I’ve always loved the look of red lipstick. It’s iconic, and adds instant impact. For many years, I shied away from wearing a red lip myself, fearing that it was “too much” or that I would look clownish.
Red Lipstick For Spring
Bright red lipstick is very much on-trend this Spring. And last year when I was in Paris, I noticed more women of all ages wearing red lipstick than in previous years.
I’ve come to realize that the right shade of red brightens up my face like nothing else. While a red lip is classic, it’s important to not only pick a shade that works with one’s skin tone, but that also harmonizes with the season. Last fall I fell in love with Bite Beauty lipstick in “Maple” which is a wonderful brick-red. But for spring it feels just a bit too heavy, so I’ve switched back to a brighter, more orangey-coral red.
Above, I’m wearing Bobbi Brown Art Stick in “Sunset Orange.” (One thing I’ve learned is that most reds tend to go pink on me. If I want a true red look, I need to stick with shades on the more orange end of the spectrum.) I like this formula because it stays put without bleeding, and isn’t drying. NARS “Red Square” is another one that goes on matte, bold and bright, stays put and doesn’t dry out.
But sometimes I want a more moisturizing formula, and will go with a tube lipstick. Chantecaille “Amaryllis” is a little more pink, but still “red-adjacent” enough and wears well. It’s a little more glossy, so I’ll usually add a liner with it. I really like Makeover Workshop’s Longwear Gel liners; they are easy to apply and really keep your lipstick in place. “Maraschino” really amps it up, and if I want to tone down the color a bit I’ll use “Neapolitan,” which is a nice neutral shade. Another Spring favorite from my lipstick stash is Chanel Rouge Coco “Arthur.”
A few tips for wearing red lipstick:
- Exfoliate. If your lips are chapped or peeling, it will show much more with a bright or saturated color. At home, you can use a little bit of salt and scrub gently with your finger. I love this product when I’m traveling or on the go. Totally portable and no mess!
- Condition. I’ve used this lip treatment for a couple of years now and love it. It not only moisturizes but smooths and improves the texture of my lips. Sunscreen is important for lips too, and when I’m going to be outdoors I like this balm with SPF 30.
- Prep. I always give a balm or treatment a few minutes to absorb before applying my lip-liner and lip color. Some people will use foundation and/or powder on their lips prior to applying color, but I can’t do it, just too drying for me.
- Balance. When I wear a red lip, I keep the rest of my makeup really minimal. Maybe a sheer foundation, brows and mascara, at most.
Favorite Formulas For Bold Lip Color
Do you wear a red lip or do you stick with a more natural look?
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