Rihanna's makeup artist used three red shades to perfectly match her red evening gown.

Outfits That Suit Red Lipstick

by Angela Bakke

Red lipstick is a surefire way to instantly get a shot of glamor to your look and confidence to your attitude. In fact, actress Gwyneth Paltrow once said, "Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick." There is no need to wait for a formal event to pull out your ruby-red pout. It's perfectly suitable for your casual weekend outfits as well.

Big Red

Make a bold style statement with an outfit that is red from your lips to your shoes. Be sure it's your best shade of red before you go big with it. A red hue that has blue undertones looks better on people with a cool complexion, and a true red works well on warmer skin tones. Once you've settled on the shade, wear a silhouette-hugging red sheath dress with red lipstick and shoes. Mix up the textures and wear a matte lipstick and a patent leather pump or vice versa, a glossy red lip and a flat leather red or red suede heel. Wear minimalist jewelry such as a classic pair of diamond stud earrings. Simple silver or gold bangles and rings are elegant, just like this outfit.

Spice Up Basics

The most common use of a red lip is to complement the little black dress. If you're wearing an understated LBD and a pair of basic black pumps, you should definitely add a splash of flair with a red lipstick. A chic black suit or any monochromatic black outfit will appear more feminine when accessorized with red lipstick. Be sure to keep the rest of your makeup neutral -- foundation, a bit of soft-pink blush, mascara and an earth-tone eyeshadow -- to avoid spoiling the sophisticated look of your outfit. A matte red will appear more retro glam. A red lipstick with a dab of gloss on the middle of your bottom lip makes your pout look fuller. A more transparent red is best for thin lips.

Liptick Courage

While the little black dress and a red lip is a no-brainer, there are plenty of casual outfits that you may not think to pair with red lipstick, but you'll be happy you did. In fact, the days you are practically makeup-free are often the best days to give your face a splash of color. A bright lip perks up a tomboy-style outfit like a champ. Layer a denim jacket over a simple sundress with a pair of lace-up canvas sneakers and your dark sunglasses for a super-cute weekend outfit. Rather than reach for your chapstick, opt for a bright red lipstick. If this is daunting, don't apply it directly to your mouth. Put the color on your fingertip and apply it by blotting your lips.

Make a Statement

No need to always go with the classic red option. Updated shades of red that blend orange and red for a brilliant poppy shade are a chic way to wear red lipstick with less conventional looks or spring palates. An electric blue dress with orange-red lipstick is a sublet way to play with color blocking. Another great way to wear this vivid hue is to use to bring a pop of color to an otherwise neutral look. A soft-swept updo, nude makeup palette and tan-and-white-striped sundress with white sandals is the perfect canvas to add a bright poppy-red lipstick. A classic red lipstick will get you the same racy results with any neutral or monochromatic outfit. Like a bright red cherry on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream, red lipstick just makes things more fun.

About the Author

Angela Bakke is a Los Angeles-based writer and reporter with more than a decade of experience covering fashion, beauty, the arts and entertainment. She has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and covered stories for Beyond Cinema, Hollywood.com, ReelzChannel, CNN.com and Celebs.com.

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