Four Tips for Wearing Bright Lipstick

The bright lipstick trend isn’t going away—at least not anytime soon. Runways love it. Magazines love it. Makeup artists love it. Your Great-Aunt Joan who’s been wearing Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow since 1954 loves it.

And yet a tube of ruby red or bold berry lipstick sends everyday girls like us running for the nearest nude. Because when it comes to lips, big colors aren’t just statement-making—they’re also incredibly high-maintenance. It wasn’t until I picked up these strategies from the pros that I became confident enough to pull off a major pout. Do what I do with beauty experiments and practice on a Saturday morning in your pjs!

Prep Work: Bright lipstick magnifies flaws, so it's important to prep your lips before application. Exfoliate with a soft, damp toothbrush or a yummy treatment like The Lip Scrub by Sarah Happ. Follow with a swipe of your favorite lip balm for moisture. Don’t apply so much that your lips are drenched; it’ll break down the color.

Lay the Foundation: No matter how major your lipstick, it’s going to start wearing off after a few sips of champagne if you don’t put down a safety net first. Although lip liners have always been the go-to choice, I prefer a lip stain. They’re easier to apply, less harsh-looking, and last just as long. Opt for a shade that’s similar to the lipstick, and be sure to stain the entire lip. Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balms are perfect for the job.

Blot, Repeat: To doubly ensure your handiwork doesn’t wind up looking like a hot mess, press your lips around a tissue, then reapply another layer of lipstick. Blot again to remove any excess. Two thin layers of lipstick are better than one thick layer.

Take Baby Steps: If you're not confident enough to wear a full-on fuchsia lipstick, stop after the lip stain or top with a sheer gloss. This is also a subtle way to wear brights to the office or during the day.

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