Red is always a classic, iconic lipstick shade that can accentuate any ensemble, whether a little black dress with curls or a messy bun with jeans. Although it is flaunted by many celebrities, from Marilyn Monroe to Taylor Swift, bright red lipstick is no longer a statement of the red carpet or party looks. It perfectly complements any look if worn right, then be it a business meeting, casual outing, or date.
Know what type of lipstick you are comfortable with – liquid or crayon. Lipsticks are available in different textures from glossy, matte, to sheer. As your lipstick texture plays a vital role in elevating the whole look, you do not want your lips to look tacky or overwhelming with glossy lips.
Moreover, matte lips go along with any look. So, before picking the right shade, select the type of lipstick your lips can carry comfortably.
Find a shade that perfectly harmonises your skin tone.
• Light skin tone:
You can pick blue-based cool undertones like burgundy or berry. If you are looking for shade on the warmer side, you can try fiery, red-orange hues. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick – Siren in Scarlet or Craving Coral are shades that can complement your skin tone. It will add a vivid pop to your lips while enhancing your natural glow.
• Medium or dusky skin tone:
Slightly darker shades with blue- or pink-based undertones will perfectly highlight your distinctive look. If you prefer warmer tones, then go for shades like oxblood or rich undertones of orange, gold, or apricot. Stand out and steal the spotlight with shades like Settle for More from the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon Lipstick range.
• Deep skin tone:
The trick to ace darker shades is to avoid white-base red matte lipsticks that can make lips look chalky. So, go for purple, wine, or chocolate brown-red shades like Voyager from the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick range. Warmer, brick-toned shades with a touch of orange-red also work well with this complexion.
Avoid being unsure and explore different shades of red virtually before picking your shade with the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool. The Virtual Try On tool let’s you experiment with different red lipstick shades in real time with no commitment, just what you need when you have so many different shades to choose from.
Dry and chapped lips are a big no-no! The key to getting soft, flawless lips is to exfoliate. This step hydrates and helps your lips to plump up. Use a good lip scrub to get rid of the flaky skin and then apply a good lip balm to moisturise your lips. It is technically the first step that prepares your lips for a smooth application.
Apply small amounts of lightweight foundation or concealer over your lips to fill in the cracks. This step helps your red liquid lipstick to last longer. Lining your lips is the next step, which most of us tend to skip. But, lip liners help create a neat outline to prevent your lipstick from smudging out of the natural lip line.
Choose a lip liner that matches with your red liquid lipstick. Outline and define your lips with the Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner and fill them to create a second layer of the base for long-lasting lipstick. You can also use the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon lipstick as a liner, thanks to its sharp tip that helps with precise application.
Choose the desired red matte lipstick, whether liquid or crayon depending on the need. If you’re going to be out for a longer duration, then a red shade from the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick collection would work best. It gives a flawless finish that lasts up to 16 hours.
Once you apply the first coat, blot the excess lipstick with a tissue paper. Apply the second coat and blot again. Now, lightly dab some translucent powder on your lips to set the lipstick. Balance the rest of your makeup depending on the tone of your red.
Lipstick is a significant part of makeup that brings the whole look together. So, keep your makeup minimal and let your red lips do the talking!
. So, keep your makeup minimal and let your red lips do the talking! Not sure what red lipstick matches your skin tone and undertone? Find the perfect red lipstick for your skin tone.