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Ah, a classic red lip—there’s nothing like it. While glossy lipsticks and tinted lip balms are making a major comeback right now, one lip color we know will never get pushed to the back burner is a beautiful dark red matte lipstick. Intimidated by the bold color? You don’t have to be! With the right prep work and application technique, you’ll be able to master dark red matte lip makeup. Below, we share our best dark red matte lipsticks along with tips for applying this makeup product like a pro. It’s time to try this beauty trend yourself!
Looking through your makeup bag and not finding any dark red matte lipsticks? Don’t fret! We’ve got a few great options for you. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Devil’s Matte-Vocate Red if you’re looking for a dark classic red, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Matador if you’re leaning towards a dark pomegranate red, or the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Doesn’t Matte-R if you’re looking for a dark wine red. Now that you’ve chosen your dark red matte lipstick, it’s time to learn how to apply it for your prettiest pout yet.
Follow these tips for applying dark red matte lipstick, then show off your gorgeous pucker!
Step 1: Exfoliate your lips. One of the easiest ways to disrupt the look of a beautiful red pout is when your dark red matte lipstick is applied over flaky lips. No fun! Luckily, buffing away those flakes can be super-fun—and relaxing, too! Just massage the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub onto your lips, then rinse it off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. Now you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Step 2: Reach for lip primer. Primer isn’t just for foundation or eye makeup—it can also help to keep lipstick in place and create a smooth canvas for lipstick application. Look for a primer that’s specifically designed to be used on the lips, and tap on a small amount all over your pout before painting any color onto your lips.
Step 3: Apply lip liner. Lip liner can be a game-changer when it comes to dark red matte lipstick application. Outlining your lips before applying lipstick can help to keep your color from seeping outside the lines. Just make sure your lip liner isn’t too dark, though—you don’t want to walk around looking like a coloring book that’s yet to be filled in. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in a shade that closely matches your chosen lipstick shade to put this beauty tip to the test.
Step 4: Put your lipstick on the right way. When you start at the corners of your lips, it’s more likely that you’ll veer outside the lines. To avoid this little dilemma, just start applying your dark red matte lipstick at the center of your lips—and take notice of how your perfect pout becomes more controlled. You’ll get the hang of this with practice!
Step 5: Touch up your lips with concealer or highlighter. Even when you apply your dark red matte lipstick according to all the best beauty tips and tricks, there’s still a chance that your lines won’t be quite as precise as you’d like. If you notice any color outside the lines, before trying to redo your lip look altogether, simply dip a cotton swab into some of the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types to touch up the edges before making your mouth look even more crisp with some well-placed L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer or highlighter.
Now that you know how to master dark red matte lipstick, check out our article, Our Best Lipstick for Every Zodiac Sign, for a little more lip color inspo.