7 Easy Steps To A Perfect Red Lip!

L'Oréal Eva's Red Lipstick
L'Oréal Eva's Red Lipstick

L’Oréal Eva’s Red Lipstick

What do you wear when you want to feel like confident, beautiful and flat-out sexy  ? That LBD tucked away in your closet or a kick ass pair of stilettos? For me, it’s definitely a bold lip! Nothing exudes confidence , boldness and passion more than a perfect red lip. Anytime I think of a red lip,Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe are the images that come to my mind. They definitely exuded sensuality and were never caught without a perfect pout.

From the 1940’s to now, a red lip is still considered the #1 way to stand out in a crowd and gain attention! However , many  women find it somewhat daunting when searching for the right shade or red  and once you find it, how do you apply it ? This is why I decided to write this post to help you ladies out!

Here are a few helpful suggestion on how to find your perfect shade or red lipstick and how to apply it.

What is the perfect shade of Red for my skin tone?

Fair Skin

Look for shades of red with blue or pink undertones


Perfect Red Lipsticks for Fair Skin tones

1. Tom Ford, Private Blend

2. Angel Red, Clinique

3. Ruby Woo, MAC

Medium Skin 

Yellow or orange-based reds in a deep or bright tone are suit you best.


Perfect Red Lipsticks for Medium Skin Tones

1. Le Rouge, YSL

2. Heat Wave, NARS

3. Russian Red, MAC

Deep Skin

The darker the skin tone, the deeper the red should be. Deep berry, burgundy and oranges are your go-to shades.


Perfect Red Lipsticks for Dark Skin Tones

  1. Fire Down Below, NARS
  2. L’Absolu Rouge Définition, Le Carmin
  3. Wine Red, Revlon


7 Steps To Apply  Red Lipstick


1.Neutralise the lips by applying left over foundation from your sponge or brush.

2. Add a sweep of translucent powder.

3. Adding a plumper to your lips is not mandatory but a nice added touch.

4. Line your lips with a liner that stops feathering or bleeding of the lips. Not mandatory but nice to addition.

5. Line your lips with a sharpened lip liner that is similar in shade or from the same colour family of the lipstick you will be applying.

6. Apply your lipstick either straight from the tube or using a lipstick brush.

7.Using a small concealer brush or a Q-Tip, trace the outline of your lips using concealer or foundation. This will not only lift your lips up but also make them look fuller. This also helps clean up any mistakes you may have made.

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you did leave me a comment !

XO, Maha

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    Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.

    January 9, 2017 at 2:03 am
  • Reply Desiree

    This will definitely help when I need to wear red lips!

    January 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    What’s the lipstick in the first (fair) photo? It’s gorgeous! Almost more pink than red, but totally a shade I’d wear.

    January 10, 2017 at 1:02 am
  • Reply Katherine

    I am super pale with very red cheeks, and while I love wearing red lipstick, I find that the redness in my face always starts to come through by mid-day, and I get really self conscious. I much prefer to wear a bold berry or bright pink when I’m feeling feisty. Great choices, and I love how you broke it down by skin tone !

    Katherine || The Green Bows

    January 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    • Reply Maha Matar

      Thank you Katherine!! I had so much fun creating this post 🙂 I loved your post on the Bobbie Brown dusk palette. I don’t own any BB eyeshadow palettes so I’m really curious to try them out but i would probably skip this palette as I think 70$ for sephora-esque shadows is a bit steep as well!! I hope you come back to read my other posts !

      January 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm
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  • Reply Meghan

    Love it! My favourite lip to wear is red 🙂

    January 10, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    • Reply Maha Matar

      I agree!! it’s so much to wear a red lippie and with the different stains and shades you can practically wear a different one every week! Thank you Meghan for stopping by. If you have a blog, please link it in the comments for me as I’m always searching for new blogs to read!

      January 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Jen

    What a good guide! My skin is fair, but I also love warm-toned red lippies. NARS Heat Wave is one of my faves! xo

    January 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm
    • Reply Maha Matar

      For sure you can experiment outside your colour tone!!! That’s what makes makeup so much fun right 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by Jen. I you have a blog, leave me the link, as I would love to check it out!

      January 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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    I could not resist commenting. Very well written!

    January 27, 2017 at 3:35 pm
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      Buhu! Så tråkigt när någon som brukar göra så bra ifrån sig helt plötsligt inte gör det. Hoppas nästa bok är bättre!

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    Hey Maha Matar,
    Definitely amazing blog. Thanks a lot for sharing. I really loved your effective “7 EASY STEPS TO A PERFECT RED LIP!” Although I really like pink lips but sometimes I do try to make a princess’ lips. I think this is the perfect tips for me. Whatever have you recommended any brand? I will try to add some to my list. See you again.

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