There is something special about the red lipstick. Red is a powerful color and stands for confidence. Many women wear the red lipstick as their signature color. Others flaunt a red pout only on special occasions. The most important thing is to find the shade of red that flatters your skin complexion the most. There are multiple shades of red, from bright coral reds to deeper burgundy tones. You don’t have to stick to one shade. Feel free to pick more and wear them with different makeup looks.
Opposite of what the majority thinks, you can wear the red lipstick in many ways. The classic cat eye paired with red pout is always a winning combination. If your eyeliner game isn’t that strong you could skip the cat eye. Just get a pair of dramatic falsies that will accent your eyes and you are ready to turn heads. Many women are afraid to combine the red lipstick with heavier eye makeup. We have to agree that this lip color is a bit riskier and you should be very careful. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t experiment. Warm brown, bronze and orange tones on the eyes go seamlessly with a red lipstick. Additionally, royal blue and turquoise look insanely beautiful on red lips. These makeup looks are very daring and require a bold personality to pull them off. If you want to keep the accent on the lips, you could still use these shades but with a lighter touch of your blending brush.
The red lipstick is a go-to shade to many celebrities for glamorous events. Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, and Gwen Stefani are hardly ever leaving the house without their signature red lipstick. Many other celebrities are also a major inspiration on how to wear this vibrant color.
Feast your eyes on these mesmerizing celebrity makeup looks and get ready to wear the red lipstick on a whole new level.
We’ve looked across different stores, and at different brands, to find all the best red lipsticks on the market for women with fair, medium and dark skin tones! After all, there isn’t just one perfect red. Every woman has that one shade of red that is perfect for her – and might look awful on the unfortunate friend, who tries to borrow it.
The key to choosing the best red lipstick for you is to identify your skin’s undertone, as well as keep in mind how dark your skin is. After all, a red lipstick that might look beautiful and rich on someone with an olive complexion might be too dark and gothy on someone with pale, cool-toned skin.
So from light to dark, and for all undertones, here are the best red lipsticks for that sexy look you crave!
Best Red Lipsticks for Fair Skin Tones
When you have fair skin, nothing is easier than throwing on a red lipstick and calling it a day. Like magic, a great red lipstick will transform your look from dull to fabulous. For fair skin, the best red lipsticks would brighten your skin tone, and really call attention to your gorgeous lips.
It’s safer to stay away from dark maroon-reds, since they may end up registering as gothy. For pale chicks with cool undertones, it’s generally better to stick to blue-pink based red lipsticks.
However, if your skin leans toward neutral or warm, you can also get away with some fiery orange-reds! The key is not to overdo the rest of your makeup, because those reds really stand out.
#1: Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Carina’s Love
Available at Charlotte Tilbury, this gorgeous blue-red is the perfect color for any pale complexion with cool undertones. It’s not too dark to overwhelm, but it’s just dark enough for a bit of that danger that a great red lipstick inspires.
This red lipstick has a semi-matte finish, with 3D glowing pigments that give a luminous sheen. A blend of natural oils and extracts will keep your lips soft and smooth, throughout the day – and we guarantee it’ll last that long. For a classic look, pair it with a winged black eyeliner.
#2: MAC Ruby Woo
Is it a cliché to have a classic? You’ve likely already heard of the MAC Ruby Woo red lipstick, but it is undeniably one of the best red lipsticks ever made. It’s another one for the cool-toned ladies, because it’s got just a bit of blue-pink and a whole lot of glam.
No surprise, seeing it as a favorite of burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese.
Available at Nordstrom, this is the kind of lipstick you should let take center stage, so keep the rest of your makeup light with a bit of rosy blush, and brown eyeliner.
#3: Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Ruby Rush
Want ruby lips, ready to be kissed? This lipstick is a bright, perfect red shade that will grab everyone’s attention. It’s neutral enough, so could be worn by a lady with both warm and cool skin undertones.
Retailing at Nordstrom, it has a velvety sheen, and wouldn’t be out of place at any bar this summer. Because it’s not too dark, you could actually play up the eyes while wearing it – if you dare. For a night on the town, try wearing it with a smokey eye!
#4: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Rouge Charnel 56
This apple red lipstick gleams on the lips, with a hint of pink that complements alabaster skin so beautifully. A matte finish that is somehow still moisturizing keeps you looking classy and elegant. Buy one for you at Chanel!
#5: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick Impassioned
Available at Nordstrom, Impassioned is an orangey-red that we’ll be the first to admit: it’s hard to pull off. But if you have the perfect combination of sandy-pale skin and bright white teeth, then boy does this lipstick make a statement! It’s creamy and long lasting, with a one-sweep coverage, and a soft shine. You can play this one safe with matte eye look, or be daring with a jewel-toned eye.
#6: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Santa Sangre
This red lipstick could have been bright and in your face, but because of a matte finish it actually ends ups registering as much more sophisticated. Available at Sephora, it’s perfect for any lady with fair skin, and golden undertones.
Ask any Kat Von D devotee, and they will rave about the incredible staying power of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick range, and the fact that thanks to Vitamin E and sunflower seed wax it leaves their lips feeling soft and hydrated by the end of the day. It’s an attention grabbing apple-red, with a warm undertone that’d be perfectly paired with a peachy blush and a soft, natural eye.
