How to Wear Red Lipstick (and the easy to find USA-made brand you should know)

Tips on how to wear red lipstick. #makeup #beautytips

The long list of “rules” for wearing red lipstick can be daunting. Between that and the hundreds of red hues available, it’s no shock that few bare the bold red lip. Shade selection is where it can get overwhelming with all the talk of warm and cool skin tone versus the undertones of the lip colors.

How to Wear Red Lipstick

When shopping for a made in USA red lipstick you can eliminate several of the options since they are imported and contain who knows what, slimming your choices right off the top. Now, among the American made lipstick options, even with all the shade selecting advice in the world, the only way to know if it really works for you is by putting it on.

Remember, if you get a tube that you don’t care for, it’s not a lost cause. Try layering it with something you already have, or applying some gloss over it to soften it up. Here’s a tip: all L’Oreal lipstick is made in the USA so choosing a red from one of their lines is a great place to start.

Application basics for wearing red lipstick:

  1. Even your complexion with foundation before applying.
  2. Keep eyes subtle or neutral in color.
  3. Make sure your lips are hydrated; chapped lips do not wear color well.
  4. Line lips to prevent feathering of lipstick.

You don’t have to match a red liner to the lipstick. Opt for a liner in the shade nearest of your skin tone or clear. If you needed added insurance to keep the lipstick from bleeding, use a little concealer around your lips to act as a block.

Have fun and play with your look a little. Remember that a little mixing and matching may be in order to get the look you are after. As a makeup artist, I can tell you mixing and making custom shades is often how the best look is achieved.

Amazon stocks L’OREAL red lipstick favorites, including discontinued and hard to find shades.

Get ready for Valentine’s day with the classic look of love and try your red lip tonight!

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Post by Angie Barnes

Angie Barnes is a Beauty and Style Editor showcasing American made products in her realistic advice, practical routines and reviews. She also serves up professional makeup and skin care services as a Licensed Esthetician in a busy salon.


  1. Interesting tip…I've never tried doing my lips first. But that's a great idea for a bold lip.

  2. Maddie Klingaman says:

    I love red lipstick, but I wish I could find a hue that was more agreeable to my skin tone. My daughter is pale white and looks amazing wearing red? Me? not so much with my olive complextion and red hair.

  3. I think a red lip can transform any woman instantly! It gives you an inner boost of confidence. Thanks for the tips!!
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  4. md kennedy says:

    I love how red lipstick looks on others but i have never even tried it on myself. I think your tip of putting it on before everything else is a great one -now maybe I can feel more confident about it!

  5. Red lipstick never looks good on me!
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  6. Liner and then fill in with liner first — always with a dark color!
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  7. I actually do my lips first almost all the time, even if I’m wearing lip balm. Is that weird?
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  8. I’ve always envied ppl who pull off wearing red lipstick. I need to try these great suggestions and I love Loreal – I feel like a teenager excited to try makeup for the first time!

  9. Marisela C. says:

    Loved the tip about keeping the eye makeup neutral!

  10. It is good to get advice regarding wearing red lipstick. L’OREAL is a company that I purchase from.

  11. I love red lipstick, I always put it on then rub it off, I have to try your suggestion. I love L’oreal!

  12. I believe colourpop is made in the usa and good for those with sensitivities.

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