Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Vamp or die! Go bold and totally vampy with dark red lips with subtle shimmer and shine.

Add coral for less OTT red! So red is too bold or too much for you? Try getting a shade with a little bit of coral in it, or even topping your go-to red with a coral gloss. It’ll tone down the red a few notches.

No-regrets-red! Embrace the beauty that is red. Try out a completely unapologetic red like Russian Red!

Classic beauty! Try a retro red, like Viva Glam I, which is matte, not too bright, but still unmistakably red.

Brown down red! Tone down a red by adding more brown to it, which will help to neutralize the color, without overpowering the red itself.

(And if you need help with red lipstick application, here’s a tutorial.)

Do you have a way to wear red lipstick? Share it with us!

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18 thoughts on “FIVE WAYS . . . to wear red lipstick!

  1. I love all the looks! I don’t think I could pull off any of them, though I did love that NARS lip swatch you did a while back of some red colour…

  2. evangelia

    hey christine! hope you are enjoying your vacay :) when you have time, i would love to see some pics added to this post!

  3. Tanya

    red gloss – sheer and easy to wear

  4. Tanya from Oz

    My fave red lippie right now is mac’s london life. Its a rosey berry lustre.

    To get the ‘look’, I apply some lip balm. At the moment I love my burts bees stuff.

    then I just dab it on straight from the tube. I blot the excess off with a tissue. voila!

    I like this method because it leaves a berry/wine stain (that looks fairly natural :D)

    • Was that a LE lipstick, Tanya? I don’t remember it at all!

      • Tanya from Oz

        its a lipstick from the euristocrats collection earlier this year (only for europe)

        I was really lucky cos my dad had to go to vienna for a conference and on his way back he had some time to kill at heathrow airport (waiting for his plane to aus), and guess where I told him to go… MAC!!! *he he* what a lovely daughter I am lol!

        so yes, i am just lucky to scab a few of those colours, they ended up being my first black-tubed mac lippies!

  5. Nosh

    I loooove NARS afghan red. SOOOO pretty. It’s a deep berry red and I think it looks so good on a variety of skin tones!

  6. Jennifer

    If I’m going to wear red, it’s gotta be Russian Red – it has a distinctly Dita von Teese effect when I wear it, but it’s perfect!

  7. These looks are wonderful, I love how you show a number of different ways. Sometimes red can be so intimdating, but I think there is something for everyone here. :)

    Lately the reds I’ve been wearing are New York Apple (berry-red) and Rose Go Round (sheer). I usually line with Half Red, smudge the line and then apply from the tube and then go over it with a lip brush to smooth it out. Neutral glosses can really tone down red too, to make it more wearable too.

    Great article!

  8. Don’t think it would suit me personally but it looks grogeous!