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How to pull off red lipstick


If there’s one lipstick look you know will endure, it’s the red lip. If you’re not sure how to make it work, here are some tips and tricks so it will seem like it’s been your signature look all along.

Red lips

There’s something about red lipstick that gives off an “I’m sexy and I know it” vibe. You can’t help but feel more confident and be a little more bold when you’ve got a sexy scarlet pout. How can you brave wearing a crimson shade? These tips will make it simple.

Work up to full-on coverage

If you apply red lipstick and feel like it’s practically glowing off your face, chances are you’re just not used to having such a vibrant colour on your lips. You may find it easier if at first you dab on a bit with your finger or from the tube (you can blot some off if you find it’s still too much for you). After wearing it this way a few times, dab on a little more. Before you know it, you’ll be swiping it on without feeling self-conscious at all.

Stick to sheer reds

If you don’t think full-on red lips is your look, try wearing a sheer red lip balm or a red lip gloss so the effect is more washed out. This is actually the best way to wear red on your lips if your lips are on the thin side, as full-on red lipstick will only emphasize your thin lips and look like a small slit of colour on your face.

Opt for a creamy texture

Matte red lipstick and a shiny gloss overtop will draw the most attention (and thus, is harder to wear). The most wearable option other than balm or gloss alone is a red, creamy textured lipstick.

Make your red lipstick last

Red lipstick only looks fantastic when it’s properly applied, and you can save yourself a bit of effort throughout the day if you take more time to apply it well in the morning. If you wish, line your lips with a red lipliner, but keep in mind that, although it will help keep the lipstick from bleeding into the lines around your mouth, it may make your red lip look more severe. Use a lip brush even though it’s more fussy to work with; a brush will deposit the lipstick precisely where you want it. Blot with a tissue, dust with translucent powder for even more staying power and apply another layer with your lip brush.

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