Beauty Must-Have for Fall: The Red Lip

This season, the classic red lip look gets a new spin

Beauty Must-Have for Fall: The Red Lip

This season, the classic red lip look gets a new spin

-Paige Herman Axel

Red Lipstick

One makeup trend that we see strutting down the catwalk year after year is the red lip. But this fall, put the shine away and go for a bold pop of color minus the gloss. There’s a whole spectrum of red hues to choose from, and your coloring dictates the best shade for you. There’s a lot of buzz about warm and cool colors, but if you’re anything like me, that doesn’t help much when perusing the aisles at the drugstore. When choosing a red lipstick, my best advice is to enlist the help of a pro, which means hitting the department store. But heading to the mall doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg – lines like Clinique and M.A.C offer lipsticks that cost only a few dollars more than their mass-store counterparts, and that extra money goes a long way when finding the perfect red. While you’re there, try to step outside in the sunlight before you buy so you’re sure that you like the look. And since most of us aren’t rocking a red lip every day, you can justify spending a little extra cash since you’ll have that tube of lipstick for a while.

Ones to try:

MAC LipstickRemember, matte is key for fall, and I just love Clinique’s Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick. The “Red Hot” shade is just that, and it delivers superior color without drying the lips. $14, clinique.com

M.A.C products are a staple in my makeup bag, and luckily for us they have a few matte red hues to choose from. Check out “Chili,” “Russian Red,” “Ruby Woo” and “Lady Danger.” I’m willing to bet that one of these looks amazing on you. $14, maccosmetics.com

If you’re looking to splurge, Chanel makes some rockin’ reds (and you’ll feel oh-so fancy when you bust out the tube to touch up your pout). One of Coco Chanel’s trademarks was her red lips, and you can pay homage to the legendary style maker by trying “Coco Red,” “Lotus Rouge” or “Splendeur” Rouge Hydrabase Crème Lipstick. $28.50; chanel.com

Get the look:

With the right technique, your red lips can last all night long!

1. Apply foundation to your lips. This makes for a nice canvas that color can adhere to. Then, dust with translucent powder.
2. Line your lips with a lip liner that matches your skin tone. M.A.C “Spice” pretty much works on anyone.
3. Use a lipstick brush to apply your lipstick, taking care not to go “outside the lines.” Less is more here, since you really want your lips to absorb the color so it lasts.
4. Blot lips with a tissue and apply a second coat of lipstick with your brush.
5. To touch up, lightly dab your lips with your lipstick (there’s no need to tote along your brush).


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7 thoughts on “Beauty Must-Have for Fall: The Red Lip

  1. Ann13 says:

    Nope – Just can’t pull this off.

  2. bryony1 says:

    Red lips look phony on everyone except Marilyn Monroe, which means everyone should avoid it. But thank goodness no more over-the-lip-line silliness. Reminds me of Lucille Ball.

  3. Fern says:

    red lips make my teeth look yellow — but Paige, I love how you write these tips — they make me feel less intimidated about the whole process!

  4. LookitsCynthia says:

    I love the red lips look (with white teeth!) but am too much of a sissy to try it. However, I do know many ladies (both of the famous and not famous variety) who look great with their daring red lips. So, more power to you!

  5. LookitsCynthia says:

    I love the red lips look (with white teeth!) but am too much of a sissy to try it. However, I do know many ladies (both of the famous and not famous variety) who look great with their daring red lips. So, more power to you!

  6. MOG says:

    Go with a blue-red if your teeth are a bit yellow, works like a charm.

  7. ERC says:

    No no no MOG! That’s exactly what NOT to do if you have yellow teeth! Blue-reds will make them look even more yellow! Pick a red that is right for your skin tone, and avoid it altogther if you have yellow teeth. You don’t want to draw attention to the problem. Get some whitening strips or invest in a whitening session with your dentist.

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