The 10 Stages Of Wearing Red Lipstick

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Red lipstick, what would we do without you? No makeup trick is more face-brightening than a swipe of scarlet. It comes in many forms — cool-toned, warm-toned, matte, glossy, liquid, cream, sheer, opaque — but however you wear yours, it will always take your look to the next level. If mascara and concealer are the jeans and T-shirt of makeup, red lipstick is the show-stopping dress.

But just because we're obsessed with the look doesn't mean it's easy to wear — trust us, there’s a whole science to it. Red lips require formula experimentation, diligent maintenance, and a willingness to stand out. And once you take the plunge, your day is guaranteed to be filled with ups and downs, teeth checks, and smudging concerns. Hey, that's okay: We're all in this together.

So throw on some Ruby Woo (or other shade of choice), and click through to see what a day in the life of a lady in red is like.