When it comes to lipstick, would you rather be pretty in pink than rocking the red? Every gal needs to rev up her look now again with a bold red lip. But red lipstick can be intimidating. No matter how much I like a color when I buy it and try it in the privacy of my own bathroom, stepping out in public in a brighter shade of lipstick than I’m used to can be intimidating. Here’s how to find the right red for you.
Experiment to Find the Right Color for Your Skin Tone
How to come up with the right shade of red lipstick depends on your skin tone. You’re going to have to do a little homework to find what works for you. Look through magazines and try to match a celebrity skin tone to your own and see what color red she is wearing. Totalbeauty.com lets you do just that, with a selection of photos of actresses wearing different shades.
Avoid a Heavily Made-Up Look
Never wear red lipstick with heavy makeup, says blogger Anita Rivas. The rest of your makeup should be casual and understated, she says. Too much makeup plus red lips can age you, or interfere with heavy eye shadow and blush. Go easy with the makeup elsewhere and let red lips pop.
Use a Lip Stain
One of the easiest ways to get rich, red lips is to use a stain that comes in pen form. Line your lips with the pen and them fill them in. Pixi Lip Blush is a good start.
Use Lip Pencil
Use a red lip pencil to line lips, but don’t go overboard. You can fill them in completely with the lip pencil, then apply a moisturized red lipstick and use a brush to blend it in.
Consider the Lighting
Realsimple.com suggests bolder red lips are better for night. If you’re going to be outdoors in daylight or in brighter lighting conditions, you might want to go for a more mellow shade of red.