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Three ways to rock a red lip and brighten your day

I’m a big believer in using makeup to brighten an otherwise blah day. When I’m feeling kinda eh about my looks, my job, or even the weather, sometimes I just need a little glamour in my life. And what is more glamorous than a classic red lip?

But not all red lips are created equal. Here are three different moods you can create with a simple swipe of red lipstick.

Powerful. I wear red lipstick when I want to feel independent and in charge of my life. Surprisingly, this isn’t at the office. If I’m feeling less-than-confident, I reach for the red lipstick. I don’t need heels or a suit to complement it; I rock my red lips with jeans, a white T-shirt, and pretty ponytail. Whether I need to stand up to a friend who is upsetting me or simply tell the barista at Starbucks she got my order wrong, I feel like a badass with my red lips.

Sexy. I don’t wear red lipstick when I have a hot date; I wear it when I wish I had a hot date. Red lips scream sex appeal. But rather than going for overtly sexy (glossy red lips, high heels, a black lace dress) I love matte red lips with a tomboyish look, like skinny jeans and a boyfriend cardigan.

Funny. How are red lips funny? Think “I Love Lucy.” Her red hair and red lips were so over the top, yet were part of her signature look. Lucy Ricardo was a hilarious housewife whose red lips still looked perfect no matter what kind of situation she found herself in. I feel lighthearted and funny when I wear red lips with a retro dress. It looks so prim at first glance that actually it makes me feel extra outgoing and silly.

Do you wear red lipstick to brighten your mood? How do you wear it?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing