Wearing red lipstick can be very daunting for some people, especially if you’re so used to going au naturel most of the time. There are a few tricks to wearing red lipstick that would keep you looking glamorous and chic. Fox In Flats did a “Red Lipstick” dare a while back – I believe it was one of the first of her many style dares – and has some amazing tips that can help you rock the red lipstick.
Here are some of mine:
- Keep your eye make-up to a minimum – the trick is to focus on your LIPS not have your eye make-up and lip make-up compete for attention.
- Buff your lips to clean it of any dead skin – no, not a great look to have your skin peeling on your lips. For that I scrub my lips beforehand with a lip scrub. I use the one from ILIA, which is made from tiny granules of volcanic stone powder. It isn’t too rough that it would cause your lips to bleed – nope not what you would want when scrubbing your lips.
Or, you can make some yourself simply by mixing some raw sugar, lip balm and olive oil.
- Then simply follow the steps I’ve shown on my previous video on how to keep your lipstick from bleeding
With so many different red lipstick to choose from, how do you choose the right shade for your skin tone? Lipstick Queen, Poppy King shared her tips with me in my previous post when I got to meet her over at Kit Cosmetics. So be sure to check that out again to get an idea of what shades suits you best.
For me, I love the red tones with a slight pinkish hue or one with a blue based tone. Here are some of those I’ve tried:
Soho from the Liptropolis Volume I collection – This red has an amazing slight fuchsia tinge, and simply lights up my face. I only need to line my eyes subtly and put on some mascara to make this colour work on my skin tone and face. The Liptropolis Volume 1 collection ($69.95) features 3 lipsticks – Soho, Central Park & Upper East (a light coral pink shade).
Central Park from the Liptropolis Volume I collection – This is part of the collection and has a bold watermelon shade – while it still has a red base, the tone is slightly more pinkish than the Soho shade. You can see from the photo that Central Park has a slightly lighter and warmer tone. Love wearing this for that everyday look for when I’m looking to add a bit of colour and keep the focus off my tired eyes (another tip I learned from Fox In Flats!).
Revlon Colorburst True Red – I’ve worn this a few times and is one of my favourites with its gorgeous blue based tone and amazing staying power. Plus I love the fact that it doesn’t dry out my lips!
ILIA Crimson & Clover – This has a slight pink tinge to it too and it’s more a tinted lip conditioner, but the colour is actually pretty intense that I think this can pass off as a lipstick that conditions! While many other lipsticks tend to dry out your lips this actually did keep my lips moisturised all day.
Face of Australia’s Lip Quench Moisturising Lipstick in Ruby Delight – This is a much darker shade with a slight tinge of wine stain I believe. Great for when I want a more dramatic look – much like the one I did for the 1920′s flapper style earlier this year.
There are just so many more different shades of red out there, which I’ll hopefully get to experiment with in the near future. Meanwhile, are you one who would be game enough to give the red lipstick a try? Trust me, once you’ve tried, you’ll never go back. Plus, it beats having to focus too much on your eye make-up, cutting your overall make-up time in half!
*I was given the Liptropolis Volume 1 Collection & ILIA Lip Exfoliator and ILIA Crimson & Clover for consideration in accordance with the site’s Disclosure Policy. All others were bought by me.