As a makeup artist, I believe that every single woman can rock red lipstick (and yes, that includes you).
There are just a few tricks and secrets to help you learn how to wear red lipstick and get on the path to a classically sexy kisser!
Let’s start at the place most women get stumped first…
This is a question I get asked a lot, “What’s the right shade of red lipstick for me?”
Or I hear, “I really want to wear red lipstick but I haven’t found the right one yet.”
Here’s my answer – every single time: You can wear a huge number of red shades!
It’s more of a question of taste. When you imagine the perfect red, is it a vampy, blood shade or is it a crisp, bright one?
Don’t worry, I’ll help you out with some options and follow up this post with a round up of my favorite natural, organic, non-toxic red lipsticks. So make sure you sign up to get emails from me, so you don’t miss a thing!
Why women feel they can’t pull off red lipstick
It’s usually two-fold.
Red lipstick says, “NOTICE ME”. If you are a bit shy, or you are secretly worried about being seen, well that’s going to be a hard to avoid if you’re wearing red.
Every color conveys a different energy. So it’s no surprise that red signifies strength, courage, passion, confidence, excitement.
When you put it on, how do you feel? What’s the conversation going on in your head?
Is it a sexy feeling of boldness or self-diminishing conversation?
Just get curious. It could be interesting to hear what plays out in your mind.
2. Not doing the rest of your makeup the right way
You absolutely cannot – CANNOT – put red lipstick on without first evening out the skin tone, covering up excess redness, and/or dark under eye circles first.
It will look horrific.
Am I being dramatic?
Maybe a bit, but it’s because I want to drive this point home.
You must be willing to do some corrective foundation and concealing to balance such a bold color on your face.
6 of My Best Tips on How to Wear Red Lipstick
Prep your lips during your skincare routine by exfoliating the dead skin with a light scrub and moisturize immediately. Then blot any excess moisture before applying lip color.
2. Visible lip liner is like having visible panty lines…it’s a “don’t”
Obvious lip liner just isn’t pretty or fashionable. The first rule for keeping your bright color under control is to line your lips with a matching toned pencil or a nude color that blends into your natural lip color.
3. Precision matters
When applying lip color, be precise. With such bright shades it’s extra important to keep the edges of the lip crisp and emphasize the Cupid’s bow AKA the center part of your upper lip where there are two peaks with a curved “valley” between them.
Since Cupid is the Roman God of erotic love, I think you’ll be headed in the right direction no matter what!
4. Don’t gloss over it
That’s the point where you could start to venture into tramp land if you don’t do it tastefully. So avoid vulgar all together, by keeping lips mostly matte.
Also with all that gloss your pretty, well-drawn lips will start to slide off and you could end up with a clown-mouth.
5. Mistakes happen
If you make a mistake with the color, it gets smudged or is going in the wrong direction, take action immediately, because bright colors will leave a stain. Use a cotton swab soaked in makeup remover to take off the mistake, then use a bit of concealer over the area to hide the stained color, and then you can re-apply.
6. Lick your lips
Ever so slightly lick your lips (in a discreet way) before drinking out of a glass. That will keep your lipstick from adhering to the glass as much!
Need a few more visuals to help you out?
Check out the tutorial I did for MindBodyGreen on 7 Easy Steps To Use Non-Toxic Makeup For A Sexy Night-Out Look.
There’s a great graphic I created for Whole Foods Market’s blog that shows steps for how to get the red lipstick look using green, natural makeup you can see over at KristenArnett.com.
I’d love to hear from you if you have doubts about how to wear red lipstick, or if you used to and how you over came those doubts. Let me know in the comments below!
All makeup work by Kristen Arnett. Photos by: Toto Cullen, D. Todini, Kristen Arnett.