How to Wear a Festive Red Lip this Holiday Season

Bold, red lips are all the rage this time of year.  I personally love this type of look and although I don’t wear a red lip often, I wear it more during this time of year.  

I can vaguely remember the first time I tried to wear a red lip.  I was in college and was testing out new makeup that I had just bought.  I definitely bought a color that was not right for me and I didn’t realize how much maintenance can go into wearing one!  I’m pretty sure that I looked like a clown the first time that I tried to apply red lipstick, but thankfully, I have learned a lot since then and I have a bunch of tips and tricks to share with you about how you can get a festive red lip without looking like a clown!

Tip #1: Find the right shade of red

I know now that my perfect shade of red is more of a neutral, or even blue undertoned red that is not very bright.  Any red lipstick with a blue undertone also helps to make your teeth look whiter!  Orange or pink undertones don’t look good on me and unfortunately, I learned this the hard way.  I recommend trying them out in the store before you buy just to make sure that you like the color.  Even asking the people that work at your local beauty store can help you find your right shade.  If you can’t try it on or are shopping online, make sure you do your research before purchasing.  I always look up images of what the lipsticks look like on and this helps me narrow down my search.

My favorite red lipsticks:

The one I’m wearing: NARS Cruella

MAC Ruby Woo

Milani Best Red

Tip #2: Tone down the rest of your makeup

A quick way to look like a clown is to pile on eyeshadow and blush on top of wearing the bold, red lip.  To go for a more subtle look, wear just a touch of eyeshadow in your crease, add a little bit of eyeliner, and apply mascara.  This will look natural without being overdone.  

The eyeshadow I’m wearing:

Naked 2 Basics Palette

The mascara I’m wearing:

L’Oreal Lash Paradise

Tip #3: Find a blush that compliments your bold lip

I love wearing MAC Warm Soul with a red lip.  Actually, anytime I wear a red lip, that is my blush of choice.  It is a neutral shade with a hint of peach and shimmer.  I would not go with anything that is bright or unnatural.  Keep it simple and natural.

The blush I’m wearing: MAC Warm Soul

Other neutral blushes I love:

Tarte Paarty!

Tip #4: Use a lip liner

Lip liner is going to be your best friend if you are wearing a red lipstick.  It will help to adhere the lipstick to your lips and you won’t have to worry about accidentally getting lipstick on your skin.  Choose a color that is as similar to your lipstick as possible.

My favorite red lip liners:

MAC Ruby Woo

Urban Decay Lip Liner in 69

NYX Lip Liner in Hot Red

Tip #5: Use concealer to clean up the edges

A great tip that has helped me a time or two is to use concealer to clean up the edges of your red lip.  If you accidentally over apply your lipstick and it gets on your skin, it will leave a pink mark.  Scrubbing only makes it worse!  Just gently wipe away the excess lipstick and apply a very small amount of concealer around that part of your lips.  Use a small brush to make sure your application is precise!

My favorite concealer:

Tarte Shape Tape

Tip #6: Exfoliate!

Use a lip exfoliator to ensure that your lips are smooth before applying your lip color.  If you have dry lips, your red lipstick is sure to show every dry patch.  Make sure to moisturize your lips following exfoliating!

My favorite lip scrub:

Lush Mint Julips

Tip #7: Bring your lipstick wherever you go

When a red lipstick wears off, it is easy to see and it doesn’t look that good.  Bringing your lipstick with you can help to touch up when needed!

I hope these tips are helpful!  Happy Holidays!

Other Outfit Details:

Black Top (similar) | Bralette | Earrings (similar)

How to Wear a Festive Red Lip this Holiday Season


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