#7: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Rouge Laque
Nothing beats YSL’s classy packaging and high-quality products. Available at Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, this lip-stain is one of the few high-gloss red lipsticks on this list, and for a great reason! It lasts ages and has a buildable color opacity, and if you don’t like the shine? Well, just blot it. Rouge Laque is a red that leans toward orange, so it’s more suited for those whose fair skin leans toward neutral-warm.
Best Red Lipsticks for Medium Skin Tones
Medium skin tones can get away with a lot – both darker and brighter red lipsticks look great. Because red lipsticks rarely run the risk of overwhelming your face, you can still have fun with your blush, contour, and eye makeup even while wearing a loud red lip.
Cool medium skin tones are fairly rare, and should definitely stick to blue-based red lipsticks. However, while most people with medium complexions tend to lean towards a warm undertone, that doesn’t mean they have to stay away from cool toned red lipsticks.
Unless your skin leans very heavily towards yellow or olive, you can get away with almost anything! The best red lipsticks for medium skin tones are as diverse as the women that have medium skin! Wear a true red for a sexy evening look, burgundy red for a sophisticated look, or a bright orange-red for a fun day out.
#8: MAC Russian Red Lipstick
How can I make a list of the best red lipsticks without including MAC Russian Red? While this color is almost universally flattering, those with medium-cool skin benefit the most from it. The slight blue undertone, and sexy medium-dark hue make it the perfect match for any nighttime event. Pair it with a soft brown smokey eye for a truly seductive look. Get one from Selfridges!
#9: Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro The Red
This red really pops! It’s an almost perfect neutral, with just a hint of a cool undertone that would flatter just about anyone. The finish is a creamy velvet, and the color is so bold and bright that adding any gloss on top would be a crime. This lipstick begs for a winged liner look, so practice your stroke! Buy it at Giorgio Armani Beauty!
#10: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard
I was surprised by the amazing reviews that Napa Vineyard gets, since Burt’s Bees is not especially known for their lipsticks. However, this gorgeous dark red is one of the best red lipsticks around!
Available at Ulta, this lip crayon is filled with shea butter, kendi oil, and jojoba oil, so it’ll hydrate your lips while imparting them with a beautiful rich color. The finish is matte, but not overly so, and the staying power is great.
Its undertone is neutral, leaning towards cool, which actually complements warm skin undertones instead of clashing.
#11: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery
True to their word, Stila makes lipsticks that do not budge. Fiery is a deep, warm red that will bring out all the best in your warm skin tone. It is just bright enough to stand out, and you could easily up the glamour with a swipe of clear lip-gloss.
For everyday wear, just wear it alone and enjoy a matte finish. Try wearing it with a stronger contour and a sweep of gold shadow across the lids, for a mesmerizing look. Get one for you from Sephora!
#12: Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Bond
Available at Macy’s, this is the kind of muted red that is really versatile when you have medium-toned skin. It feels super light on the lips, has a moisturizing, rejuvenating formula, and you won’t have to reapply it for at least 5 hours. Because it’s quite neutral you could wear it with almost any eye look – even a colorful shadow!
#13: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar NSFW
A few years back OCC Lip Tars were all the rage, and we haven’t seen any lip-stain since then that has managed to be simultaneously so light and so long-lasting. A tiny dab of this hemp oil based stain is all it takes for an opaque coverage that’ll last forever.
Available at Nordstrom, NSFW, true to its name, is a smouldering dark red that leans very lightly towards cool. Pair it with a burgundy lip-liner for an ombre effect that, on a medium skin tone, will create some mystery.
Best Red Lipsticks for Dark Skin Tones
The tricky thing with darker complexions is that often red lipsticks don’t necessarily register as red once applied to the lips. However, that doesn’t mean that a traditional red lipstick doesn’t look incredible on women of color! Quite the opposite – a bright red lip looks fun and summery, and a softer red becomes a “my lips but better” color.
However, if you want to get the glamorous effect of a true red lip, some of these red lipsticks will definitely do the trick, despite not looking red in the tube! The lipsticks that will give you that true red effect will usually lean toward a little darker and look a little colder while in the tube.
#14: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquorice
Available at Sephora, this burgundy-red is the perfect complement to a dark skin with cool undertones. The slight warmth of this lipstick, when offset by a cool skin tone, will actually make it stand out in a very flattering way – something that isn’t always true for lighter skin tones.
Its creamy texture and opaque color make it one of the best red lipsticks out there, when it comes to quality. Another bonus? It’s completely safe of any harmful chemicals (it’s even edible!), and is rich in moisturizing plant oils.
#15: Dior Addict Gotha
Available at Nordstrom, this dark raspberry red shines – literally! It has a moisturizing hydra-gel core that conditions the lips, gives a glossy finish, and protects the lipstick from coming off. Because this red isn’t too “in your face”, you could rock it with some black eyeshadow smoked out in the outer corners of the eye.
#16: Nars VIP Red
Available at NARS Cosmetics, this lipstick is a muted, brick-red. Whereas on someone pale this lipstick might be too grunge, on a darker, warm skin tone it’s astounding! It has all the power and pull of a red lipstick, but with an added sophistication that comes from a hint of brown. Pair it with a bronze highlight, and you’re good to go. It’s excellent for day-to-day, since it has a matte finish and is very long lasting.
#17: Make Up For Ever M500
While this lipstick is described as a wine violet, it’s definitely more of a cool burgundy-red. Available at Sephora, it’ll suit both cool and warm undertones, and is the exact shade that will give someone with a dark complexion that pin-up look that only the best red lipsticks can give. You absolutely must pair it with a 1950s style flick of liner.
#18: Iman Moisturizing Luxury Lipstick Scandalous
Available at Drugstore, this ruby red was made with dark skinned ladies in mind. It has a velvety texture, a neutral-cool undertone, and a semi-matte finish. Iman devotees rave about the smooth, hydrating formula, and strong pigmentation. This color will surely make you stand out in a crowd.
#19: Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait
Whereas the Nars VIP Red is all about sophistication, Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait is exactly what you should be wearing to the biggest summer party this year. It is a plummy-red that on a warmer dark skin tone will register as bright and festive. It’s studded with bright red micro-shimmer, which brings all the fun to a rich formula that’ll stay on for the duration of the party. Buy one at Saks Fifth Avenue!
#20: Buxom Red Inferno
Available at Sephora, this blue-based red will register as bright and fun on darker skin! The moisturizing feel, and long-lasting finish make it the perfect statement lip for a summer day.
Photos courtesy of @laurabadura, Sephora, Nordstrom
Gentle and mysterious do much more than boldly in-you-face looks, which means that red lipstick on its own with a touch of smoke to your eyes is perfect for a night on the town! Most importantly you’ll want to learn how to make red lipstick last to enjoy its blinding and flawless look for as long as possible.
Our lips, along with our eyes, make the biggest statement when it comes to putting on some makeup. The general rule of thumb is to either focus your energy on one or the other unless you wish to run the risk of looking like you’ve put on too much and reducing the attractiveness of your facial features.
Not everyone knows how to wear red lipstick well though. Not all of us are as impeccably gorgeous with it as Gwen Stefani, with her snow white skin and bright red lips a signature in the music world. Fire engine red lips they are and you can sport them too.
It doesn’t need much courage to step outside with those lips on display once you grab that and see yourself shining bright through that mirror that never lies. It’s just a matter of taking that first step and receiving that first compliment. After that, it’s smooth sailing for us women.
All you really have to do is find the perfect shade of red that matches you; that includes your skin tone and your hair color, alongside deciding which look best fits your personality.
For blondes, it’s the muted shades with pink, peach and coral undertones that work best. Classic or platinum blondes should go for a more berry or wine tint, as the brighter shades in orange red or scarlet might make one seem vulgar and cheap. The wheat and yellow bases of blonde can pass off the terracotta, Bordeaux and cold berries easily, going for the richer color tints.
Those with tanned skin should opt for purple or orange undertones, while darker skin goes best with the orange reds. Brunettes are lucky as they can pull off most shades of red with ease. Those with rich brown hair should steer clear of raspberry or plum colors though, while burgundy and wine are grand options, as well as berry notes.
Jet black hair looks amazing with fuchsias, plum and bright red tints, while redheads should beware of going too bright or with colder hues, instead opting for corals and warmth. Here, golden lilac, pale pink and pale orange work best, while berry options are universally flattering as well as classy.
But how should you be wearing your red lipstick so that it lasts longest?
Avoid Lip Gloss
While lip gloss is great for added moisture and all that makes your lips pop for a few hours, it is the worst thing you can use as a base when you want the lipstick to last long. Glitter and glossy finishes should be left in the teen section of your nearest Shopper’s Drug Mart’s cosmetics section.
You can, however, decide to use a long wearing adult lip gloss that will in turn give thinner lips a healthier, plumper look, while reducing your commitment to the lovely red you’ve decided to try out for yourself.
Try a Lip Tint
It’s a rather intriguing alternative to a tube of bright red lipstick, as well as something a lot more grown up than lip-gloss. Plus, the gloss gets gunky, it sticks to your hair and can be messy taking off, while the better tasting ones you will most certainly chew your lips for.
Instead, go for the matte version of the color, without all the goo and the added benefits of having lips look bigger, even by a few millimetres. Plus, tints have the same power as gloss to stay put.
Maybe a Lip Balm?
It’s not the first thing that will pop into your mind when you think about wearing long lasting red colors on your lips, but lip balms are actually an amazing alternative to all the rest and are well loved in the beauty department for their finesse. The problem is that you will be applying it several times a day, but it may have SPF, it is a moisturizer and the color often looks better even if it’s not bold or strong.
The softer versions though look rather amazing with this touch. Hey, they even work as blush replacements when cheeks are pale and dry in the middle of winter.
Lip Stains Last Longest
If you want the color on your lips to go for the longest time of period, breaking world records, then stains are your best bet, particularly since they give lipstick effect without the cakey feeling and possible bleeding out of the lines. If you have it applied correctly, stains are the best beauty product you can own.
The problem? It isn’t going to come off with a tissue and a bit of water. On the contrary! So you truly do have to know what you’re doing so that there are no mistakes in application.
Cheap versions should be avoided in any case, as is the rule of thumb with most beauty products, but it should be noted that the look is more subtle, kind of like the tints, the balms and the glosses.
Lipsticks Have the Best Effect
Bold red shades that last long and look great are done with lipsticks in every tint of red available. You choose the one that matches you and ride out with it. There are really long wearing lipsticks but there’s a catch to them: they peel instead of wearing off over time. Plus, you can’t normally wipe these off and will need a makeup remover instead.
You might want to check the reviews of some of those longer wearing lipsticks before actually buying them to ensure the quality meets your standards.
In order to make the red lipstick last longer, you’re going to need a lip pencil in the same shade as the tube, some translucent powder, a blush to apply it and tissue. Make an X on your cupid’s bow and line the whole of your lips filling it all in so that it looks red, matte and perfect.
Use a lipstick brush to apply the lipstick itself for better precision, while a single ply of toilet paper tissue will work best for the application of the powder. Just put the tissue against your lips and brush on the loose translucent powder so that it makes it a touch more matte but certainly not dull, while the color itself is left unchanged.
This just ensures that your lips keep their color and brightness for a longer period of time. Artist’s tricks are the best.
Photos courtesy of Kayture, @simplysona
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Red lipstick isn’t just a color sealed on the lips, but it’s the sign of the willingness to victory and conquest in the fashion world. Only powerful and self-confident women know how to wear a red lipstick right. And the secret lies in finding the most matching red lipstick according to the skin tone and hair color. Below, we discuss all the details about this magic product, from the basic principles of choosing the best red lipstick for you to the common rules of wearing it.
Red lipstick can be a bright attribute of practically any look, including the no makeup style, when you keep the entire face bare with just a tint of bright red added to the lips. Wearing a correctly picked tone of a red lipstick can turn you into a real femme fatale ready to win the hearts of thousands.
It’s timeless, chic and it’s the ultimate epitome of elegance and femininity, modern luxury and extravaganza. It’s also the one and only makeup product women need when trying to create the iconic modern Pin-up and glam retro styles.
How to Choose the Best Red Lipstick According to Skin Tone and Hair Color
Finding the most ideal red shade of lipstick for you is the first step to creating show-stopping looks. You just need to take your skin tone and hair color into account, since there always exists the most amazing shade of red for your personal features. Even the natural tone of your teeth matters here.
Thus, if your enamel has a yellowish tone, you should absolutely ditch red lipsticks with orange undertones, since this color tends to aggravate this yellowness. On the other hand, all the other tones of red will make your smile look visually whiter.
Coming to the principles of choosing a red lipstick according to your hair tone, we should point out the following:
Best Red Lipstick Tones for Blondes
Women with naturally blonde hair tone are endowed with a delicate beauty, therefore playing with such dangerous tones as red they should be ultimately careful. Nevertheless, red lipstick has always been a classic for blondes since Marilyn Monroe’s active years, so don’t be afraid to experiment with your own shade of red creating attention-grabbing looks.
The common rule for blondes is sticking to muted shades of red, such as reds with pink, peach and coral undertones. You might want to give preference to translucent lip-glosses for daytime wear, especially ones in pinkish red or peach-red tones.
For a gorgeous evening makeup, think muted tones of red, including coral, pink and peach. If you strive to create a bright look, you can dare to experiment with luscious red lipsticks, also taking your skin tone into account.
In addition, avoid wearing beige and pale pink tones of red, which will make you look much older than you actually are.
Blondes need to choose the best red lipstick for them depending on whether their hair tone is warm or cold. For example, if you have platinum and ash blonde hair tone, you need to pick classic red lipsticks with berry and wine notes.
Be careful when dealing with overly warm and bright shades, including orange red, scarlet and deep brick red tones, which might make you look cheap and vulgar.
If your blonde hair has a wheat and yellow pigment at the base, then you are among the luckiest women, as you can wear almost any tone of red. Think rich reds with a touch of terracotta, ones with cold berry notes or dark reds with bordeaux undertones.
And when it comes to the skin tone factor, you can be guided by these rules:
• Blondes with Fair Skin Tone: It’s not advised to abuse warm orange and too bright shades of red in this case. Still, if wheat blonde is your exact hair tone, you are free to try almost any shade of red. One of the universal options is classic red.
• Blondes with Tanned Skin: Tanned skin and blonde hair is the perfect combination and there are no strict limitations when it comes to shades of red lipstick. You can pick a red lipstick with a purple or orange note.
• Blondes with Dark Skin: Women with blonde hair and a dark skin tone are advised to go for red lipsticks with orange undertones, since they tend to provide a healthy glow to the skin.
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Best Red Lipstick Tones for Brunettes
As a rule, brunettes have a bright and expressive appearance and a red lipstick does them only a favor. They are free to experiment with rich tones of a red lipstick without being afraid of appearing vulgar.
Still there exist certain restrictions for them too. Luscious and bright shades of red are universally flattering options for brunettes. However, women with a rich brown hair tone are highly advised to stay away from red lipsticks with a touch of plum or raspberry.
Blazing red is also a very dangerous option, since you tend to create too bright looks with it. Red tones with burgundy and wine notes, as well as deep berry red tones will be the best options for you.
When getting ready for special events, you can also try the brick red + orange formula, which may sound provocative, but it does look delicate and noble.
You’ll definitely want to be guided by these common rules as well:
• Fuchsia, plum and bright red lipsticks are ideal for brunettes with jet-black hair, while reds with copper and gold notes are absolute don’ts for you, especially if you have a darker skin tone. This will give an unhealthy yellowish color to your complexion.
• Brunettes with a fair skin tone can try berry shades of red during the daytime, while gold or wine tones of red lipsticks will be incredible options to consider for evening makeup looks.
• Brunettes with tanned skin can experiment with classic reds and berry-toned lipsticks, while darker reds, crimson or muted tones are ideal options for evening wear.
• Brunettes with a dark complexion are advised to pick red lipsticks with purple, cranberry or raspberry notes. Tomato-red is also a win-win option. If you have brown or green eyes, try dark pink and coral tones of red during daytime, while reds with brown or ruby undertones can be excellent options for smashing evening makeup looks.
• If you have black hair, dark skin and dark eyes, go for bright shades of a red lipstick, including ruby, bright crimson and scarlet red. You can top your lips with a translucent lip-gloss.
• Cranberry and raspberry shades of red are excellent for business meetings and casual walks in the park.
• Think reds with a touch of wine tones for romantic evenings at a nice restaurant.
• Women with a dark skin tone and brown hair are recommended experimenting with crimson red hues. And if you have a fair complexion and brown hair, think copper-red and coral-red lipsticks.
• Brown-haired beauties with dark or fair complexion with a pinkish tinge look best wearing classic bright red lipstick tones, as well as reds with a bluish tint.
• Orange and apricot shades of red flatter brown-haired women with a beige skin coloring.
Best Red Lipstick Tones for Redheads
Red lipstick for red hair? Double the red for double hotness! Different shades of a red lipstick will give more warmth and sensuality to women with red hair, however, keep in mind that if you have a pale skin tone bright lipstick might create way too flashy looks. And if your complexion is fair, avoid wearing cold shades of red, instead giving preference to coral tones and warm reds.
If you are a fan of soft makeup looks, you can give your preference to red lipsticks with golden lilac, pale pink or pale orange notes. For evening makeup, try dark red and burgundy tones for classy and elegant looks. Generally, red lipsticks with berry undertones are universally flattering options for all redheads.
The most important rule to stick to is ditching cold and berry shades of red, which aren’t that suitable for regular wear although might be acceptable for special events. Also keep your eyes neutral when wearing any shades of a red lipstick, if you don’t want to create too screaming looks.
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Choosing the Best Red Lipstick According to Skin Tones
Besides the hair color, it’s very important to consider your skin tone when buying a red lipstick. Once you have found the perfect red lipstick shades according to your hair color, check out whether they flatter your complexion as well. The common rules you need to be guided by are as follows:
• Women with a warm skin tone should choose only warm shades of red with a tint of brown or yellow. And in case you don’t know whether your complexion belongs to the category of warm tones or not, simply wear metallic jewelry pieces and look at yourself in the mirror. If golden jewelry pieces flatter you best of all, your skin tone is warm, and if silver accessories look good on you, then your skin tone is cold.
• If you have a cold skin tone, then think only cold reds with purple or cold pink undertones.
• Neutral red is the universally flattering color for every skin tones.
• Women with a very light porcelain skin tone are advised to pick muted matte shades of red, like burgundy, cranberry, cherry or plum. Classic tomato red can also be an option, only if it doesn’t feature fire and orange notes.
• Women with an olive skin tone are the luckiest ones, as they can choose practically any shade of red. The same refers to the owners of a natural complexion with a yellowish undertone.
• If your skin has a reddish or pinkish undertone, you need to avoid too bright and very cold red tones, giving your preference to classics. Red lipsticks with a pink tinge can also flatter you.
• Tanned beauties should avoid intense cold tones of red, as well as rich burgundy and brick red shades. If you have a golden peach skin tone, think red lipsticks with a slight orange tint.
• Red lipsticks with a brown tint are the go-to options for most blondes, brunettes and redheads with any skin tone.
• All the above-mentioned rules don’t target you at all, in case you belong to the category of beauties with very rare eye color and skin tone combinations (like green-eyed brunettes or blondes with brown eyes).
How to Apply Red Lipstick Skillfully and Flawlessly
If you have finally found the most flattering red lipstick for your skin tone and hair color, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to look perfect wearing it, unless you master the techniques of red lipstick application. Unlike all the other lipstick shades, dealing with a red lipstick is quite tricky, since the slightest flaws are going to pop out because of the intense color.
So these are the steps of applying a red lipstick flawlessly!
Step 1: Make sure you apply a scrub on your lips, getting rid of the dry, dead skin for a smoother look. To get started you need to apply a concealer, which is 1-2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone, outlining the form of your lips. If you have thin lips, you can go about 1 mm beyond the outlines of your lips.
Step 2: Now, you need to contour your lips with a skin-toned lip pencil. Many women still believe that you need a lip pencil in a similar color to your lipstick, however, for natural looking and flawless red lips, think only nude shades. On top of the concealer you can apply a moisturizing lip balm.
Step 3: Before applying the lipstick, you need to apply a thin coat of Vaseline on your teeth. This way you prevent the red tint from getting smudged on the teeth later on.
Step 4: Now, apply the lipstick either with a lip brush or with your finger. You need to paint all over the lip surface, not leaving any little corners uncovered. Finally, you can add a bit of shine to your lips applying a transparent lip-gloss, which will also visually enhance the volume of the lips.
