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!”)

 

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Clarins + Sephora = One sexy red lip!

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

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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

    @AM

    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.

  • http://gravatar.com/gennatay 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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