Beauty Tips
BY: LBL Team

10 Little Tricks for Red Lipstick That Pops

Pro tips for wearing red lipstick that wows

Red lipstick is a timeless staple. It flatters any type of skin tone. It always looks classy. And it’s a symbol as iconic as the little black dress. That being said, red lipstick can feel intimidating to pull off. Boost your red lip confidence level with these 10 pro tips for red lipstick that pops.

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. Alternatively, you can build up the shape and dimension of lips with plumping treatments and nude lip liners.

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 perfect outfit

Believe it or not, as long as you focus on one feature (the lips of course!) you can rock a red lip with just about anything. Relaxed and casual or full-on formal! Red lipstick naturally pairs best with neutrals, but can look amazing with more red, too.

5. Say no to smoky eyes

If you’re wearing red lipstick, stick with a natural eye look to strike the perfect balance.

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. You can also use concealer to help shape your lip when applying and reapplying.

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 lipstick deserves great lips

Red lipstick can feel like a beauty superpower, a way to add instant drama to your look, put a little pep in your step, and more. Knowing how to work with this somewhat polarizing lip color will give you a proper chance to enjoy its impressive makeup and mood-boosting qualities.

And the best way to pull off red lipsticks is to have a great canvas to work with. If you’re interested in adding a little volume to your lips and even more wow-factor, dermal fillers like Juvéderm helps you dial up your lips’ lusciousness with easy, lasting results. Juvéderm is the only hyaluronic acid filler clinically proven to last up to a year in the lips with a single treatment. Its formulation causes minimal swelling compared to other fillers, so lip enhancements look natural.

To find out if Juvéderm is right for you, book a free, no-obligation consultation with LaserAway today. As the nation’s leader in aesthetic dermatology, LaserAway has helped countless patients achieve a look they love.


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  2. “8 Ways to Pull Off Red Lips Once and for All,” Total Beauty, January 23, 2013.
  3. “Easy Tips for Wearing Red Lipstick,” Real Simple, [Date unknown].
  4. “The Rules of Red Lipstick,” Good Housekeeping, November 7, 2012.
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