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Useful Makeup Tips for Wearing Red Lipstick
Wearing a red lipstick still has lots of nuances that you need to consider. So in order to look really picture-perfect consider these tricks:
• When wearing a red lipstick, your eyebrows should be in the perfect form. If you have too thin eyebrows, you can always use a brow kit to fill them in.
• Keep your eye makeup muted, since you definitely want to follow the common makeup rule of placing the focus either on the eyes or the lips. So the classic smokey eye makeup should be avoided. Instead go for earth, golden and neutral beige eyeshadows.
• You can curl your lashes to make them longer, however, try to keep things natural. Instead of the traditional jet-black mascara, go for grayish or brownish tones, which look more natural.
• If you have too thin lips, you can skip the step of creating clear contours. To give volume to your lips, slightly smudge the lipstick near the border of the lip edges with a brush or a cotton swab. No need to get obsessed with this technique and go way too far creating a clown-y look, instead of sensuality and sexuality.
• Red lips look good with the classic French manicure. You can also pick a black nail polish for an alternative look.
• When wearing a red nail polish, keep in mind that it should coincide with the exact shade of your red lipstick.
• Red lipstick doesn’t stand any “competitions” with other makeup products, so use only very light blush tones (or don’t apply blush at all), while the eyeliner should be applied very thinly.
• Don’t forget to create the most perfect background for the red lips, applying the most matching foundation for your skin tone and type and using concealer to camouflage any skin flaws. Red instantly draws all the attention to your face, so it should be picture perfect.
• You can wear a red lipstick to different types of parties, to the restaurant or theatre, keeping the tones rich and bright. When wearing a red lipstick during the daytime, keep the tones slightly muted.
• Red lipstick creates very catchy looks, so you need to feel ready for extra attention when wearing it.
• Although a red lipstick always creates special looks, it still can be worn on a daily basis. However, there are certain shades of red that look very official and are suitable only for special events.
• Red lipsticks with a dense texture tend to make the lips look smaller.
• Red lipstick is a great rectifier for your tired face. So when your complexion feels dull, apply it to brighten up your look instantly.
What to Wear a Red Lipstick With
It’s a big myth that red lipstick should only be worn with elegant gowns and cocktail dress to special events. In the modern world, red lipstick has acquired more functionality and versatility and can look good both with casual outfits and with feminine dresses, like the LBD.
It creates bright street images when matched with jeans, shorts, jackets and vest. However, you’re advised to avoid clothing pieces with colorful prints and patterns, or pieces in colors that don’t make good pairs with red.
Red lipstick can be a powerful weapon of creating sultry and memorable looks for various events. The only key to success is to follow all the above-mentioned rules and wear the correct shade of red to the correct place and with the correct clothing pieces!
Photos courtesy of Miss Maven, Instagram @makeupbylilith, Elle, Stylebistro
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What to wear a red lipstick with is one of the most common questions fashionisers deciding to opt for this passionate and bright shade ask and sometimes not knowing the correct answer they shy away from wearing it, giving preference to traditional nude lipsticks that don’t have specific rules of wearing them. Despite the fact that red lipstick has become more and more popular recently, certain rules of wearing it still remain firm and you definitely need to learn how to choose a red lipstick according to your clothing and vice versa if you want to have a flawless look.
No matter what the season’s beauty trends are, every woman needs to have the perfect shade of red lipstick for those glam occasions when trying to look like a real femme fatale. Wearing a red lipstick is the right beauty decision you may make when attending special events and getting ready for the holiday season.
Moreover, it has actually become an inseparable component of a modern girl’s beauty bag for almost all occasions, since you can always go out completely bare-faced wearing a tint of red on your lips, looking refreshed and powerful.
Red lipstick can become a dramatic accent spicing up both your darkly colored and bright outfits and adding so much sexuality to your overall appearance. While it easily makes perfect pairs with a number of clothing colors, the preferred option is wearing a red lipstick with more subdued and dark pieces.
Unless you are a blonde with a fair skin tone, make sure to always avoid such controversial combinations as red lipstick with pastel colors.
In order to create the most harmonious color combinations with your clothing, one style trick you can always adhere to is picking colder shades of scarlet red lipstick (with undertones of silver, blue, green and gray) and warmer shades of berry red lipstick (with undertones of brown, terracotta, yellow and orange). Generally, the most important step is finding the right red lipstick shade for your skin tone.
In this respect, girls with pale skin are advised to go for cold red shades with a raspberry or violet tint, while those with a neutral skin tone should give their preference to classic reds. Women with olive or darker skin tones are recommended to pick deep red, cherry, burgundy, brick red and orange red shades.
In case you don’t know exactly what skin tone you have, you can do a “metallic” test. If gold flatters you most of all, you have a warm skin tone and you can go for red lipsticks with honey, golden, brown, brick or coral undertones.
On the other hand, if silver jewelry looks best on you, you need a red lipstick with bluish undertone, as well as fuchsia red, magenta, deep red or bright cherry shades.
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These 6 trendy ideas of wearing red lipstick with various clothing pieces can become a fantastic source of inspiration for you to come up with professional looks perfect for different occasions!
