How to wear red lipstick for any occasion

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Like a fresh blow-dry, a slick of red lipstick is something that seriously impresses, and can drastically take your beauty look to the next level. However, not all red lippies are created equal, and some are better suited to particular occasions. Read on to find out which red lipstick colour and texture is your perfect match to wear to a business meeting, a lunch with the girls, and a hot date with your special someone.

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If you’ve got an important business meeting

Hate presenting in front of an audience? Perhaps a red lipstick will give you the confidence you need to deliver your speech. Something like Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper may work in your favour, as the blue-based colour will also help make your teeth look whiter, resulting in a more confident smile. Plus, the long-wearing formula will ensure that the colour stays put on your lips even when you’re talking away. Let your lips be the focus and pare the rest of your makeup back with a coat of lengthening mascara like Bourjois Volume Glamour Effet Push Up Black Serum Mascara.

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If you’ve got lunch with the girls

An interesting texture, like a creamy matte lippie, will have all the girls asking you what you’re wearing. Not only is it a modern take on the classic colour, it’ll also go perfectly with all your favourite summer outfits (denim skirts and lacy tops, we’re looking at you). Get the look with Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Re(d)volution, a sophisticated cherry red shade that glides onto lips and dries to a velvet finish. As for the rest of your makeup, go for a sun-kissed highlight to brighten your complexion, such as Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Bronze Glow.

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If you’ve got a hot date

If you’re catching up with a special someone, the last thing you want to be doing is continually dashing to the bathroom to check on your lippie. For this occasion, go for a dark red colour (it’s a sexy take on the staple shade), and dab it from the bullet to your lips with your finger to create a subtle stain that’ll last for hours. Achieve this with Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hour in Red-Outable, and smoke up your eyes with Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cocoa Mirage.

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.