July 28, 2017 3 min read

A red lip can add instant pow wow to any look, whether you're looking to command attention, turn heads or just add a touch of confidence. The adaptability of the red lipstick is what draws so many of us towards it, and it suits us all in different ways. A red lip to the untrained can be quite intimidating – will I look like a clown? What if it smudges and I look like I’ve just eaten spaghetti? There are a million ways red lipstick can go wrong, but thankfully we’ve covered all your bases below to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes.

Make the most of your lippy and wear it with confidence – there’s nothing sexier than that.

Match the shade to your complexion

One of important tips on how to wear red lipstick is to match the shade to your complexion. Ever seen a friend wear a gorgeous red lipstick, but tried it on and discovered it doesn’t suit you? That’s because different skin tones suit different shades of red. For paler, cooler skin tones, look for a red with blue tones for a cool, deeper look, or raspberry shades to warm up your complexion. For tan, warmer skin colours – an orange-red or true pillar box red is your best friend.

Put your finger in your mouth 

That's right. Bright red, unmissable lipstick on your teeth is up there with one of the most embarrassing beauty mishaps possible. Especially when no-one tells you! To avoid the mistake completely, make sure that after every lipstick application you put your finger in your mouth, press your lips and remove your finger slowly. Any excess lipstick that would’ve ended up on your teeth will now be on your finger, so you can just wash your hands and be confident!

Keep the rest simple

A red lip is enough drama for one face, and if you do it right, you won’t feel the need to add lashings of make-up elsewhere. The most eye-catching reds should be complimented with a simple, nude eye with black eyeliner and mascara. That way, your lips do all the talking and you avoid looking like you’ve raided your big sister’s make-up box.

Avoid deep reds if you have thin lips

Deep, dark reds obviously define the lip area and draw the eye to the edges of your mouth. If you have thin lips already, this effect is likely to make your lips look even smaller. To avoid the tight-lipped look, pick a warmer shade, or if you’re cool toned, a raspberry shade as previously mentioned. Otherwise, you could add a dot of warmer red to the centre of your upper and lower lip, to try and counteract the darker shade.

Apply concealer to stop ‘bleeding’

Smudged red lipstick is never chic, and the easiest and most simple way to avoid such a make-up catastrophe is to line the skin around your lips with a slightly lighter concealer. Pat the concealer in gently, taking care not to get any on your lips, and ensure the product is blended with your foundation. The concealer acts as a barrier and stops your red lipstick from pooling in any fine lines around your mouth.

Use a lip brush for a professional finish

While applying lippy from the tube is handy, taking the time to apply the product with a lip brush means the formula will be really worked into your lips. Pat the product on with the brush, rather than sweeping it on if you want to ensure even, full coverage that stays put. If you’re planning on taking your red lip out on the town, load up a retractable lip brush with your colour to save you dragging your whole make-up bag out and avoid losing yet another lipstick. 

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