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It’s no secret that red lips have made it into makeup’s all-time hall of fame. Seen on the lips of ancient queens, Hollywood’s most classic celebs, and today’s street-style influencers, it’s clear that a ruby-hued lip color has withstood the test of time. In fact, finding a complementary red shade is the perfect way to take your makeup look to the next level. While any standout lip can add that certain je ne sais quoi we all so badly crave, there’s no denying that red-painted lips will always be a favorite. Here, learn how to find your perfect red lipstick, as well as the top dos and don’ts for rocking kissable red lips.
The thing about red lipstick is that there are about a hundred shades to choose from, all of them ranging in different tones to best suit different skin tones. Don’t worry—we’ll keep things simple. As a general rule of thumb, true reds that don’t have any orangey hints look best on fair skin, pinkish and orangey reds look best on those with medium skin types and darker, plum and wine-soaked reds look best when paired with dark skin.
Find a few red lip options, based on your skin tone, below.
If you have fair skin…swipe on the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red or the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Colored Ink, High Pigment in Adored.
If you have medium skin…swipe on the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Fiery or the L’Oréal Paris Matte Lip Crayon, Lasting Wear, Smudge Resistant in Caramel Rebel.
If you have dark skin…swipe on the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Lip Crayon, Lasting Wear, Smudge Resistant in Spice of Life or the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glassy Garnet.
So, you’ve found your ideal red—congrats! You’re not quite in the clear yet, though. Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to the perfect red lip than just the color you use. So, be sure to follow our lists of dos and don’ts to help you flawlessly rock the most gorgeous finishing touch all day long.
OK, so you exfoliate your complexion and your body, but aren’t you forgetting something? Your lips, silly! If you’ve ever wondered what’s standing between you and a smoother lipstick application, it could be a little exfoliation. Use a lip scrub and gently massage your lips to buff away any dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your lips.
Before you get a little too pucker happy and jump straight to colorful glory, grab your favorite lip balm to help prime and hydrate your lips after exfoliation.
Next up on the pretty pucker list: lip liner. Lip liner can help your lipstick stay in place so that it doesn’t bleed outside the lines. Trace the contours of your lips a couple times over to really define your pout. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner.
Red lips stand out on their own, but when you expertly accentuate your cupid’s bow, you’ll bring all the attention to a seriously pillow-y pout. All you have to do is take your lip liner and draw an X starting at the highest point of your natural lip and extending down from that point. Repeat on the other side of your top lip to create the X.
Now that you’ve perfectly prepped your pout, it’s time for color. When filling in your lips, don’t go too far outside the lines. While over-lined lips are definitely on trend, you never want to go overboard. Stay just slightly outside the contours of your natural lips and use an angled brush to reach every nook and cranny.
Want to help your lips look a little bigger? Just a dab of lip gloss on the middle of your lower lip will do the trick.
If you find that your lips look a little too red or a touch too glossy, grab a tissue and blot your lips. You should avoid rubbing your lips together because this can smear your well-defined edges.
Before you walk out the door with your perfect red lips, make sure that your teeth look perfect as well. Since red lipstick is super-bright, it’s also super-noticeable when it ends up somewhere it shouldn't.
And just like that, you have your prettiest, most classic pucker yet! Next up: 10 Lip Products Everyone Should Have in Their Makeup Bag.
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