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Ask a Redhead: How To Choose The Right Lipstick

Everything You Need to Know!

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Every week, we put out a call for your redhead questions. This gives you a chance to get advice or input from our team of redheads. From beauty and fashion to lifestyle, redheads are in a unique boat, and we want to help make this community a place where you can turn to for all your redhead needs.

This week’s question comes from Instagram and reads, “What lipsticks should I use?” We also got some questions on redheads wearing red lipstick. Today, we’re talking all things lipstick. How to choose the right shade, what colors suit redheads best, plus some application tips to make your lipstick look amazing, and more. 

1. How to choose the right shade 

When it comes to choosing a lipstick shade, it can be overwhelming. There are so many options and you might wonder which color is best for you. Well, here’s a little secret: redheads can wear any color of lipstick they like. That’s right. There are no rules and you can rock whatever colors speak to you. That being said, we think every redhead should have three staple colors in their makeup collection: nude, pink, and red. With these three colors, you can match any makeup look or outfit and you’re set for any occasion. That’s why we created Finally Bold® in these three core colors. Not only did we pick formulas we know redheads will love, but we also customized the colors to be the perfect shade for redheads. The nude won’t wash you out, the pink isn’t too pink, and the red won’t compete with your hair.

Finally Bold® - Lipsticks for Redheads: $26

2. The million dollar question: how can redheads wear a red lip? 

Speaking of red lipstick, there are a lot of misconceptions that redheads shouldn’t wear red lipstick. We love a red lip and think redheads can rock it flawlessly. The biggest factor in loving your red lip is finding the perfect shade of red. Red lipstick comes in hundreds of shades, some are blue-toned, and some are orange-toned. Some red lipsticks are dark, while others border on pink or coral. We really love a true red for redheads, just like our new Finally Bold® in the shade ‘Perfectly Red’. 

RED-Y For This: Perfectly Red: $26

3. Know how to apply the lipstick

If you’re new to wearing lipstick, or just can’t seem to get the application right, we’re here to let you in on a few tricks we’ve learned over the years.

  • Lip liner is your friend. It helps you keep nice clean edges, prevents color bleed, and makes your look more polished. 
  • Always blot your lipstick. Especially when wearing red lipstick, it’s important to remove excess to avoid transferring the lipstick to your teeth. Use a clean tissue or the finger trick to remove any excess. 
  • Prep your lips before applying. Just like makeup, our lips need to be prepped and primed for flawless application. Exfoliating your lips and applying a light layer of chapstick 10-20 minutes before applying your lipstick is a great way to prime them.
  • Less is more when it comes to lipstick. Over-application can be messy and look unnatural. Try applying your lipstick gently starting in the center of the bottom lip. Work your way out using gentle pressure and sweeping motions. Avoid pressing too hard. If you like a more blotted look apply a little in the center and then using your lips or your finger, blur it outward. 

Want your redhead question answered? Find us @howtobearedhead on Instagram and Facebook and look for the Ask a Redhead question box.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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