How to Choose the Perfect Red Lipstick

Any fashionista knows that the easiest way to dress up an outfit in seconds is to swipe on a red lipstick. Red lipstick is one of those classics that has always been around and will never go out of style. Even with the recent trend of nude lips, red lipstick holds on to place in the makeup world. One of the best things about red lipstick is its versatility. It comes in thousands of different shades ranging from light to dark. It can just as easily be worn with a casual outfit as with a formal one. And it’s perfect for both the daytime and nighttime. With all of this variety there’s bound to be some confusion about which shade to choose and how to wear it. Here are some tricks that will make you a red lipstick expert in no time!

Start by selecting the perfect shade. When it comes to red lipstick, it is important to recognize the base color of the shade. Some are more blue based while others are more orange or pink. As a rule of thumb if you have fair to medium skin you will look great in more blue based reds. These are the brightest shade of red lipsticks and the bold pop of red against a lighter complexion will look amazing. You can also try berry colors like cranberry or raspberry red. If your skin tone is more towards the olive side then choose a shade with a slightly brown undertone. The combination of tanner skin with a darker lipstick will definitely be a showstopper. Those with darker skin are the luckiest when it comes to red lipstick. Almost any shade will flatter this skin group so have some fun and experiment with a range of colors.

Now that you’re shade has been selected, its time for the application process. If you want your color to stay in place and not smudge for the entire day (who doesn’t?!) then here’s a great trick. Apply the concealer you normally use under your eyes on your lips. By having a neutral colored base for your lips the lipstick will not only pop more than it normally would, it will also stay in place longer. After applying the concealer, use a lip liner around the natural shape of you lip in a shade that is similar to your lipstick color. Because red lipsticks are so pigmented, the color tends to bleed outside of the lips so the liner will keep in place. Now comes time for putting on your lipstick. Apply a generous coat and don’t forget to blot. Before walking out the door make sure to check that none of the lipstick is on your teeth! We all have that one embarrassing story about getting caught with lipstick all over our teeth so make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself!

There you have it, with these easy tips you will be rocking the red lips in no time!

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