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How To Wear a True Red Lipstick

How-To: Wear a True Red Lipstick


Red lipstick. It's the embodiment of glamour. And a true red lipstick looks great on just about everyone since it's the perfect neutral balance. Whether you've got a sexy soiree to attend or you're just looking to add some flair to your existing makeup palette, I've got some more red lipstick tips below:

  • Formulation — Do you want a matte, dense finish or are you looking to do a sheer wash of color? Matte shades are trendy right now, but they can also make you look, uh, "mature." Glossy shades will give an illusion of larger lips.
  • Go glossy — Feeling shy about going full on bold red? You can always try a red gloss to tone it down. Try Make Up For Ever Super Lip Gloss in True Red ($16).
  • Small lips — Try lighter shades of red if your lips are thin. Darker shades will only make them look tinier.
  • Mix things up — If you aren't loving the shade you selected, layer a gloss or another lipstick over it to correct. In a dazzle-y mood? Add an unexpected gold-flecked clear gloss to a shade that seems too cool or a platinum-flecked clear gloss over a shade that seems too warm.

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