Makeup Looks That Will Convince You to Try Red Lipstick

Red lipstick has been a beauty classic for decades, and for good reason—it can totally transform an everyday look. I personally love to break out this beauty staple when I know I’m going to need a little extra confidence that day. Got a final exam or an important meeting? A quick swipe can help you look way more pulled together than you feel (even if you only have time for minimal makeup on the rest of your face). However, the possibilities don’t stop there. Whether you like to keep things simple or you’re into bold contrasts, here are five ways to wear this timeless shade.

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Make It Chic With Minimal Makeup

Glowing skin and just a bit of mascara pair well with red lipstick for a laid-back look. The pop of color will look effortlessly put together, and will only take a minute to do if you’re rushing to class.

Get this look: Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($14), Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara ($24)

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Contrast Red With an Equally Bright Color

If you want to take things up a notch, trying pairing your lipstick with a pop of eye shadow. Contrasting hues (like these blue and red tones) create a super-playful look.

Get this look: Clinique All About Shadow Duo Palette ($25), Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow ($9), Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lipstick ($38)

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Pair a Bold Shade With Bold Brows

Nothing complements a bright-lip look like brushed-up eyebrows. Line your lips to make them pop, and then use a pencil or gel to get your brows nice and full. Keep the rest of your makeup simple to ensure the features you’re trying to highlight aren’t overpowered.

Get this look: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21), Mac Viva Glam Sia Lipstick ($18)

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Match Your Lips to Your Eye Shadow

For a color-coordinated and streamlined look, try using the same hue on all your features. A darker choice(like the one in the photo above) can look extra sophisticated, and multi-purpose products can make this easy to accomplish.

Get this look: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color ($26)

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Glam It Up With Winged Liner

Modernize a classic by pairing a bright-red lip with a basic cat eye and big brows. It’s a glamorous look that anyone can pull off.

Get this look: Stila Stay All-Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22), Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($42)

Featured photo by @lea.muhigi