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How to Pull Off a Bold Red Lip for Galentine’s Day

How to Pull Off a Bold Red Lip for Galentine's Day

Who is red-y to embrace red lipstick at our age? Some say women over 50 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!

So, let’s get red-hot with lips this Galentine’s Day, shall we? When it comes to selecting a hue that suits you, nothing is more important than keeping red under control. Meaning that no matter your age, your skin tone, or which shade you choose, red lipstick that ends up on your teeth, your chin, or highlighting the vertical lip lines you’ve been trying to minimize is a fashion faux pas.

Everyday Red Lips

Ready lips for every day, no matter what color lipstick you’ll be wearing, by exfoliating 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 Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm by Fresh. It’s a tropical lip balm that delivers 24-hour moisture, an addictive coconut cream flavor, and a subtle shine, but with no sticky after feel. Grab yours, here.

fresh hydrating lip balm

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.

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals makes a product called Smooth Upper Lip and Perioral Anti-Aging Treatment, which is, pun intended, a mouthful. The product aims to reduce all the signs of upper-lip aging, including softening vertical lines; get it for $38, here.


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. Now, and only now, apply lip liner to the lip line and then fill in the remainder of lips for a red that lasts all day and doesn’t feather into fine lines.

Still Not Sure That Red Lips Are Right For You?

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

NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick Jungle Red

NARS’ ‘Jungle Red’ lipstick is inspired by the ’50s silver screen. Creamy and semi-matte so your lips feel smooth and hydrated, this shade is especially flattering on neutral or warm-toned complexions. Snag yours, here.

Nars red lipstick

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick

Born from Dior’s iconic red lipstick first released in 1953, the Rouge Dior collection combines contemporary make-up artistry with timeless colour combinations. Treat yourself to one, here.

Dior rouge lipstick

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Make a statement this Galentine’s Day with this super lustrous, yet super affordable, shade by Revlon. You can get yours for less than $10, here.

Revlon red lipstick

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  1. 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

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