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How to Pull Off Bold, Red Lipstick After 50

Honey Good puts on bold red lipstick after 50 sitting at her vanity holding one of her favorite red lipsticks for women over 50. She's wearing a camo shirt with rolled-up sleeves, a gold watch, and gold bracelets.

When you wear red lipstick, you are not a wallflower as a woman over 50. You stand out and demand attention!

Who is red-y to embrace red lipstick after 50? Some say our age should eschew red lipstick but I say women over 50 should eschew being told what to do! Guidelines are fine but rules are meant to be broken, darlings!

When it comes to selecting the right red lipstick shade that suits you, nothing is more important than feeling good. Red lipstick makes me feel bold and visible. Whether that’s the popular Mac Ruby Woo or a light lip tint, there’s a red for you.

My editor recently told me that, while she thinks I look fabulous and can pull off the red, she has never owned any red lipstick of her own. So, I challenged her to go out and get some and report back on how it made her feel. I know she’s going to love it!

I’m challenging you right now, darlings! Go out and get some red! Be bold. Stand out and be you!

Read more on Why I Wear Red Lipstick here.

Pucker Up and Get Your Lips Ready

honeys-skincare-routine honey good wearing red lipstick at her vanity and her reflection is shown in a round mirror with a window in the background. She loves to explore the best red lipsticks for women over 50

Wearing red lipstick over 50 brings a real boost of verve!

No matter what color lipstick you wear, you must prep your lips and keep them hydrated. Nothing is flattering about red lipstick after 50 if it’s flaking off.

It’s a good idea to exfoliate lips to remove dry skin and moisturizing with an emollient lip balm. Swiping on a quick slick of balm before bedtime is a great way to keep lips prepped and pretty for the morning.

I like this Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm by Fresh. It’s a lip balm that delivers 24-hour moisture. Not to mention, it smells divine and comes in caramel, lemon, and an addictive coconut cream flavor. It has a subtle shine but with no sticky after feel. Grab your hydrating lip balm here.

Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm

I also love ILLA’s hydrating lip balm in a Heartbeats. It’s nourishing while adding just a flush of a warm red color. You can get it here. While we’re not sure that age should dictate the hue of your lipstick, we do know that, as we age, fine lines and hyper-pigmentation begin to show around the mouth.

Hydrating Lip Balm

Bionova makes a product called Anti Aging Upper Lip Treatment with Uv Chromophores. The product aims to reduce all the signs of upper-lip aging, including softening vertical lines; get it here!

Anti Aging Upper Lip Treatment With UV Chromophores


Prepping Your Lips for Color After 50

In the morning, or anytime you are ready to apply lipstick, start by treating lips to a layer of foundation. Next, apply lipstick and blot it with a cotton ball dusted in face powder. After that, (and never before) apply lip liner to the lip line and then fill in the remainder of the lips. Now you’ll have a red lipstick that lasts all day and doesn’t feather into fine lines.


Still Not Sure You’re Ready for Red Lipstick After 50?

Here are some shades that help “real women” just like us look stunning in red at every age!

Guerlain Rouge G Customizable Satin Lipstick Shade

Guerlain is my new favorite red lipstick after 50. Not only are the shades gorgeous, but their lipstick is enriched with Jojoba, mango butter and Hyaluronic acid. The satin formula offers intense, luminous, long-lasting color while nourishing and helping to smooth lips.

I also just love my glamorous refillable cases! Check out my Instagram reel here where I show them off.

red lips after 50, Gueralin

For a bright red lipstick, try: Guerlain # 21 (Cherry Red)

For a deep red shade of lipstick, try:  Guerlain # 23 (Deep Cherry)

Check out some of the gorgeous, refillable lipstick cases such as mine at Sephora.

Tom Ford Lipstick

I sometimes soften my red lipstick shade with Tom Ford’s Casablanca. It is one of my favorite staples. I know it is a Tom Ford customer’s favorite staple in their makeup routine because it has not been discontinued. Personally, I have been wearing this color for years. I never leave on a trip without a tube of Casablanca. It is a beautiful neutral with color. For a brilliant cherry red, try Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge.

red lipstick after 50, Tom Ford Casablanca

Get your own Tom Ford Casablanca here at Bergdorf Goodman.

MAC Cosmetics Ruby Woo

One of the classic, bright red lipsticks, MAC Ruby Woo is long-lasting and very nourishing. It also has a slightly more matte finish for a very Hollywood glam appeal. Don’t forget to nab the corresponding Ruby Woo lip liner. For a deeper shade of red lipstick, try MAC Cosmetics Russian Red. It has more of a blue-red undertone.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Next up, make a statement with this super lustrous, yet super affordable, shade by Revlon. I’ve been telling people about it for years. You can’t go wrong with red lipstick after 50, but if you’re afraid to try it, this one won’t set you back. You can get yours for less than $10, here.

Revlon red lipstick

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Are you ready to try red lipstick after 50? Please do and tag me on Instagram with a picture of your bold lips. I would love to see them!

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April 14, 2023


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  1. Andrea Eisen says:

    The best red lipstick is Lock and Shine. It lasts all day, doesn’t feather and looks great. A few great shades of red to choose from. Doesn’t come off on anything

  2. joni james says:

    I love Gabriel lipsticks and Kosas lipsticks. They don’t bleed and the colors are beautiful. Plus, they’re healthy!

  3. Lucinda Poahway says:

    Loved this encouragement to step out of the box!!! Super!!!

  4. Marcia Roberts says:

    I LOVE red lipstick and have worn “red” for years! I am 75, and I often am asked about what brand of lip color I use. I have used “Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Color” for years. They have several “red shades” to choose from!!

  5. Susan Garcia says:

    I wear red lipstick daily. I am known for my Red Lipstick Legacy.
    And for binking (when Meanie kisses the grands and leaves a red kiss on their faces!)

  6. Lynda Davis says:

    Guerlein makes an amazing primer called Kiss Kiss that absolutely prevents lip colour from bleeding. It’s a bit pricey but the best of all the varieties I’ve tried. Boomerbroadcast.net

  7. Donna says:

    I recently read this article. While looking up the Guerlain brand, I saw a color named Gladys. My mother’s name! And right next to it was, Geraldine. My grandmother’s name. Yes, I bought both lipsticks. ❤️💄💄❤️

  8. cec says:

    I love red lipstick. It makes a world of difference and brightens up a smile

    • Susan Good says:

      And, our lives! There is just something about red lipstick that gives me moxies! You, too? Warmly, Honey

  9. Sunny Cook says:

    I am always amazed that the fashion writers say to not use red lipstick but when you go to purchase it you will find it is the color(s) that are sold out!!! Nice to know that people don’t take their advice!!!

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