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Red lipstick is a universal classic and can never go out of style. It’ll turn ordinary drab into fashion-forward chic. This French-woman essential is tricky to pull off, but (when done correctly), can look fabulous. So, here are a few red lip tricks on how to wear red lipstick. These tips will take you from plain-jane to red-carpet-ready:

50 shades of red

The secret to acing the red lip? Just find the correct shade for your skin tone. These days, red is never really ‘red’, as beauty companies have come up with a variety of reds to suit different skin tones. So, if you’re on the paler side, the red will really, really pop. You’ll want to tone it down with going nude on the eyes and cheeks. If your complexion is pink, you’ll look better in plum shades, while girls with yellow tones are flattered by warmer reds that have a brown base, according to celebrity makeup artist Jemma Kidd in Harper’s Bazaar. However, the best way to know which colour suits you is to go into a store and try a bunch of red lipsticks!

Application is key

The second tip is to concentrate on the application. In this case lip liner is your savior. Line your lips with the same shade of red, which helps avoid colour bleeding. It will also give you long-lasting colour. Use a lip brush to fill in your lipstick to get an even tone and more control on the application. Once you’re a pro, you can go ahead and apply it right away.

 

Re-evaluate!

Thirdly, choose your outfit wisely. Though red lips go with almost anything, make sure the outfit complements the shade of red your wearing. Clashing red with a colour that doesn’t go with it is a recipe for disaster. It’s important to step back and see whether your lipstick complements your ensemble and vice versa.

Choose lighter shades if you’re older

If you’re older, wear a lighter shade of red. To prevent your look from being too severe, vouch for a rosy shade of red to tone it down a bit or avoid red lips altogether and play up your eyes instead.

I personally love red lipstick because it gives me that je ne sais quoi that only a great red can give. At the end of the day, it’s your own personal touch that matters the most so don’t think too much about it, and instead incorporate it effortlessly into your daily look.

Are you going to try the red lip? Comment below!