How to wear red lipstick

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

The 8 commandments of wearing red lipstick

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A few months ago if I was given the option, I’d much prefer to go topless in public instead of donning a red lip.

The thought of lipstick used to scare the hell out of me. I don’t know why. Potentially because I was self-conscious about the size of my lips or I was worried about it making my teeth appear yellow.

It’s taken me a little while to change my tune but I’m now addicted to a red lip and I believe it’s a look any woman can wear.

Like anything in life, there are rules attached and when you wear red lipstick there are a few commandments you need to abide by.

1. Take your time

Applying a red lip is something you want to do when you’re feeling cool, calm and collected. Give yourself a little time and space to get it right and keep it pressure free. Also, be prepared to do touchups throughout the day!

2. Avoid oily food

You’ve spent an hour perfectly your pout to have it slide straight off on that first bite of oily pizza. Even kiss-proof lipsticks aren’t immune to oily food so remember this when ordering. If you need an excuse to forgo food and have margaritas instead, here is your permission.

3. Wear the right undertone

Our skin tones can be classified as cool, warm or neutral. It’s the reason why some lipsticks are far too warm on our skin tones but look perfect on our friends. Work out what your undertone is and pick a lippy to compliment it.

I’m really impressed with the Red in the City collection by Bourjois with a variety of tones and shades to suit all skin tones. I’m wearing Red-Belle from the range.

4. For whiter teeth opt for a blue-based red

We can’t all afford teeth whitening but we can afford a blue-based lippy which gives the illusion of whiter teeth. Orange-based reds can make your teeth appear yellow so avoid these if you’re self-conscious about your smile.

5. Avoid if you planning on kissing or shopping

There are some areas you don’t want red lipstick to end up… Not only is it a pain in the rear to remove, it’s easier to wear a lighter lip and reduce embarrassment. Shopping, dates and late night rendezvous are all times a red lip should be avoided (unless you invest in a perfectly kiss-proof red!)

6. Wear it like a French girl

A red lip will be the hero of your makeup look so let it shine. Team it with a flawless complexion, polished brows and a sweep of mascara for a perfectly polished look.

7. Ace your base

Your lips should be primed to perfection, smoother than a babies bottom and as plump and supple as a perfectly picked cherry. You can’t expect your lipstick to look any good if you’re a flakey mess, so exfoliate and apply an ample amount of gloss before application. I love the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm.

8. Wear it with confidence

A red lip is dramatic, sultry and eye-catching so be prepared for a bevy of onlookers wondering who you are and oogling over your lush lips. Be warned, you will cause a stir.


Lip primer: Reve de miel lip balm by Nuxe

Lip colour: Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 heures in Red-Belle available from Priceline

Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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