Beauty Trend: The Red Lip

What: A red painted lip is the hottest beauty look
What the experts say: No need to confine your red lipstick to a nocturnal schedule these days. This from “By keeping the rest of your face very neutral and soft, red lips can work with any outfit, any time and don’t need to be saved for special occasions,” says Carol Shaw, creator of Lorac cosmetics.
What we say: Any time? Well, we’re not so sure about that. Red lips are big and powerful, not to mention hard to apply. They can either make you look like a glamorous Hollywood siren or Ronald McDonald. If you’re bold enough to pull off this look, stick to the following rule of thumb: blue reds for blondes, berry reds for redheads and brick reds for brunettes. For you more modest types, start off with a sheer red gloss and work your toward more pigment, should you feel the urge. To achieve such red lip perfection, dab your color on with a lip brush. This will keep it within the lines and prevent mistakes. If you do make a faux pas, clean up is easy by brushing concealer along your lip line. 

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  1. nymdqueen34 says

    I don’t know about this, I’ve tried several shades of red lipstick and still I look a mess with it. I’m a light skin African American woman and red just doesn’t look good on me.

  2. MizHalsegan says

    I think you have to ease into red lips, I like the suggestion of gloss first then the big guns. I do think there is a red for everyone.

  3. pippi says

    I do also love the red lipstick, but it did take a while to get used to it. MaxFactor Silk Gloss in cherry Delicious (327) was the one that won me over.

    Also, as for the rule of thumb, I’d modify it to match the share of red to the “hair colour of your skin”, so to say. For example I have naturally red hair, now dark brown, almost black, so more important than matching for the hair was finding shades that work with my pales of pale, slightly freckled skin tone.

    Also, dabbing the colour on with a finger will give you the bright color without the painted look.

  4. thewavelife says

    Don’t forget, if you’re doing a red lip, you’ve gotta have white teeth! The combination of yellow teeth and red lips is terrifying to behold.

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