Back when I first signed on as xoJane’s Contributing Beauty & Health Editor, so many of you remarked about how much you loved my red lipstick, and I promised I’d get around to sharing what it is and how I do it. Six months later, I’m making good on my word.

Here’s the thing: It’s not one lip color — it’s TWO. Double-duty beauty! (I hate that. Let’s go with “Double Whammy!”)




Clarins + Sephora = One sexy red lip!

That’s Clarins Joli Rouge in Clarins Red #716 ($24.50 at, topped off with Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red ($12 at to be exact.

I layer lip color for a few reasons:

1) Two is better than one when it comes to longevity. I hate taking time out of my busy schedule for mid-day touch-ups, so if there’s anything I can do to prolong my look, I’m so into it.

2) Since I deeply despise dry, chapped lips, but wholeheartedly love matte lips, I apply this creamy, moisturizing lipstick first, then apply the liquid mattifying color on top. It gives me the exact look I want without making me feel like my lips are going to shrivel up and (dry!) die right on my pretty little face.

3) I like playing makeup mixologist in general. (Not just with lipstick — with eye shadow, foundation and blush, as well.) Going that extra step to personalize your makeup can really amplify your overall look. There are so many skin tone/undertone combinations out there; it baffles me that women often assume that just because that one shade looks OK, it’ll work. We don’t want OK, and we don’t want it to just work — we want PERFECT. Take control of your look and play around with your stash to see what combinations work best for YOU.


My nephew HATES red lipstick. But everyone else seems to love it.

Come kick it with me and my rich red lips over on Twitter:@IndiaJewelJax.


This post originally appeared on XOJane. Republished with permission. Click here for more  India-Jewel on XOJane! 

  • Chillyroad

    I was going between MACs Russian Red and Ruby Woo and decided that regardless I would have to add a black liner to take the shine off the pigment. I think for the color red, it’s better that it has a velvet matte finish. It’s not the 80s. Still, red is tricky. Perhaps Sade is the only woman who has perfected it.

  • Simone L

    I recently bought both and it is true that Ruby Woo looks good on anyone. I used to be dead set against red but I tried it once and have been hooked since. Red is very daring. very sexy. No need for black liner.

  • AM

    Love red. It’s my signature. Every woman should wear a red lip at least once in their lifetime.

  • Hehe

    Did you say black liner. Just say no this isn’t the 90s.

  • Anthony

    I bet that little boy loves his pretty auntie!

  • Chillyroad

    I use black liner or black lipstick to make the red look deeper. I often wear two different lipsticks at once to create new colors. I almost always mix pink with purple/grape color.

  • AM

    I’ll definitely try that combo. black and red. Hope I don’t end up looking like a clown.

  • binks

    I love Ruby Woo but the only thing is that it is so darn drying on the lips… :( but I agree a classic red lip should be in every woman’s purse. Just give me a red lip and oversize sunny then I’ am good.

  • Chillyroad


    Ok I just tried it. Russian Red has crayon orangey red Color. Put the red on then blend a bit of black and it will give your lip a darker blood red Color. Similar to the Color of a red rose.

  • Nakia

    I love red lips and they are also my signature, particularly for night looks. My favorite go-to-long-lasting-compliment getter is Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in Red Taboo. It’s rich and gorgeous and works well with my gold under-toned brown skin. not a hint of orange, which doesn’t work for me.

  • gennatay

    My favorites are Wet N Wild 911D Spotlight Red or 918D Cherry Bomb. I also own Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red and Macs Ruby Woo. I usually pair these with NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Hot Red, Plush Red or Deep Red. I love a matte red lip and wear it often.

  • Whatever

    I agree Binks, I love Ruby Woo but boy does it leave my lips dry after about an hour. I may take the authors advice and find a compatible gloss to layer with.

  • ac

    ruby woo does not look good on any and everyone lol. i tried it and hated it, but i’m glad most ladies have found it to match

  • Kizzee29

    “Drop Dead Red” by Too Faced is a perfect red with blue undertones.

  • Jenae

    I love Sephora’s Always Red! I mix it with MAC’s Chestnut lip liner pencil to make it a deeper red.

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