There is nothing like a sexy red lip! Red can take you from your ordinary day to feeling instantly feminine. I usually lean towards a natural look, but if going out, it’s a amazing what a little red lipstick can do. Since my skin tone is more olive, I tend to wear more coral reds, like a pimiento or a crimson red, but there are literally thousands of red shades of lipstick to choose from. I have been disappointed before where I went with a shade I saw a girlfriend wear, only to find out that it did not suit my complexion at all.
A safe and general rule is that women with fair skin should lean towards true reds with no orange undertones. Medium-skinned women look best in pink and orange. While dark-skinned women can go for darker shades like wine and burgundy. If in doubt, the best way to find your shade of red is to go visit a cosmetic store like Blue Mercury, Sephora or Benefit.
Red Lip Tips:
- Don't play up your eyes. Let your lips do the talking. Go with a neutral shadow and oomph it up with mascara. - Prevent bleeding. Apply concealer around the border of your mouth. - Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color. - Lip liner should match the color of your natural lips, not the lipstick. - Exfoliate your lips: I swear by using my tooth brush with a little baking soda on it.
My favorite shades of red:
- Space N. K. Lipstick Queen (Sinner in Red) – $18
- Chanel Rouge Allure (Insaisissable) – $37
- Bite (Persimon) – $26
- Mac (Lady Danger) -$14
- NARS (Heat Wave) – $24
- Chanel Allure Ink (Luxuriant) – $37
So what’s your go-to red lipstick? Leave a comment, I’d love to know.