How to Wear Red Lipstick: Ideas for Every Shade

Victoria Moorhouse
How to Wear Red Lipstick: Ideas for Every Shade
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It is a truth universally acknowledged: red lipstick will never go out of style. It’s a cult-status color that you’ll find in every brand’s starting lineup and on just about every red carpet. Celebs from Taylor Swift to Rita Ora have even made it their signature. But while loving the scarlet shade is easy, wearing it correctly requires a bit more effort. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new red or are just drawing blanks on what other makeup to pair it with, this gallery of red lipstick ideas will definitely help you out.

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Before you swipe on a classic shade of red, frame your face by defining your brows with a quality eyebrow pencil.

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Go the unexpected route and pair your crimson lips with murky green eyeshadow. They are complimentary colors, after all.

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A red-orange lipstick and a piece-y pixie? You can't go wrong.

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Don't be scared of spidery lashes! Just rock them with glossy red.

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You can wear a rosy flush on your cheeks and red lipstick at the same time. Just make sure your lip shade leans towards the brick or brown side of the spectrum.

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Keep things in the same color family with matte burgundy eye shadow.

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This famous shade will balance out an edgy wet hairstyle—or at the very least, pull your look together when you don't have time to dry your tresses.

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Vamp it out with a super dark berry shade; make it matte for even more of a dramatic effect.

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A cat-eye and a red lip is the ultimate classic beauty combo.

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Rock a dark wine-hued lipstick with neutral shimmery eye shadows.

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Keep your matte lipstick from smearing by using a barrier product like Urban Decay's Ultimate Ozone Multi Purpose Primer Pencil ($16, ulta.com), which creates a shield between your skin and the lip pigment.

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For a red lip look with a high-shine finish, try out a liquid lipstick like L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Lipstick ($13, lorealparisusa.com), a dual-ended product which holds a long-lasting, highly pigmented color on one end and a glossy formula on the other.

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Go super minimal with your red, only applying concealer or a tinted moisturizer where needed.

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Try wearing your favorite red lipstick with a dab of white shadow placed on the inner corners of your eyes and a soft, flushed cheek.

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Before applying a satin finish lipstick, be sure to line your lips (and fill them in!) with a lip liner pencil. It will give you even longer wear for a texture that tends to come off easily.

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Offset the '80s nostalgia of crimped hair with a bright red lip.

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Blotting is the simplest thing you can do to perfect your lip look—that and applying a layer of translucent power to set the pigment.

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Dab on your red lipstick with your finger to give it that "bitten" or "worn" look.

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After you've dabbed on your lipstick with your finger, top it off with a shimmery lip gloss to copy this pretty look.

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