Red lipstick may be too intimidating for some. The strong carmine color can be overpowering especially for those who aren't used to wearing makeup. But with the correct techniques and right amount of confidence, anyone can show off a strong, red pout.

1. Pick a shade that looks good on all skin tones.
Not all red lipsticks are created equal. Some have warm undertones (those with a hint of orange) that flatter most Filipina skin tones, while some have cool undertones (those mixed with blue and purple hues) that look great on mestiza ladies. But if you're not into guesswork, swipe a neutral red lippie that's guaranteed to look good on ANYONE.


Try: MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, P1,000, at Glorietta

2. Use a lip liner.
A lip liner can serve as a long-lasting base, and can help you have a mistake-free application.

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Try: HappySkinXLoveMarie Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lip Liner In Heartthrob, P499, at Glorietta

3. Apply with a lip brush.
To avoid clownish lips, precisely swipe on red lipstick with a lip brush.

Try: Bobbi Brown Lip Brush, at SM Megamall

4. Lock it in.
Set your painted pout with finely-milled setting powder to lock in the color.

5. Suck on your finger to keep your teeth clean.
Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth by placing your index finger between your lips—this technique takes out the excess pigments inside your mouth.

6. Pay attention to the eyes, too.
A shortcut to looking all dolled up is to swipe red lipstick on your pout, but the fiery red hue can wash out the rest of the face. Fill in your brows and coat your lashes with mascara to balance the definition of the upper and lower parts of your face.

7. Just do it.
A tube of red lipstick is already considered a weapon. Swipe it on, gather confidence from it, and smile! 

Excited to try a red lip? Check out our faves here: 

1. A moisturizing matte red lipstick



Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lip in Poppy Please, P599, at

2. A warm, brick red that highlights the golden undertonea of morena skin

NARS Lipstick in VIP Red, P1,250, at Rustan's

3. The perfect Old Hollywood red lipstick that's been everyone's favorite since the 1950's


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire and Ice, at department stores

4. A bright red that brings life to dull skin in one swipe

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge in Passion Red, at SM Megamall

5. A deep, matte brick lipstick that will never budge


L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Star Red in Pure Brick, P400

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