We know you’ve heard the beauty myth before before – Black women and red lipstick don’t mix. Well that is absolutely false!
Kerry Washington proved at the Emmy’s recently, that beauties of varying brown complexions can kill the look. Tika Sumpter, Beyonce, Rihanna and more have pulled red lips off, so why can’t you?
Here are some tips on how to rock the trend effectively:
1. Red lipstick looks best when all other makeup is minimal. When wearing a red lip don’t distract attention away from you lip by doing to much elsewere on you face. Experiment with your red lipstick on days where all other makeup is kept to the bare minimum.
2. Look for brands of that offer long lasting color. If your going to do red you want it to pop all day. The less glossy the product, less of a chance it will fade during the day. However, if you want to keep those lips apple red throughout the day try adding a little foundation to your lips before applying. Using a powder foundation will make your lips a little dry, thus allowing the lip color to stay longer. Also remember to blot your lips. Blotting removes oils from your lips that if not removed would fade out color.
3. Look for “blue” reds when choosing a lip color. Black women who often have red and yellow undertones in their skin look great in reds that compliment those undertones. To be safe stay away from pinkish reds and orange reds, and look for more saturated reds that look more rich and derive from blues, violets, and plums. Those still concerned with how a cherry red will look against your skin tone, a good rule of thumb is to seek out reds in cosmetic brands that cater to women of color.
4. Wearing a red lip is a very custom makeup choice. What works for your bestie, may not work for you. Be sure before rocking a red lip you try before you buy. Unless it becomes your signature look, red lipstick should be saved for special occasions and not everyday wear as some brands can begin to stain your lips. And lastly, unless your Kerry Washington in a Zuhair Murad gown, don’t wear red lipstick with red clothes – that’s a recipe for complete disaster.