Written by Kimberly in: Makeup9 Feb 2011
Red… passionate, sexy, vibrant, and one of the most popular colors to express love. So, since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about different ways to wear red makeup.
Wearing red is definitely not for shy, reserved girls. It’s for a strong, confident woman that wants to feel sexy and be noticed. Did you know that studies have shown that just looking at red can raise your blood pressure and speed up your breathing? Whoo! Talk about a hot color! To get hearts beating faster around you, try these three different ways to wear red makeup.
Yes, I know, this is the obvious choice, but it’s a classic. There’s something so wonderfully sexy about a red lip. (If you’re not sure how to choose the right red lipstick for you, then check out my blog “Picking The Best Red Lipstick For Your Skin Color“.) Make sure you exfoliate your lips first since wearing such a bold color will make any dry patches you might have on your lips really noticeable. Also make sure you use a lip liner to prevent feathering and bleeding. One last tip for wearing red lips is to tone down the rest of your makeup so you don’t look too garish.
Wearing red blush can be really fabulous, or really scary. You want to use it more as a contour color for your cheekbone and steer clear of applying it in the apple of your cheeks… you don’t want to look like a clown or like you have rosacea, so make sure to use a very light hand when applying.
That’s right, red makeup isn’t just for lips and cheeks anymore! Red eyeshadow has made a big splash on the runways at Spring shows like Christian Dior and Nina Ricci. As with the red blush, you do need to be a bit careful where and how you apply it. I recommend applying it as a contour color, on the outer corner of the eye and pair it with black eyeliner and mascara. If you have red right next to your eye, then it will make your eyes look bloodshot and tired, so the black liner helps to act as a buffer as well as creates definition. You want to make sure you use an actual eyeshadow, not a blush or lipstick color. Virtually all decent eyeshadows brands are opthamologist tested and are less likely to cause irritation to your eye.
Tip I wouldn’t recommend wearing red makeup on your eyes, cheeks and lips all at once, you don’t want to be compared with a tomato! Instead, choose one and make that a focus, playing everything else down with soft, neutral colors.
As I said before, wearing red is definitely not for the meek. But haven’t you always wanted to try it at least once? Well go for it! You could be that sexy girl in red! Don’t be afraid of people staring… they’re staring because you look hot!