What Makeup to Wear with Red Lipstick

Written by Kimberly in: Makeup

2 Dec 2010
What Makeup to Wear with Red Lipstick

So, you’ve found the perfect lipstick to wear for an after-hours event, and now you’re wondering what makeup (for eyes and cheeks) to wear with that red lipstick? It’s a simple matter of finding the right color combinations, and it’s easy to figure out once you have a few guidelines.

Let’s start with the eyes.

What eyeshadow colors should you wear with a red lipstick? When in doubt, the best thing to do is to keep it neutral. Stay with the brown, gray and taupe tones. This is definitely not the time for plums or blues because they’ll clash with the red of the lipstick and look garish. If you’re wearing your red lips to a party, a soft, shimmery gold or silver eyeshadow with maybe a touch of glitter would be fabulous. Keep the eyeliner simple with black, brown or gray, or better yet, use the eyeshadow as your liner. To see what I mean, check out LORAC’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Evening StarLORAC Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Evening Star or Superstar. Either of these would look amazing with red lipstick and will work for both day and night.

On to the cheeks

What cheek color will work best? Just like with the eyes, it’s important to keep it neutral and not too pink or plum. Be careful not to go too brown, though, or your skin could wind up looking muddy and dirty. This would be a great time to use your bronzer as your cheek color or you could go with one of my all time faves, NARS Blush in OrgasmNARS Blush in Orgasm. It’s a perfectly natural peachy pink and goes with everything, especially your sexy red lipstick! You could add a bit a highlighter on your temples and cheekbones for a sexy glow.

Tip If you don’t have a highlighter but still want to have that feminine sparkle and shine, you can use a light, shimmery eyeshadow instead. For powder eyeshadows, just dust it over you cheek bones and temples using your blush brush. If it’s a cream shadow, then gently blend it into your cheeks with your fingertips.

So there you have it! The answer is to keep it neutral and let your lips do the talking! The red lipstick should be the focal point of your makeup, and everything else should compliment the red shade on your lips.

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