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Should You Wear Red Lipstick? Maybe Not

Jennifer Connolly knows what colors work on her – and red is not one of them. How about you? Read more from Jennifer on her blog.

Should You Wear Red Lipstick? Maybe Not


All women can wear a Red Lipstick. But should they?

There’s a red lipstick for every skin tone and every woman. For many, it’s a choice of warm or cool and the intensity that makes it work or not. For me it’s also a matter of focus.

I love Red Lipstick. It’s so chic.

But here’s why I don’t wear it.

The lighting is the same for all photographs. I take no responsibility for looking like a deer in the headlights 🙂


The Classic Red Lip: Not for Every Woman

me with no lipstick – the focus is on my eyes

I have very soft, muted coloring with very little contrast between my hair, eyes and skin.

The Classic Red Lip: Not for Every Woman

Pale blush-pink lipstick – the focus is balanced between my eyes and lips

This pale lipstick simply balances my eye makeup, and adds no contrast.


The Classic Red Lip: Not for Every Woman

Deep rose lipstick – the focus is on my lips

This rose lipstick is just a bit darker and brings the focus down to my lips.


The Classic Red lip: Not For Every Woman

Red lipstick – Eyes? What eyes? All attention is on my lips.


This red adds more contrast and begins to overpower my coloring.


The woman over 50 needs to use an objective eye when choosing lip color. As we age, our lips thin, and a red lip can begin to look like an angry slash across the face. If you want to wear a red lip, try a softer red, and one with less pigment. Beware of red gloss because it can wick up those fun lines around our mouth.

So while I can wear Red Lipstick, I generally choose not to.

Do you wear red lipstick?


Style your day beautifully,

Jennifer Connolly

Jennifer Connolly celebrates the unique experience of women over 50. As a Certified Image Consultant and Personal Stylist, she empowers women to develop their image, personal style and self confidence. Her blog, A Well Styled Life, gives women the tools to appreciate their beauty and fully embrace the joys of midlife. Jennifer is a blogger, writer, wife, mom, grandmother. Pro-aging troublemaker, searching for the perfect foundation shade since 1973. Instagram: awellstyledlife

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Sarah Lund

Friday 9th of October 2015

I think people should wear what they want. I have a pale face, and red lipstick makes me look washed out. I think it suits people who have dark hair and dark skin. I suit pinks and peach shades, as they blend well with my skin tone and my hair colour. Never got what was so special about red lipstick.

Andrea B.

Thursday 8th of October 2015

I like red lipstick, but I get why you might not. ;) It's a once-in-a-while thing for me.


Thursday 8th of October 2015

never never never. It looks great on others it is not for me :-)

Jeanne Tapp

Wednesday 7th of October 2015

I totally agree, Jennifer. There comes a time when those tiny lines around our lips need to be minimized. I like your look with hair and makeup with only the blush lipstick. Very sophisticated and polished.

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