How To Rock Red Lips

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A bold red lip is probably the most iconic beauty look of all time. It’s simple, sophisticated, and striking. Yet it may seem a little intimidating if you’re not used to wearing a bold lip color. The good news is that it’s actually quite a versatile look! You can make a red lip work for many different occasions. Once you know how and when you should wear it, you’ll surely be rocking a red lip all the time.

Casually

Yep, that’s right. A red lip totally works in a casual setting. Though when a red lip comes to mind you might start imagining a glamorous, old Hollywood type, you can totally pull off a red lip for everyday purposes. The trick is to use it to dress up your casual clothes and to keep the rest of your makeup minimal. You can add a swipe of mascara but there’s no need for any other eye makeup - give your lips the spotlight.

As for outfits?

It works well with the oldest combo in the books - jeans and a tee. Add a nice pair of ankle boots or flats and you’ve got yourself the ultimate effortless chic look. If it’s chilly out throw on a leather jacket for an edgy touch or an oversize blazer for a smarter feel. Basically, a red lip is the perfect accessory to any minimal outfit: a simple solid colored dress (knitted or woven), a white button down and jeans or a skirt, a chunky knit and ankle boots … imagine what Alexa Chung or an Olsen twin would be wearing in a paparazzi shot with red lipstick.

Formally

Of course, a red lip is always an excellent choice for a night out or formal occasion. If you work in an office with a traditional dress code you can use red lipstick to spice up your blouse-and-trouser combo. If you’re going out, a red lip is the perfect finishing touch to virtually any outfit. An LBD? Le smoking-style suit? Going out top/skirt? Check, check, check. Gwen Stefani has only been swearing by it since the start of her decades-long career. With formal occasions you can also have more fun with the rest of your makeup. For a sexy, smoldering look combine your red lip with a smokey eye. For a classic, glamorous feel add simple winged eyeliner. If you’re not much of a makeup person, you can still decide to keep it simple and leave it at your bold red lips.

Moral of the story? There’s almost always a time and a place for red lips, so go ahead and rock them!

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