There is nothing sexier than a bold red lip. It provides instant confidence, glamour and femininity. A woman’s version of the red power tie. Makeup is a surprising ancient tradition and red lips particularly have been around for thousands of years. Although it tends to pop in and out of style and favor, red lipstick has certainly been experiencing a resurgence in recent years. And it’s not just starlets turning heads with cherry lips, everyday women have decided to add this classic beauty staple to their makeup arsenal.
Although I wear makeup everyday, I’ve never been known to be very adventurous with my color choices, usually sticking to neutrals. Boring! The only time I adopt anything new is when I get my makeup done professionally for an event and feel obligated to purchase the items used on my face.
A few months ago, when I was getting my makeup applied for a wedding, I finally got up the courage to ask for a red lip. Like many women, I wasn’t confident in picking a color on my own, afraid I’d end up looking trampy rather than glam. Luckily my makeup artist found the perfect shade of red: Estee Lauder’s Rebellious Rose. And I must say, I’m now hooked. I’ve changed my entire makeup routine to accommodate my new lipstick color. And unsurprising, my bold red lips definitely give me a boost with each swipe of the applicator.
Are you afraid of red lipstick? Here are four helpful tips for wearing red lips:
Have a professional choose the color: There are dozens of shades of red, which can make choosing the right color tricky. Makeup artists and department store beauty consultants are trained to choose the right color palette to match your skin tone, so let them do the work for you. You’ll not only have a professional stamp of approval, but you’ll also avoid bringing home a dozen wrong shades, saving you time and money.
Wear the color around the house: When you first put on red lipstick, it can look awfully bright and/or harsh, especially if your everyday makeup routine consists of a nude lip. Rather than rub it off straight away convinced it’s just too “much,” wear it around the house for a few hours. You’d be surprised how quickly you’ll get used to the bold color.
Tone down your eyes and cheeks: Because red lips are such a statement, it’s important to keep the rest of your face more neutral. That means toning down your eye makeup and cheek color. If you don’t, you run the risk of looking like tramp. A nude eye and minimal blush/bronzer will help balance your bold lips.
Choose the appropriate time to wear it: I’m a firm believer that red lips can be worn everyday (I certainly do!), however there are certain instances when wearing bold lipstick colors just looks silly or out-of-place, like when you’re at the gym or doing most outdoor activities.
Do you wear red lipstick? What’s your favorite brand and color?