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How To Wear a True Red Lipstick

How-To: Wear a True Red Lipstick

Red lipstick. It's the embodiment of glamour. And a true red lipstick looks great on just about everyone since it's the perfect neutral balance. Whether you've got a sexy soiree to attend or you're just looking to add some flair to your existing makeup palette, I've got some more red lipstick tips below:

  • Formulation — Do you want a matte, dense finish or are you looking to do a sheer wash of color? Matte shades are trendy right now, but they can also make you look, uh, "mature." Glossy shades will give an illusion of larger lips.
  • Go glossy — Feeling shy about going full on bold red? You can always try a red gloss to tone it down. Try Make Up For Ever Super Lip Gloss in True Red ($16).
  • Small lips — Try lighter shades of red if your lips are thin. Darker shades will only make them look tinier.
  • Mix things up — If you aren't loving the shade you selected, layer a gloss or another lipstick over it to correct. In a dazzle-y mood? Add an unexpected gold-flecked clear gloss to a shade that seems too cool or a platinum-flecked clear gloss over a shade that seems too warm.

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lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
NARS has the best lipstick ever...
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
TY bella !! :D
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
Thanks Advah! I'll give that a try! :)
Advah Advah 8 years
Black Velveteen, have you tried putting foundation on your lips before applying the lipstick and lip liner? I haven't tried it but I've read about it a few times, it apparently really helps.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
i used to have this red lip gloss that i loved to wear when i was feeling "daring". lol i love red lips for special ocassions.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
So Bella if you already have a large kisser should you wear matte lipstick to avoid making you lips look even larger?
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
that's really interesting emalove. I might have to look into that. btw, does anyone actually know where I can find a good lip-color stain??
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
MAC Russian Red. So classic!
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
I just bought a limited edition 'Target Red' by L'Oreal, made exclusively for Target. It's a really red shade, just how I like my red lipsticks. Hey Bella, and advice on how to stop your red lipstick from 'bleeding'? I line my lips with the matching liner, but it still feathers. I only seem to have this problem when I wear red lipstick :?
emalove emalove 8 years
Clinique Angel Red is my red of choice...I'm not a big red-lips fan, but if I do decide to go red, this shade is a perfect choice for my fair skin. I just dab it on like a stain and it looks really pretty.
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 8 years
Great tips, Bella! I love red lipstick (for special occasions)!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I actully own the Nars Red Lizard color shown...and it's a great color for us "Brown" girls :D
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I'm really fair too, but I did end up finding reds that don't make me look clownish (which is the problem I had trying to find a good one for me). And actually I don't agree with the small lips tip. I've seen women with small lips who at least I think look great with a darker red.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
I would loove to be able to wear a red lipstick with confidence, but with my fair skin it just doesn't look as good as I would hope.
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