away from. However, anyone can pull off the look with a little know-how and the right shade.

Keep reading to learn how you can wear red lipstick without looking like a clown!

Avoid Too Much Makeup

layers of make up

When wearing red lipstick, it’s important to keep the rest of your
makeup neutral. This saves you from looking overdone and allows your
lips to be the focal point of your look (that’s the whole point of
wearing such a daring shade, anyway!)

Forget the eyeliner, but add a swipe or two of mascara and wear a
neutral eyeshadow. Feel free to wear a little blush, but avoid garish
colors — they will clash with your lipstick.

Lip Liner is Key

Lip Liner

I found out the hard way that red lipstick likes to bleed. Avoid this
embarrassing mistake altogether by filling in lips with a lip liner
that’s close to the natural shade of your lips. This will ensure that
the red lipstick will go on smoothly and not bleed into the corners of
your mouth. Plus, the lip liner also serves as a base to help hold color
in place.

Color, Color, Color


Yes, red lipstick can be scary — but not if you know which
shades will look best for your complexion! Pale ladies or those who have
pink tones to their skin would look smashing with reds that are more
plum colored, while women who have yellow tones to their skin will look
great with a red shade that has a brown base.

Women with darker tones will look gorgeous with a pinkish red or a
shade with orange tones. For Asian women, try a lipstick that has shades
of plum, cherry, or raspberry.

In short, cool skin tones would benefit from cool shades while darker
skin tones will look beautiful with a warmer red. You may have to try a
few lipsticks before you find the one that works well for your skin
tone, but trust me — you can pull it off!

If you find yourself getting discouraged, try blending a few red
lipsticks together to find a shade that works for you. That’s what I
ended up doing, and I found my perfect shade of red lipstick this way.

If you’ve always shied away from wearing red lipstick, face your
fears and try it on! These tips should help you pull off this daring

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