Fall Makeup Trend How to Wear Bold Red Lipstick


The bright, bold lip isn’t going anywhere, as evidenced by the makeup trends at the 2012 Emmy Awards last week. However, it can be tricky to pull this look off flawlessly. Bright red lips done the wrong way can go from chic to clown-like without the proper makeup techniques. In addition, you have to consider your skin tone, the size of your lips, and how to pair the look with the right eye makeup to make the right statement.

When I think of someone who can pull off the bold red lip flawlessly, I immediately think of Rachel Marie Furman. Rachel Marie is a makeup artist, chemist, and owner of LoudMouth Beauty. I am truly obsessed with her cherry red lipstick called “Heartless” and I’m learning how to perfect the red lip. Rachel Marie gave me 10 tips for pulling off bold red lips without a hitch.

Moisturize and Prime
Make sure that your lips are moisturized before applying a red lip color. This will help you achieve the smooth, clean, fashionable look you are going for. You may also use a concealer or foundation to prime your lips. This will provide an even base for your application.

Use a Natural Colored Lip Liner
For women with darker skin tones, the contrast of your red lips to your skin may sometimes be displeasing. Applying a lip pencil prior to filling in your lips will help do the trick. Do not use a red lip pencil, but a lip pencil which matches your natural lip color. This will create a transition tone between your lips and your skin that will soften the edges and leave you with a satisfying look.

Meticulous Application is Key
A red lip must be applied with precision. If you are using a brush or a lipstick bullet you must be very neat and careful. Pay attention to the curves in your lips and, most of all, your Cupids bow.

Apply Concealer for Crisp Lines
Apply concealer around the corners of your mouth to achieve a crisp look without any bleeding from the strong red pigment. So important!

Gloss it Up!
Apply a lip gloss that creates a slightly different effect on the lip. Try warming it and softening it by adding a gold gloss. To make it cooler and blue, add a pink lip gloss over it.

Keep your Eyes Naked
Keep your eye makeup to a minimum while sporting a red lip. Ivory eye shadow, liquid liner, and mascara will do your red lip justice.

Lip Size is Important
Brighter reds make lips appear full. Darker reds make your lips appear smaller. If you have thin lips, avoid wearing a deep red. If you have bigger lips try to find a cooler red to make your red lip enticing.

Day Vs. Evening Reds
Bold red lipstick
makes all of your best features stand out and are perfect for night life. During the day, try and sport a more subtle red that will be charming for all your day time endeavors.

Avoid Red Teeth
Don’t fall a victim to the biggest injustice of the famous red lip- red teeth. After applying your red lip, place your finger inside of your mouth, kiss your lips together, and slowly remove any access color.

For Darker Skin Tones…

If your skin tone is deeper, use a cool red (red with hints of blue). Doing this help to bring out your red lip, providing you with a comfortable look suitable to your skin tone.

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