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Dos and Don'ts While Wearing Red Lipstick

Understand the cosmetic faux pas of wearing red lipstick, and swear to never fall prey to the latest trends and fads. With Buzzle, you will discover the dos and don'ts of wearing this bold, yet classy, shade and conquer the red beast.
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Our lips have a natural reddish hue.
The skin on our lips has about 3 - 5 cellular layers, as compared to the skin on our face (up to 16 layers). So, the thinner the skin, the appearance of the blood vessels increases; giving our lips their wonderful reddish hue.
Regardless of skin tone, lips come in many shades, sizes, and shapes. For many, the everlasting battle to find the perfect lipstick color is nerve-racking. So when you put a red lipstick in the mix, chances are that most women will choose to avoid it altogether. In the last few years, many cosmetic brands have introduced lipsticks in new textures and finishes that achieve instant sophistication.

Red lipstick is a girl's best friend, and can be worn with everything from jeans to dresses. And so, with the valuable dos and don'ts mentioned below, you will never let any shade of lipstick intimidate you, ever.

Your Dos and Don'ts Guide

Finding the right shade and technique to wear red lipstick demands a process. Once you have a clear idea as to what that entails, you're one step closer to achieving a flawless look every time. So, instead of giving you the lackluster 'dos and don'ts' sections, we thought of making it much, much more interesting.

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Different Types of Lips

Every individual has unique lips, and it can get tough to categorize everyone into a small, generalized group. However, there are certain highlighting features that are helpful. Keeping this in mind, take a look at the following 6 lip shapes to know the 'dos and don'ts' of applying red lipstick.

FULL LIPS

Woman with Full Lips and Red Lipstick

Do:
Apply foundation every time you apply red lipstick or gloss.
Don't:
Use plumping glosses and lip liners as neither are necessary on your lips.

WIDE LIPS

Woman with Wide Lips and Red Lipstick

Do:
Use lip gloss for daytime, and a matte lipstick for nighttime events.
Don't:
Overdraw your lips with the lip liner; it'll make your lips appear wider.

ROUND LIPS

Woman with Round Lips and Red Lipstick

Do:
Apply lip liner past the outer ends of your mouth to reveal the round shape of your lips.
Don't:
Choose a lip liner that is darker than your lipstick shade as it makes your lips appear bolder.

THIN LIPS

Woman with Thin Lips and Red Lipstick

Do:
Use a lip plumping gloss over the lipstick to make your lips appear fuller.
Don't:
Forget to apply lip liner and lipstick on the corners of your mouth.

BOTTOM-HEAVY LIPS

Woman with Bottom-heavy Lips and Red Lipstick

Do:
Apply gloss to the center of your bottom lip after applying lipstick.
Don't:
Randomly follow a trend and pick a red lipstick shade; follow a celebrity or model for inspiration.

TOP-HEAVY LIPS

Woman with Top-heavy Lips and Red Lipstick

Do:
Apply lip liner inside the top lip, and outside the bottom lip.
Don't:
Use too much lip gloss; avoid it altogether, or apply on the lower lip only.


How to Apply Red Lipstick

Many makeup artists have their own technique or style of applying lipstick. As they get to practice and perfect the skill for years, the results are obviously flawless. So, how to get that runway-worthy application every time you stand in front of the mirror? It's simple―by following this cheat's guide to getting a perfect pout.

Step 1

Applying Red Lipstick Step 1

With a lip pencil, draw a downward diagonal line at the right side of your cupid's bow.
Step 2

Applying Red Lipstick Step 2

Move to the left side of your cupid's bow, and draw another downward diagonal line, making an X.
Step 3

Applying Red Lipstick Step 3

From the right side of the cupid's bow, apply the lip liner on your upper lip till the outer corner; repeat on the other side.
Step 4

Applying Red Lipstick Step 4

From the outer corners of the lower lip, draw a line beginning at either sides that join in the middle.
Step 5

Applying Red Lipstick Step 5

Keep the lipstick or lip gloss at an angle and follow the curve of your upper lip to apply the color.
Step 6

Applying Red Lipstick Step 6

Repeat the step on the left side of your upper lip.
Step 7

Applying Red Lipstick Step 7

Use the lipstick or gloss to apply the color on your bottom lip as well.
And ...

Woman with Full Red Lips

that's all there is to it. Gorgeous, luscious red lips.
How to Wear Red Lipstick

With just a few swipes, a sexy shade of crimson can brighten your face, outfit, and smile. To achieve this classic style, remember these dos and don'ts while wearing red lipstick.

Do:

1. Change the shades with seasons. Wear glossy red lipstick or apply lip gloss over it in summer, and go with creamy and matte shades in winter.

2. Choose your outfit accordingly. It's not the outfit that chooses the lipstick; the shade of your lipstick will decide which outfit to wear. Solid blacks and grays, most evening gowns, and denim with a leather jacket are perfect companions of red; stay away from pink clothes and accessories.

3. Make sure your teeth are white. Stained teeth from coffee, tea, and tobacco can ruin the dream of a beautiful smile with red lipstick.

4. Sheer out your lipstick if it's too bold. You can get two outcomes with the same lipstick shade. First, apply a clear lip gloss all over your lip area. Next, apply your favorite lipstick over the same area as you normally would. And this is the outcome:

One Lipstick, Two Outcomes
Effects with just lipstick (left) and with lip gloss + lipstick (right).

5. Give your lips a matte effect. If you're wearing this color at work or during daytime, consider giving it a matte effect. First, apply the lipstick, gloss, or tinted lip balm and then, stamp some powdered blush (similar shade) over it.

Don't:

1. Use the wrong red. Anyone can wear the various shades of red, but it needs to complement your skin tone. For cool skin tones, opt for blue-based reds, and for warm skin tones, use orange-toned reds.

2. Take advice from friends. In order to find the perfect shade(s) for your skin tone and shape of the lips, always follow the 'trial and error' method.

3. Get lipstick on your teeth. Once you've applied the color, put your index finger between both lips and pull it out. This will prevent the lipstick faux pas.

4. Go overboard with the rest of your makeup. Regardless of hue, red lipstick is bold and powerful in itself. So, keep the makeup to a minimum, unless an occasion demands it.

5. Underestimate the power of a lip liner. A lip liner is a lipstick's best friend, and they both go hand in hand. As for the red lipstick, the liner helps lock the lipstick on your lips and won't let it smudge.

There you have it, ladies! But before we bid adieu, we wish to share another suggestion with you―the only way a lipstick shade can look divine on your lips is when they are moisturized on a daily basis. So take good care of your lips, and revel in the compliments that come your way.
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Published: August 11, 2014
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