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Nothing looks sexier on a woman than a perfect, bright red lip. It’s the one cardinal rule every woman lives by: If you want to turn it up for any occasion, red lipstick is your secret weapon. Women will be green with envy, and men won’t be able to resist your touted sultry pout. Time and time again, I’ve seen this look on the runways, in the movies, and on the lips of a daring passerby, and though I think the look is alluring, I can only bring myself to try it just a few times each season. Honestly, wearing red lipstick is a commitment, and 60% of the time I’m just not ready to take that plunge.
It’s like signing a 2-year lease. Every time the thought of attempting to pull off a red lip flashes into my brain, a few other cautious warnings pop in to sway my decision: Do you have time to prep and prime for it? Are you going to be on top of reapplying every time you eat, drink, laugh or get paranoid? How will it fade after a few hours?
As soon as the initial panic process fades, I’ve already decided against it. I tell myself, maybe I’m just not that red-rocking girl. Within a 45-second time period, the cognitive commitment paranoia has won and I find myself sticking to my pale pinks and nudes for the day instead of confronting the bold. After chatting with a few girls in the office and finally accepting my internal struggles with red lipstick, I’ve come to a few conclusions. It doesn’t have to be this difficult. A full face of makeup and an anxiety attack don’t pair well. EVER. So what’s a girl with issues to do?
Now that your slamming pout is finished, you can walk through life without a hitch. Be sure to check your puckers once in a while to see how your lipstick is holding out, and reapply as needed throughout the day. With these easy red lipstick tips, you’ll be fine—and you’ll never have to curl up in a corner and cry because you’ve failed at your lipstick art. Promise!
If the above steps aren’t easy enough, check out our Editor-in-Chief demonstrating the look in the video below.