Beauty lipscover

Published on November 13th, 2014 | by Gráinne Ahern


Yes, you CAN wear red lipstick, here’s how….

Think you can’t wear a rouge lippy? Well think again, there is a shade out there for every tone and every complexion. First things first though, here’s gimme fashions top tips for red lips.

Bright lights

Be guided by light – if you are wearing it in daytime go for a sheer shade so it doesn’t look too harsh and vampy. At night you have full licence to rouge it up to the max, just make sure your foundation is flawless as redness from uncovered spots will be highlighted otherwise.

Careful of the colour

Avoid deep reds if you have thin lips as they tend to make lips look smaller. Go for a brighter shade or a gloss.

Mix and Match

If the shade isn’t right for you, don’t worry – just add a gold gloss to warm it up if it’s too blue-ish or a pink one if you want to take it to the blue side.

Be cheeky

Put a smidgen of the same colour on your cheeks to draw your look together.

Line em up

Don’t go for a red lip liner if it isn’t an exact matching shade – you’ll end up with the 90’s Little Kim two tone look, instead find a shade that’s a close match to your natural lip colour. Liner is essential as it stops the colour bleeding. Also put some concealer around the border of your mouth to create a ‘fence’ to keep your lippie in.



So as a general rule if you have FAIR SKIN with pink undertones go for coral reds, fair skin with yellow undertones, go for warmer brick reds.

If you have MEDIUM SKIN go for any tone you like. Jealous.

DARKER SKINS should go for true reds with blueish tones – Mac’s Riri Woo is perfect for you.

Here are our picks:

The daytime to nightime

We’ve been in mourning, MOURNING we tell you, since Flamenco was discontinued by Nars. It truly was the one size fits all red lippy. However, Manhunt is a suitable substitute. It’s sheer, so you can load up as much as you want, so if a gentle blush on the lips is what you want for daytime, one layer will do. If you want to load it up like a 50’s vamp, keep on going.


Nars sheer lipstick in Manhunt, €25, Brown Thomas

The classic

Again, another one shade fits all is, Ruby Woo. There is a reason it’s on the top of everyone’s list, so Matt it’s Damon, once you put it on it will NOT BUDGE.

MacLipstickInRubyWoo15 €19.50

Mac lipstick in Ruby Woo, €19.50, Brown Thomas

Best for blondes

Armani do fab lipsticks and the crisp, true red shade of this one would suit all the blondes out there.


Armani rouge ecstacy, €18.50, Brown Thomas

Best for brunettes

Hourglass is quickly becoming a cult classic brand. The go to for fashion industry insiders, it’s been around for a while. Icon is their red and is a classic crimson – perfect for brunettes.

Hour glass Icon

Hourglass liquid lipstick in Icon, €29, Space NK

Best for redheads

The notion that redheads cannot were red lipstick is a complete myth. There are plenty of shades out there to suit you fiery foxes. As a general rule though, avoid orange tones and go for a pure warm vibrant red. This Rimmel one will do the trick nicely.


Rimmel Red Nose Red, €6.99, Pharmacies nationwide.


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Gráinne Ahern

Gráinne Ahern is a Series producer/ director across all TV genres from documentary to entertainment. She headed up Ireland's most watched fashion magazine show, Off the Rails for three years and is now taking her love for all things sartorial online - enjoy!

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