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How To Wear Red Lipstick

A landscape collage image zoomed in on three different skin tones pouting and wearing a bright, red-toned lipstick.

In the words of Audrey Hepburn “there’s a shade of red for every [person]”. Acting as the proverbial LBD for our beauty wardrobe, red lipstick is arguably one of the most loyal, integral and powerful beauty statements of all time. 

While many date the first red lipstick back to 3500 BC, when the ancient Sumerians crushed red rocks into a powder to create lip tints, others believe it was the ancient Egyptians we have to thank for the rise of the sensual shade – as they mixed crushed insects into a vibrant paste of red wax for Cleopatra. Either way, one thing we can all agree on is that the best red lipsticks boost conviction, confidence, romance and rebellion.  

With that in mind, here at Cult Beauty we believe it’s essential to know how to wear red lipstick for the ultimate effect. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to the make up marvel. Keep scrolling to find out everything from how to use red lipstick to the best rouge wonders on the market today.

HOW TO THE FIND THE RIGHT SHADE FOR YOUR SKIN TONE 

The best red lipsticks make a statement. But, with so many shades to choose from, finding the right hue can be tricky. To uncover your go-to colour, consider your skin’s undertone and decide whether it’s cool, warm or neutral. Once you have this, all you need to do is opt for a red pigment that shares the same undertone as your complexion.  

The best red lipsticks for cool undertones: matching your complexion, cool-toned red lipsticks are the way to go – AKA those with hints of blue and purple hues. Think: berry reds… We’re talking cranberries, cherries and everything in between.  

The best red lipsticks for warm undertones: following the same formula as above, those with warm undertones can complement their complexion with (you guessed it) warmer rouge hues. Opting for orange, brown or gold-based shades is an easy and efficient way to find your perfect match. By this we mean tangerine, ruby and poppy shades.  

The best red lipsticks for neutral undertones: for those with neutral undertones, we come baring good news… You have more versatility and a larger range of colours to choose from. While both cool and warm tones will work, our advice would be to sway towards the warmer tones – as this will brighten up your visage.

HOW TO WEAR RED LIPSTICK 

Now, you’ve determined what shade to go for, it’s time for the fun part – to apply your lippy like a pro. Keep scrolling to discover how to wear red lipstick 

1. PREP YOUR POUT 

Just like all your make up looks, the first step to perfecting your pout lies in the preparation. For a smooth application of colour, keep your lips hydrated. To do this, we recommend having your trusted lip balm close at all times – whether you’re in the office or just chilling at home. Replacing lost moisture, these nourishing treatments replace ensure you’re always ready to apply a spontaneous pop of colour.    

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2. CONCEAL THE CORNERS  

Then, dab and blend your go-to concealer around the corner of your lip’s natural outline to emphasise the colour. Not only will this define your pout, but it will also help prolong the pigment – taking you from day to night, without having to reapply.  

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3. LINE UP  

Next, pick your lip pencil and outline a crisp silhouette following your lips’ shape. Stopping your colour from ‘bleeding’, the liner creates an outline for you to follow making it a seamless process, whether you’re a beginner or MUA pro. With artful bordering you can also augment your lips slightly if you wish – just trace along the upper, outer edge to create the illusion of a fuller pout.  

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4. PLUMP IT UP  

While this step is not always necessary, it’s a great way to accentuate your pout – especially if you. All you need to do is take your trusted lip plumper and swipe it across both the top and bottom lips, following your natural silhouette. Or, if you’re not one who enjoys the tingling sensation of plumpers, why not opt for a satin red lipstick to create the illusion of increased volume without the added step?

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5. GET COLOURING IN  

Now, it’s time for the main event – the red lippy! For full colour pay off, apply straight from the bullet, working from the centre of the lip’s outwards. Or if you’re looking for a softer, buildable look, simply blot it on with your fingertips following the same outline.

 

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6. GLOSS AND GO  

As for the finishing touch, amp up your look with a slick of sheer gloss for the ultimate after-hours sign off.

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THE BEST RED LIPSTICKS RIGHT NOW… 

21.40€

Red and raring to go, Urban Decay’s Vice Matte Lipstick in ‘Elote’, encourages you to be bold no matter the occasion. Renowned for its long-lasting colour, which neither smudges or budges, this lavish lipstick fuses aloe vera and avocado to unlock optimum hydration while always maintaining vibrancy.

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Marrying powerful payoff with a soft-focus finish NARS’ Air Matte Lip Colour in ‘Dragon Girl’ features a custom-designed applicator, making it easy to distribute colour whenever and wherever you want. Packed with a lightweight blend of silky polymers and micro powders, that move for a flexible, non-flaky finish, it provides easy layering to achieve the intensity you desire.

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Designed to take you from day to night with just a single swipe, Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution lipstick provides precision and payoff to be proud off. While its light-diffusing pigments creates the illusion of enhanced fullness, its bullet-tip design ensures even distribution as you prep your pout for a scene-stealing entrance. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, it’s housed in a lavish red case too – complementing your clutch bag or cosmetic case.

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19.70€

A multiuse must-have no make up bag should be without, Benefit’s Benetint Rose Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain has both your complexion and pout covered. Originally dreamt up for a exotic dancer in the 70s, the sheer liquid has since soared to become a signature staple for all. Complimented with a doe foot applicator, it glides effortlessly and lasts to the early hours of the morning.

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RRP: 22.60€ Current price: 16.95€

Blurring the lines between make up and skin care, Huda Beauty’s Liquid Matte Ultra Comfort Transfer Proof Lipstick ensures rich nourishment while defining your pout with kissable colour. Infused with lycopene, olive oil and vitamins A and E, it locks in your lips’ moisture while protecting them from dreaded dryness.

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Now you have everything you need to know about how to wear red lipstick, it’s time to pucker up and perfect your pout... Ready, set, go! 

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Trifonia Asmar
Trifonia Asmar Writer and expert
Cult Beauty’s Senior SEO Copywriter, Trifonia started out in the industry when bold brows were just becoming a ‘thing’, and shares a passion for all things fashion and beauty. Currently embracing her curly girl journey (after endless years of straightening her strands), she is finally reverting to her natural ways! When Triffy isn’t busy testing out the latest curl-saving solutions, you’ll find her binging the latest reality TV show or on a long walk listening to her ever-evolving country music playlist.

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