How NOT to wear red lipstick

“There is a shade of red for every woman.” —Audrey Hepburn

My love for red lipstick developed when I saw first Taylor Swift photo. She was looking so beautiful in her strawberry red lipstick. Nevertheless, she looked sophisticated. I always think of her when I see a tube in the store, yet I don’t buy it for myself because my skin tones are very different than hers. I don’t look good in red lipstick, despite the many attempts I’ve made to try it.

Red is classy, bold and so sophisticated, but it must be worn right to pull it off. Everyone has quirky little red-lip-Hepburn hidden inside them, so channel that crimson-loving self, but only after reading these rules on how NOT to wear red lipstick.

The key is to match your lip colour to your undertones.

For medium skin tones

DO NOT… use deep, rich tones.They could darken your complexion and make your lips look deeper than usual.

DO.. go for anything in shades of pink reds (cool reds). They work well with golden undertones. Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Calypso is good for medium skin tones.

Bobbi Brown's Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Calypso

For Darker Skin tone

DO NOT… use corals or coral reds with blue undertones, that’s if you don’t want your skin to look dull and ashy.

DO… Swipe a deep, rich color like burgundy or warm brick tones.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Red Ego.

 Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in red ego

For lighter skin tones

DO NOT… try fire engine reds and orange-based reds as they make your complexion brighter than it already is.

DO… use coral reds — they add a shot of color without being overwhelming.

Lancôme Rouge in Love in Rose Budoir

 Lancôme Rouge in Love in Rose Budoir

Play with it Ultimately, choose what finally feels (and looks) right, but don’t forget to have fun with it. If a colour may not look too great with your complexion, blend it with lighter or darker shades until it fits you perfectly.


  • Many people think lip liner is outdated, but when it comes to red lipstick, it is your Best Friend! The great thing about using lip liner with red lipstick is that you won’t see it like you will when wearing other shades, if you make sure to match up the lip liner to your lipstick correctly. The point of using lip liner with red lipstick is so it locks the lipstick on your lips.
  • When choosing to wear red lipstick, you’ll have to base the entire rest of your outfit around it. Red is bold, striking, and can be brilliant if worn the right way. Yet, when it isn’t, it can be tacky, trashy and tragic! We want you to #look your best, so wear red lipstick with a complementary outfit. Red looks great with solid black, such as little black dresses or a suit, and it also looks great with most evening gowns, and jeans with a leather bomber jacket for a more fashionable twist. It also pairs well with simple ballet flats, a brown or black outfit, and with a leopard accent such as a scarf. Just don’t overdo animal print with red lipstick; that’s a big no-no!
  • Red lipstick does not look good on yellow-stained teeth from coffee, tea, or other dark beverages or tobacco. Ever seen a flashy white smile with red lipstick? It’s gorgeously bold and alluring, while also still looking clean and ladylike. If you’re going to wear red, wear it right and keep your teeth white!
  • When wearing red lipstick, be sure to tone the rest of your makeup down by using subtler, skin-friendly shades. For example, red lipstick pairs well with light brown eyeshadows better than dark black eyeshadows, or purples. Don’t wear rosy red blush with red lipstick, but go with a softer blush shade. Also be sure to get a clean, pressed powder to keep your skin looking soft and polished. Make sure you don’t overstate your eyeliner and embrace a good mascara!

Follow the rule and you can rock the bold RED look too 😉 Comment if you like it or have any suggestion for me. Follow me on Twitter: @Sagarika_1d



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