#1: Red Lipstick with Black
Wearing a red lipstick with a little black dress is the go-to look you can consider any time you want, whether you are getting ready for a cocktail party or just want to look modern and sexy when meeting your friends. That can be any outfit in black, such as an elegant jumpsuit, a skirt or pants suit, a maxi or mini dress.
Any shade of red will look simply perfect with black clothing and you are always free to experiment with interesting accessorizing and styling details too, such as heels, belts, jewelry or clutches. Golden hues will especially look great with these two shades especially when you are creating a holiday image.
One tip you need to consider is to do your best to create the most flawless complexion, since on the backdrop of monochrome black it’s the red lipstick that will attract loads of attention to your face, which you’ll definitely want to look picture perfect.
#2: Red Lipstick with White
If you want to stay on the safe side, you can always pick neutral tones for your clothing when wearing a red lipstick. You can never go wrong with crisp white outfits complemented with any shade of red lipstick.
A red lipstick will give lots of character, charisma and personality to your monochrome white looks, regardless of the occasion you rock this look and the time of the year. Metallic jewelry details and a pair of black pumps, for instance, will make your evening white look ideally complete!
#3: Red Lipstick with Gray
If you really want to look unique and modern, you may skip the classic combination of red lipstick and black and instead pick gray as the primary color for your clothing. A bright red lipstick will instantly jazz up a monochrome gray outfit, be it a jumpsuit or a dress.
You are welcome to try both matte effect and glossy red lipstick, depending on the time of the day you wear it and on the look you want to create.
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#4: Red Lipstick with Metallic Colors
Yet another timeless and chic color union is that of a red lipstick with metallic clothing pieces, be that silver or gold. Wearing red lipstick with a silver or gold dress is the easiest way of creating spectacular and glam-glitzy party looks especially during the festive season.
You can go for simpler styles of dresses, since metallic tones are rich enough to make a statement. A simple A-line dress inspired from the twenties will be the right thing for you.
While red lipstick will create the Ice Queen look with silver clothing pieces, it’ll look extremely warm with golden pieces.
#5: Red Lipstick with Purple Clothing
Vibrant colors spiced up with an accent of bright can look pretty dangerous, but also hot and impressive if you have been guided by the correct rules of color blocking. You may have never thought that wearing a red lipstick with various shades of purple can lead to ultimately gorgeous looks ready for party nights and even office wear.
You may break the overload of too intense shades by opting for accessorizing details in golden or nude shades, or being even more creative and injecting a bit of animal patterns to your looks. Think leopard printed shoes, for instance. This is an image of a strong and self-confident woman, who never shies away from extra attention.
When wearing such a look to the office, try to pick a matte red lipstick in order to slightly tone down your look and not to violate any dress codes.
#6: Red Lipstick with Neon and Bright Shades
Getting ready for a crazy night in the club? Think as bright as you can! You can create the most eye-popping look, picking bright and neon shades to wear with red lipstick and if you want to slightly tone down your look make sure you go for the third neutral color, such as black.
For instance, you can wear a black skirt with a dark green top with neon green prints on it and finish off your look with the same neon green tone for the sandals and of course a red lipstick.
Since neon colors may be really dangerous, you certainly need to first learn how to wear neon colors and then stick to the basic color blocking rules to build up the most effective party looks.
Red lipstick also can be worn with a red dress, which will make you look extremely party ready, as well as with deep shades of blues, yellows, neutral and nude shades. At the end of the day how can you not call it a versatile lip color?
Photos courtesy of Gary Pepper Girl, Kayture
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The classical and most womanly lip stick color will always remain the red one. This color has always made all ladies look sexier and desired. Your lips look so juicy and attractive when accentuated with this given color. However red is really a capricious color and does not suit everybody. Before deciding to experiment first try several shades at home, do not lame to ask your friends how it suits you and then only dare to wear it outside. Women with red lips have always created the impression of being very courageous, daring and with principles.
In the makeup history it has always been stated that whenever one feature of the face is vividly accentuated then there should never be a second hot point, for harmony. So if we are fond of red lips, which are already a bright highlight on the face, then how should our eyes look, in order not to look vulgar, at the same time look appealing? While the rule is to keep eye makeup simple when having red lips, you can still experiment and have a wild look. Let’s have a look at the beauty tips revealing how to wear red lips with winged eyeliner and look chic and feminine.
How to Create Winged Eyeliner
As is the basics of applying any eyeliner, first of all apply primer onto your lid to even the surface and create a smooth base for the eyeliner. By doing so, you will reduce the possibility of the eyeliner from fading. You can first use pencil eyeliner to give the desired sketches and then highlight the latter with liquid one. If you want to get sexy looking cattish wings, apply liquid liner or a thin-brushed liner. Thick ones are difficult to handle, besides you will end up having a very thick line which will cover most of your eyelid and will darken your appearance. It is better to stick to familiar to you eyeliner, to work easier. When applying the eyeliner, make sure there is not too much liner on the brush and it glides easily. Besides you can take waterproof eyeliner to be on the safe side. Once you apply the eyeliner do not blink your eyes and let it dry fast.
