7 Dos and Don'ts of Wearing Red Lipstick That Any Makeup Lover Should Know ...

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite aunts always wore red lipstick and had her nails and toenails painted red. I thought this was just the most beautiful thing in the world, and for years, I couldn’t wait to wear red lipstick myself. 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. In fact, once I walked home with it on and my family begged me not to wear it again. Being a makeup perfectionist for years, I couldn’t believe I’d make such a huge cosmetic faux pas! Don’t wear red lipstick the wrong way by following my simple rules. Red is classy, bold and so sophisticated, but it must be worn right to pull it off. Follow these steps so your family doesn’t have to be the ones to tell you it isn’t your best color like mine did!

1. Know What Shade is Right for You

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Here’s the thing about choosing a good red lipstick: there are many color shades suited for various skin types. You’ll need to try on many before you find one that works for you. They come in a variety of shades, such as orange shades of red, pink shades of red, and even cool bluish-reds. A safe and general rule is that women with fair skin should lean toward true reds with no orangey tones, while medium-skinned women look best in pinkish or orangey reds. Dark-skinned women should go for darker shades and even sport purple and wine-colored hues of red. This may take some trial and error to find what works for you, so be patient! Finding a good lipstick shade can take years, but don’t just go for the infamous red light red and expect to pull it off the first time. With all the many shades out there, it might not hurt to go to a makeup counter and have a specialist make recommendations.

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