Statement Lips

Red lipstick is not just makeup: It's a fashion statement. It's also a look that everyone can wear for any occasion; it just depends on choosing and applying the right shade, texture and formula -- whether it's a lipstick, a stain or a gloss. Here are the six key steps to pulling off the look so you look sensational -- not scary.

Woman with red lips

1Tone it down.

When you wear red lipstick, make sure the rest of your makeup is toned down. Natural, flawless skin and a little mascara is all you really need. Choose bare or light-colored nail polish so it does not clash with your lips.

2Pick a formula based on the occasion.

If you are going out to a formal occasion, choose a classic creamy, matte red formula. For a more youthful look, a glossy liquid makes a beautiful impact. For everyday wear, try a sheer or long-lasting mineral lipstick.

3Tube of red lipstickExperiment.

Next, experiment with shades to get the perfect look.

  • To make your teeth look whiter, go for shades with blue undertones.
  • If your skin is fair or has pink undertones, try cooler reds with blue undertones.
  • If your skin has yellow undertones, try reds with a brownish undertone.
  • If you have very dark or black skin, you can try reds with orange undertones.

The key is to experiment with a lot of lipsticks and colors to find the best shade for your skin type.

4Exfoliate.

Before applying red lipstick, exfoliate your lips for a super-smooth base. Just dip a cotton swab in some baking soda and rub on your lips. Follow with petroleum jelly for extra moisture.

5Line your lips.

Lipstick -- especially red lipstick -- can bleed. Use a neutral lip liner and line inside the lip line, not on the outside.

6Use a lip brush.

Apply your lipstick with a lip brush and follow with a dusting of translucent powder to make it last throughout the day or night.

The most important tip: Wear this look with confidence! It's a bold choice that makes an impact when you walk into a room. Read more! 100s of our best beauty tips>>

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