Line your lashes under your eyes and make the wings by lining the top of your eye with a heavy coat, following your natural line as closely as possible. Extend it slightly. The easiest way to do it is not having several small lines, but better starting at the inside and going straight out, with a continuous line, instead of taking it piece by piece, since in this case you are more likely not to get an even line. Do not apply the line too far: it should be halfway between the inner corner of your eye and your eyebrow. You can extend the line upward for more emphasis on your eyes. For a more dramatic look, you can make the line thicker, only if you master in the techniques. For beginners it will be a difficult task to get a second even line, even though they already have the base line.
How to Create Vampy Red Lips
Once finished with the eyes, start applying the sexy red lipstick. Use bright red shades to enhance thin lips, and darker shades for thicker ones.
To start with, apply a light layer of liquid foundation and let it dry. In order to keep the foundation, apply translucent powder onto your lips. These two, like the premier in the case of applying eyeliner, will provide a smooth and flawless base for the lip stick and besides it will last longer. And start applying the liner that matches the shade of the red lipstick you are going to wear. Smudge the liner around the edges for a natural look. And finally apply the lipstick. As a variant you can apply the latter with a special brush.
As a result you receive a hot look with accentuated lips and sexy expressive eyes, yet not looking vulgar and not even having an over makeup. Feel free to slightly highlight your eyes with these glamorous wings. With your natural looking red lips and winged eyes all the doors are open in front of your charm.
Photo courtesy of Nasty Gal
Who doesn’t love a good fragrance matching their favorite lipsticks? Rumors that MAC Cosmetics was about to turn this idea into an actual collection of perfumes hit the headlines weeks ago, and have now been confirmed. So, please welcome the MAC Shadescents perfume line, which has been inspired by iconic MAC lipsticks!
Set to hit the online shelves at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s on November 30th and the brick-and-mortar stores and MAC beauty counters on December 8th, the MAC Shadescents perfume collection consists of six different fragrances in total, which have been inspired by MAC’s absolute six must-have lipsticks, namely Lady Danger, Ruby Woo, My Heroine, Yum-Yum, Velvet Teddy, and Creme d’Nude.
Yum-Yum, which is a Barbie pink-infused delicious cotton-candy fragrance, is the star of the MAC Shadescents collection, represented by brand ambassador Blac Chyna, whose ad campaign for the perfume line has now been revealed. Each perfume’s packaging recalls its corresponding lipstick, with the actual fragrance featuring only one dominant aroma, i.e. that of the respective lipstick.
Aside from Yum-Yum’s cotton-candy scent, we have accents of leather in both My Heroine and Ruby Woo, cherry notes in Lady Danger, accents of musk and honey in Velvet Teddy and surprisingly sensual notes of amber musk, inspired by scents of bare skin, in Creme d’Nude.
“We have a fan base attached to certain lipstick shades,” M.A.C’s Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director James Gager explained when asked about the reason behind the development and launch of MAC’s brand new Shadescents collection. To cater to the beauty needs of their big fan base, the brand decided to try something new and ventured out into the perfume industry to launch iconic fragrances that would represent each group of their lipstick fans.
As if things weren’t already thrilling enough, the MAC Shadescents perfume collection has another surprise in store for us. The line will feature both the perfume and the corresponding lipstick color coming in a nice packaging, with the fragrance retailing at $57. We cannot wait for the beauty brand to release more info about the fragrance line and the ad campaign’s pictures!
Given the fact that most of these 6 MAC lipstick must-haves sell out in minutes (with the classic red Ruby Woo being the ultimate bestseller), we predict that the MAC Shadescents perfume line will fly off the shelves as soon as it becomes available on MACCosmetics.com and Macys.com!
Photos courtesy of MAC Cosmetics
If your makeup fantasy can’t take you any further than classic smokey and cat eye looks and glam red lips, then we want you to check out makeup artist Laura Jenkinson’s Instagram account, where you’ll indulge into your childhood memories and dreams! Laura Jenkinson uses her own lips as a canvas for picturing various popular Disney cartoon characters on her face, starting a real revolution in the makeup world. What makes the stories so captivating and thrilling is that she draws those images in such a way that her mouth is the mouth of a popular cartoon character, her teeth is its teeth and it’s all just so natural-looking and wow-worthy!
Laura Jenkinson is a 25-year-old UK-based makeup enthusiast and hair stylist, who has devoted her last year to this Disney inspired lip art project, creating the images of the Minions, Shrek, Aladdin, Bugs Bunny, Stitch and many other popular characters by request. Besides this fairy-tale series of cartoon lip makeup looks, she also loves playing with spooky Halloween-ready makeup effects, doing it all really skillfully. Her exceptional theatrical illustrations and makeup talent have turned her into a real Internet sensation, as each of her Instagram images receives more than 1500 likes and she has got a huge army of followers on Facebook too. As a source of inspiration for creating these utterly adorable and exceptional cartoon lip makeup looks, Laura has turned to many other talented makeup artists on Instagram, trying to do something this cool on a bigger scale.
While these innovative lip makeup looks aren’t ideal for wearing on the daily basis, Laura Jenkinson’s cartoon lips will be quite wearable for special festivals, party nights and, of course, Halloween. Who said that you need to be only spooky on this special holiday, when you can instead arouse lots of admiration, laughter and good childhood memories among your friends tying to copy any of Laura’s lovely looks! And who knows, maybe Laura Jenkinson’s creative lip makeup looks can give a birth to a brand new crazy and unmatchable makeup trend in the beauty world!
Photos courtesy of Laura Jenkinson
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