Black Girls Wear Red: The Best Brands and Shades of Red Lipcolor For You

October 28, 2011 ‐ By

"jessica white"

1. Prime lips
Priming lips with foundation, lip pencil and/or lip primer will keep your red lipstick in check. If your lips are uneven in color, balance your lip tone by applying a thin layer of foundation, concealer, neutral (brown) lip pencil or lip primer.

2. Apply color

While many women apply lipstick directly from the bullet (the tube), instead, try using a lip brush to get the best saturation of color and exact placement on your lips.

Most black women pull off any color red lipstick with aplomb, however for ladies who are hesitant, using a color that falls within your skin tone is always a safe choice. Nonetheless, brown girls with golden and yellow skin tones look equally beautiful with a blue-red lipstick, while brown skins with red skin tones wear orange-tinged lipsticks amazingly well. It’s all in your sister swagger!

3. Touch up your edges.
A steady hand is the perfect tool for red lipstick application. But, if you draw outside of the lines, use a q-tip or makeup wedge tipped in foundation or concealer for precise lip lines.

4. Blot and reapply
No, blotting your lipstick is not cliché nor passé. Lipstick blotting is in fact a lost art; a step in lipstick application that enables your color to last longer.

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  • Chi83

    Disappointed in this article…I picked up Iman in Sensuous. It does say sheer red but it is not even sheer red. It’s pink! It looks fine on me but it’s not what I was expecting at all!

  • The Fact that the BEST red hands Down (and this is coming from a makeup artist)MAC’s Ruby Woo is NOT on here is sad. Also MAC-Russian Red and Fashion Fair have the best reds. smh…

  • Umbra in the UK

    Great article! But, let me say: ladies you just have to go out there and use trial and error to determine what really fits and works for you. Stores like Sephora, MAC, etc. allow you to test out the products so you can actually see what it looks like before you buy. The reality is that virtually no two black women have the same skin tone! Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and try new things ladies 🙂

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  • Mac -Russian red Matte lipstick ,Nars – fire down below ,Sephora brand lipstain  -always red no 1

  • Kept_Woman

    Ohhh, and may I add Mary Kay’s lipsticks & lip glosses are priced at $13.00. That is very affordable compared to some of the companies they have listed selling a tube a lipstick at $20 and $25 a pop. Please visit my website 😉

  • Kept_Woman

    I’m disappointed that Mary Kay is not on the list. Mary Kay cosmetics and skin care is diverse.

  • Kelly

    For lipgloss there's L'Oreal HIP Shine Liquid Lipcolor in Turbulent

  • Tia

    Sephora also carries a great super pigmented lip gloss-dries matte. That’s what I wear.

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  • Imoteda

    The fact that there is not a single M.A.C lipstick on this list bothers me.

  • Veronica

    Let’s not forget M.A.C’s Ruby Woo, Viva Glam and Dubonnet! How could you guys forget M.A.C? They also have a great lip liner and gloss.