Red lipstick is forever. It flatters any type of skin tone. And it always looks classy. That being said, there is a right way to wear red lipstick — and many wrong ways.

Here are 10 pro tips for ultra-sexy red lipstick.

1. Consider the lighting where you’re headed

Will your destination be outdoors or indoors? Lighting can change the way red lipstick looks on you. If you’re going to be outdoors, go with a softer or sheerer shade of red. And go bolder in the evening so your features stand out more.

2. Assess your lips’ fullness

If they aren't terribly full, avoid deep red shades; they tend to make lips look smaller.

3. Determine your skin tone

Find the right shade. You should try on loads of different shades of red lipstick to find the one that works for you. Women with fair skin should stick with true reds, medium-skinned women look best in pinkish or orange-y reds, and dark-skinned women should stick with darker shades, including wine-colored hues of red.

4. Choose the right outfit

When worn the wrong way, red lipstick can look a bit downmarket. Red lipstick pairs best with solid black dresses, most evening gowns, and leopard accent scarves. (Just don’t go ape with animal prints.)

5. Say no to smoky eyes

If you’re wearing red lipstick, stick with the lightest possible eye makeup.


6. Use concealer to keep your lipstick's color from bleeding over

A little concealer around the border of your mouth will act to contain the stain.

7. Keep red lipstick off your teeth

To prevent this, blot your lips and insert a clean finger into your mouth. Close your lips around it, and pull the finger out.

8. And while we're talking about teeth, make sure you've whitened them

Red lipstick doesn’t look pretty on yellowish teeth. Flashing a white smile with red lipstick is gorgeous and bold.

9. Avoid red lip liner

If your lip liner doesn’t match your lipstick perfectly, you’ll end up with a two-tone effect.

10. Flip an off shade of red lipstick to on with gloss

Top it with gold gloss to soften too-bold tones, or with pink gloss to make it bluer.

Great lipsticks need great lips

Wear red lipstick the right way, and you’ll radiate classiness and sophistication. Wear it the wrong way, and you’ll look like a clown.

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