The red lip is a classic, but it has been everywhere over the last couple of years, from young Hollywood starlets to the darling nonagenarian socialite and MAC collaborator, Iris Apfel. A red lip is a bold, statement-making look that can add a bit of sophistication or fun to your look.
However, there is a very fine line between being a “do” and a “don’t” when wearing red lipstick. A red lip can be universally flattering, if you choose the right lipstick for you. Here are my tips for being a red lip “do”:
1) Go for light coverage everywhere else – take it easy on the foundation and powder. Use a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin or even better use minimal concealer and only where needed. Finish it off with a touch of loose powder. Heavy coverage and a bright red lip will make you look like you’re headed for the TV set or your first day on your new job as a mime.
2) Choose the right shade – all reds are not created equally. There are many different shades of red – some have a cool or blue base, some have a warm or yellow base. If you have warm undertones choose a red with shades of orange or brown. Those with cool undertones should choose a red with hints of pink or blue. Choosing the right red for your skintone is important. A good starting point is if you have had your foundation or tinted moisturizer color-matched they likely told you what undertones you have.
3) Choose the correct formulation for you – everyone does not look good in glossy, red lipstick. My general rule of thumb, is that once you are beyond your early 30’s you should be choosing semi-matte or matte formulas.
Choose the right red and you will stand out in the crowd – in a good way. Reds are meant to be worn with confidence. If not, you’ll look like you are that naughty girl that just got caught in her mother’s makeup drawer. So, celebrate your joie de vivre – pick the right red for you and rock it with confidence!