I constantly hear from people who tell me they ‘can’t pull off wearing red lipstick’ – the first thing I ever say to them is “yes, you can”! I truly think that, by observing a few simple guidelines, anyone can make red lips look hot, glamorous and absolutely stunning.
Here are my top tips!
1. Heavy on the lips, lighter on the eyes
If you’re going for a full-on red pout, keep the eyes a little more subtle. When wearing red lipstick I like to wear a little black eyeliner on the upper lashline, blended out and often flicked out slightly at the edge of the eye. It’s a timeless look and works every time.
2. Prepare and condition your lips beforehand
You’re never going to feel good in lipstick if your lips themselves are dry, cracked or sore. Make sure your lips are soft and smooth before applying your lipstick. It will go on much better and feel lovely to wear.
3. Choose your perfect shade
It took me a little while to find my perfect red lipstick, but when I did I was over the moon! My holy grail red lippy is Rockette Red by Rockalily (available HERE) – it is blue-based, which makes your teeth look whiter, and is perfect for pale girls like me. Check out the Rockalily website for tips on choosing the best red for your skin tone.
4. Get the look: the whole package
When I wear red lipstick, I like to feel glamorous. I tend to wear it with a monochrome outfit (not a rule but a personal preference!) and heels if I’m going out. I challenge anyone not to feel incredibly glam in heels, a little black dress and red lipstick!
5. Feed confident, look confident
If you love how you look and feel in red lips, it will show! I find it somewhat empowering; I can’t explain why, but I feel fantastic walking down the street with bold lips and the attitude to match. Try it – I dare you!
What are your top tips for pulling off red lipstick? Feel free to share them in the comments below!