Make a statement with classic red lips. For those women who love keeping it simple with a natural-toned lipstick or lip gloss, wearing red lipstick can seem frightening. Maybe you love how it looks on other people, but feel it's too bold for you. With the following tips, you'll find that red really isn't that scary, and you actually look pretty darn good with those movie-star lips.
When thinking about luscious red lips, the first thing to keep in mind is that everyone can wear red lipstick, but there isn't one shade of red that's right for everyone. Choosing the right shade of red is the key to looking fabulous and not drag-a-licious. The easiest way to find the right shade for you is to apply the lipstick only to the top lip and compare the color against your lower lip. If the shade is one or two shades lighter or darker than your natural lip color, then you've found yourself a winner.
Another way to find your best color is to look for the hues in the lipsticks. Take a white piece of paper with you shopping, and use it to test the lipsticks. Mark the lipstick on the white paper to determine if the lipstick has a blue, orange, wine or brown-based hue.
Fair toned gals should go for shades that have a blue undertone, like cherry and crimson. If you have more of an olive or medium skin tone, look for a shade that has an orange-base, like apple or fire-engine red. Dark-complexioned vixens should go for dark, vampy shades of red like garnet, wine or burgundy. If you're still unsure, schedule a consultation with a certified makeup artist to help determine the best shade for you.
Once you've found your one-of-a-kind red, it's time to prep your kissers for a smooth application. Apply some petroleum jelly to your lips and use a toothbrush to massage your lips, using circular motions. The toothbrush will exfoliate your lips, removing dead skin, while the petroleum jelly leaves lips feeling soft. Wipe off, and you're ready to create those red carpet lips!
Avoid looking like a beat down clown by keeping the rest of your makeup simple. You don't want anything to compete with those iconic lips. They are, after all, the star of the show.