Classic red lipstick will dress up your look as soon it’s applied. It will take you right out of the ordinary into the world of high fashion. But, red lipstick carries with it a responsibility. The wearer must do right by it. They must be able to wear it like a pro, and carry it with pride.
For this reason there are unspoken as well as spoken rules to wearing red lipstick successfully. The shade this refers to is the classic, true red lipstick- which really almost every one can wear, as it is a basic, primary red.
But there can be a slight variation to this classic colour in the case of redheads and blondes, if they feel this colour doesn’t complement their skin tone. Remember wearing red lipstick is all about wearing it with confidence. Therefore, women with warm tones, like natural red heads or strawberry blondes, may want to wear a slightly more orange or poppy red shade, but they must be careful because, if it is too orange, the classic red look will be lost.
Blonde or fair skinned women can get away with classic red lipstick but if they feel it overwhelms their look, they could wear it slightly subdued. The red they choose can have a slight brown tone or a lighter cool tone. The trick with natural blondes or women with light brown hair is not to layer it too much so it doesn’t become heavy looking. A slight shine or bronze tone applied on top will also deflect the deepness of the colour. Brunettes can usually go the deep red lipstick route easily, but they too can feel overwhelmed and may want to soften it a bit.
The first of the basic rules of wearing red lipstick is that the rest of your look must be able to support it- no sweat pants and old t-shirts allowed. The second rule is that you must not have obvious pinks, roses or peach tones in your makeup or outfit as it can look garish and will clash with classic red. Sometimes this rule is bent in the case of costumes, fun swim wear or deliberately, in extreme trendy looks.
A third basic rule is more fundamental, and that is: it must be applied correctly or it will fail. And the fourth rule is actually one that is universally understood. It is simply- if you’re going to wear it, you have to own it. And it is in this last basic rule, the attitude of ownership, that hinges the true key to wearing red lipstick successfully. The French call it wearing it with panache!
Putting on the Ritz-
As already mentioned, the first basic rule in wearing red lipstick is it must be supported with the right outfit. This means that in any dress-up or formal situation, except if your outfit or gown is orange or pink, it will look always look great! .Yes, you can wear other lipstick shades when you’re getting dressed to the nines and going out, but nothing says “dressed-up” like red lipstick.
And even though red lipstick will always go with dress-up and formal, it can also be worn with a great casual look, as long as that look is well put together. In today’s world many red lips are seen in the office, out for lunch and out on the town, but they’re seen vamping a trendy and fashionable outfit.
Donning red lipstick is like wearing high heels, a great-looking ensemble, or an attractive hair style, etc. It is a conscious decision, and must be executed with savvy. If it’s not a put together look, the red lipstick will only look out of place, and out of style.
Watch your tone
The second rule is wearing the right colour tones in your makeup, nail polish and clothes. Usually, classic red lipstick is a true red- a primary red, as mentioned before, and very visible. Therefore, when you’re wearing it, it’s important to tone down your blush as well as the rest of your makeup. However, accenting your eyes in a classic smokey or cat’s eye look will bring the look together.
Red lipstick does not go with bright pink cheeks unless you’re in a parade. Be sure your blush is subdued and neutral- a muted or brownish rose. It also will not compliment orange toned cheeks, or shades thereof- such as, coral or peach. These colours will clash with the classic red. However, if your skin is warm-toned and you are wearing slightly warm red lipstick- you can wear a peach-brown neutral blush, or bronze, but never obvious peach, and never too much.
The next place to watch for colour clashing is nail polish. Your nail polish cannot be pink, or orange-toned. These colours are basically out with red lipstick. The ideal is having matching nail polish in the same shade of red, but if not, it is best to keep your nail polish fairly neutral: dark browns, dark purples, grays, silver, flesh or beige tones. These are all excellent nail polish choices to be worn with red lipstick.
And as far as the colour of your clothes go, dark or neutral or a matching classic red outfit will go extremely well. If you’re wearing a print or design with red in it, be sure the red is the same shade as your lipstick. And again- pink, rose, or orange shades will only clash. However, all other clothes colours are in, especially: black, grey, white, navy, and royal. Blues, greens, browns, etc. will also go well.
Applying your red lipstick correctly is key to wearing it well. Be sure you have a quality lip brush before you start. If you are wearing foundation, apply a light coating over your lips and then blot. A lipstick primer will do just as well.
Next, line your mouth carefully with a lip liner that closely matches your lipstick. Using lip liner will help stop your lipstick from bleeding. Then apply a thin coat of the red lipstick and make sure it meets the liner. Blot carefully and then take a look. If you want to deepen the shade apply another coat of lipstick with the lip brush.
Finally, very lightly apply a bit of translucent powder to set the lipstick. You can do this with a wedge makeup sponge. Then, if it looks dry, you can apply a bit of gloss to complete the look. For later maintenance- carry your lipstick, lip brush, and lip liner with you.
Wearing red lipstick will instantly give you a confidence boost and bring out your inner siren. Now, you can go out wearing that great outfit- add heels if you want, and top it off with a little attitude! Remember to own that look and you may be mistaken for a celebrity!