What if you could wear anything in the world and feel confident? What if you just wanted to wear red lipstick with confidence? Red lipstick is instant confidence.
Here are 7 rules the pros use on how to wear red lipstick!
7 Rules on How to Wear Red Lipstick
- Soft Eyes/Bold Lip
- Bold Eyes/Bold Lip
- Lip Liner
- Get the right shade of red
- Lock It In
- Anything goes!
Exfoliate your lips. It’s harder to look confident with dry, peeling lips, right? A lip/sugar scrub works best (sorry, the LimeLife by Alcone one sold out so fast), but if all you have is a washcloth or your toothbrush, use that!
Exfoliate in the shower or after the shower, once your lips have been “soaking” for a bit to soften the dead skin cells. Your canvas will be clean and ready for any color you choose. The extra bonus is a kissable lip, and your special someone would appreciate it, I’m sure.
For most daytime looks, especially for people who rarely wear makeup, soft/minimal eye makeup with the red lip works best. (Plus, it won’t be a huge shock to yourself in the mirror and others who see you every day…unless you want that reaction, then go bold!)
Use neutral or muted shades on the eyes, a thinner black eyeliner on top, nude eyeliner on the bottom, and some mascara. You can use a light brown eyeshadow on the lower lash line to add a bit of dimension, but a little goes a long way.
If you’re accustomed to wearing makeup every day and simply want a more defined look, use darker shades around your eyes. I’m fond of a little shimmer any time of the year, and if you wear makeup daily (or not), you can pull it off and look amazing!
Your eyeliner can be thicker on both top and bottom lids and if you’re up to the challenge- wing it! A classic winged eyeliner with a red lip is a nice way to make an entrance, whether you like the attention or not. The best part about this look is that even if your body language isn’t obviously telling the world that you’re nervous, your face is telling a different story.
I’ll be honest- I don’t always use a lip liner, even for red lipstick. The reason is that I use the highest quality professional-grade concealer on/around my lips and it keeps the color where I put it. What does it mean to be “professional-grade”? Click here. It works for me and you can try it out! If you KNOW you need a liner, please wear it! (Save the clown look for a different time.) Line the lips with a similar shade and “color” into the lip, so that if your lipstick wears away, there’s a little color left. You can even color the entire lip as a base stain and put your lipstick over it or wear the lip liner as a stand-alone stain!
GET THE RIGHT SHADE OF RED
Did you try on a shade of red ONE TIME and decided it wasn’t for you? I’m asking you to try again. Have you seen the Pantone colors? (Pantone is THE authority on COLOR for fashion, design, etc.) There are TONS of red shades; some are sheer and more forgiving, while others are like pure pigment on your lips.
In general, if your skin undertones are cool or pink-based, you’ll want to get the cooler shades of red. If your skin undertones are warm or yellow-based, you’ll want to get the warmer shades of red. It’s easy to alter the shade with another lipstick, lipgloss or eyeshadow, so don’t toss out that lipstick just yet. (Unless it’s been used and you’ve had it for over a year, then it’s time to get a new one! Bye-bye bacteria!)
If your natural coloring is high-contrast (think, Snow White…dark hair, light skin or light eyes) you can get away with more intense shades.
The same rules apply to your clothing and the colors that go well with your skin tones.
Having said all of that, if you found a shade YOU love and feel FIERCE in, then by all means, my friend- wear it!
LOCK IT IN
Pick up a translucent powder to dust around your lips for that extra insurance. Then grab a tissue and blot the inner lip. Anything the powder didn’t touch is likely to rub off onto your teeth, so get that excess out! I like to use finishing spray all over my face to lock in my entire look for the rest of the day/evening.
Still not sure about the 7 rules on how to wear red lipstick? You can wear red lipstick at home until you’re comfortable enough wearing it out! There really are no hard, fast rules with makeup, including red lipstick.
Some people are scared of makeup, but it’s ART. What works on one face doesn’t always work the same on another and truly, it’s what makes YOU feel fabulous that matters. There’s no better measurement of confidence than a smile on a lady’s face. Am I right? Make that smile, your best!