Posted on March 11th, 2011
Red lips are beautiful, classic, and perfect for winter, when skin becomes pale and most of us could use a splash of color. But not everyone feels she can pull of the look, which is admittedly a bold one.
We actually believe that anyone – yes, that includes you! – Can pull of red lips. It’s just a question of finding the right shade and applying it correctly. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Find the shade that works for you. If your complexion is pink, so that silver jewelry flatters you, you’ll look best in blue-based reds. If your skin has a yellow undertone and your complexion comes alive with gold jewelry, choose warmer reds with an orange or a brown base.
- The rest of your face should be subtle. Red lips are bold, and if you use too much makeup on the rest of your face, you risk overdoing it. When you opt for red lips, make sure the rest of your makeup is natural and subtle.
- Line your lips first, then use the lipstick to color in. This is the best way to make sure your lipstick doesn’t bleed. Another way to prevent bleeding is to apply a little concealer around your mouth.
- For thin lips, choose a lighter shade of red. Dark lipcolor may cause lips to look thinner, so if your lips are already thin, it might be a good idea to opt for a lighter shade of red and avoid deep, dark reds.
- Prevent lipstick stains on your teeth. I’ve been wearing red lipstick for years, and this is by far the biggest problem with red lipstick. To avoid it, after applying the lipstick, put a clean finger in your mouth, close your lips around it, and slowly pull it out to remove excess color. You may also fold a tissue and gently press your lips against it to achieve the same result.
While red lips are most appropriate at night, they can also look great during the day, as long as you use a light shade of red and apply it sparingly.