How to wear hot lips with confidence

Lately I’ve been getting a mess load of emails from ladies who have would love nothing more than to venture outside of bare lips andd boring neutral lip colors to colors with a little more POW. Now I know bright lip colors ain’t for everyone. And I know they aren’t for every occasion but trust me when I tell you a bangin’ lip color can set of an outfit and send you confidence soaring through the roof.

Now I’m ain’t some lip color guru or anything like that but I remember being that female loving lip colors on other women but being terrified to wear it myself. So I’ve taken my former insecurities and your questions and devised a list that I hope will motivate you to rock a hot lip.

Get your pencil and notepad, kiddies.


Find colors that compliment your skintone.

Having been a beauty enthusiast for the past few years, I know that some brands like to tell us that “certain” colors are made for “certain” skintones. To an extent, I agree. I think that cooler pinks tend to look a lot better on ladies with fairer skintones than on myself. Does that stop me from buying them? No. You can always warm up a color by using lip glosse and lip liners. But if you don’t have the time or patience for that, look for colors that you think look best against your skin complexion. And you know what, brown women? We can wear a lot more than plums and burgundies. Like…fo real.

Get comfortable wearing colors around the house.

My home skillet from around the way was telling me how she purchased her first red lipstick, wore it to a party, caught herself in a mirror and wanted to cry from sheer horror. She said it just wasn’t “her”. Well come on, sugar plums. Do you wear a new pair of heels without breaking them in? Do you try a new foundation on the day of photoshoot? Do you buy a car without testing it? Hells no. The same thing applies to a new lip color. Apply it when you don’t have anywhere to go. Vacuum your house with a red lip. Help your kids with their homework. Start dinner and fix the roof (where my Home Depot lovin’ ladies at?) all while wearing a hot lip. If you can rock it comfortably in the house, who says you can’t rock it anywhere else?

Take baby steps.

Only beauty rebels can go from 0 to 60 with a swipe of a lipstick. If your personality is of one who likes to eaaaaase into new situations, start with lighter colors before wearing bolder colors. Gotta crawl before you can walk, woman.

Have your own photoshoot.

Y’all don’t know it but for every 1 photo that pops up on Clumps, I took a good 10-12. I have my own mini photoshoots. And every where. From my bathroom to my car to restaurants and parks. Be as silly and as professional as you want. Even if you don’t plan on posting your pictures all over Facebook, upload them to your computer and marvel how freaking fabulous you look.

Say to yourself, “Wow, I’m gorgeous.”

Positive self-reinforcement goes a long way. I believe in the mantra that if I feel it, I can believe it. It’s not the red lipstick that makes a woman look good. It’s the confidence behind it. You have to KNOW that you look good to feel good. And you really shouldn’t even care what anyone thinks about it. Rock on, girl.

SOOOO, the next question is, what lip color do you plan on rocking for the holidays?

  • I LOVE this post. I’ve been wanting to buy a nice bright lipgloss and or lipstick. All I use now is Burt’s Bees chapstick to keep moisturized. One of these days I’m going to treat myself to a colorful lippie and so this post is a big help in choosing. I want to find a nice pretty pink and a vibrant pink. A saleslady at Sephora was wearing a beautiful bright pink lipstick that just popped and I want to try. Gotta work my way up to the bright red you wear here.

  • LOVE this post. Team Bright Lippies! (wearing Girl About Town as I type…)

  • Stacy

    Hmmmm, I seriously thinking of rocking a pink lip on Black Friday. Every year there is a “black” party where you have to wear all black and I was thinking instead of doing a dark smokey eye like I’ve done in the past, I’m going to do a neutral eye and a pink lip. I’m off work tomorrow so I’ll take your advice and try it out at home first. :)

  • Great tips!! I personally think WOC look great with bold colored lipsticks. I have a fuschia lipstick that goes great with my skin tone, I would have never thought twice about choosing a bold color like that.

  • Joanne_

    this holiday season I’ll be wearing alot of deep berry lips…such as NYX lip gloss in burgundy, revlon va va violet, revlon black cherry, and MAC cyber…how’s that for color!!! thanks for the post!!! =) loves it!

    • Brittany

      I hear Revlon has some pretty awesome lippies. I need to check them out!

  • Martha

    That’s how I try out new eye looks! I really like a bold eye look with a ridiculously intense & defined outter-v, so I do the look when I’m at home catching up on Real Housewives of ATL or otherwise not doing anything to see how long it’ll last, if the colors change/mysteriously disappear and whatnot. Sometimes, I’ll do 2 looks.. one on each eye. Who knows what’ll happen if someone knocks on my door when that happens!

  • Shelley S.

    This is a seriously awesome post! I wear way too many neutrals for my own good…
    Loving your whole look in the 3rd and 4th pics ;]

    • Brittany

      Thanks lovely! Try some brighter colors. You may surprise yourself!

  • Rachel

    I only wear reds with blue undertones. Reds with too much orange as an undertone make me look “yellow”. I tend toward only wearing red during the holidays too. Not sure why that is, but I guess one reason is that I can’t find a great “red-toned” blush to match up with it and with pink blush I feel like I CLASH.

    My everyday lipstick is always in the same color family–pinks. The one I’m wearing today is Lancome’s “Rock Icon” which is a dark fuschia color. Most of my lipsticks ARE this color…some more purple, some more pink. Other faves are Mary Kay’s Fuschia and Magenta and Revlon’s Fuschia Fever.

  • Marsha

    Love this post. I thought I would look like a clown with red lips and I tried it one day now I love to rock them. Can you tell me which lipsticks you are wearing in the 3rd and 4th picture? Thanks.

    • Brittany

      These photos come from former FOTDs and since I’m a crazy person who doesn’t label my photo gallery, I’m not sure. :(

      • Marsha

        Ok, Thanks anyway!

      • Marsha

        Ok, Thanks anyway!

  • I plan on wearing Royal Red by ELF :) In fact, I just bought it like a few minutes ago off the website, along with a huuuge cart of christmas presents for my friends.
    I hope I don’t chicken out, though – I love the colors on other people and I always thought that those people were showing their personality with it. But when I wear it, I feel like other people might think that I just think I’m so not confident of myself that I think a bright, outrageous red will make me less ugly or something.
    I have found ways around it, though…I was obsessed with reds for a while but recently I purcahsed Revlon’s matte lipstick in Strawberry Suede, which is AWESOME because it actually looks like red on my lips but when compared to an actual red lipstick you can tell it’s more like coralish pink. So it’s the pizazz of a red lipstick without being too loud. 😀

  • Akua Yamoah

    This post is cool. I though because i have really big lips i shouldn’t wear bold colors on my lips but this post made me think otherwise.

    • Brittany

      Girl please, you know I’ve got big lips too and I still rock colors like this!

  • malcaj

    Love this post! What lippies are u rocking in the pics?

    • Brittany

      Don’t hate me but I don’t even remember. LOL!

  • LOVE all the colors on you! I never thought I would be able to rock bright lips but once I started, I couldn’t go back *lol* I’m definitely wearing lots of reds and hot pinks this holiday.

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  • You are just too cool – especially that suggestion about wearing a red lip while vacuuming :) I’ve recently started experimenting with lipsticks – at the age of 26 I bought my first liptick: MAC Viva Glam V. That was a couple of months ago. I now have about 6 lipsticks but it does take a bit of guts for me to wear them. Thanks for the tips :)

    • Brittany

      Kudos to you, darling!! Gotta take the baby steps but you are well on your way.

  • Keke

    Love this post! I’ve been rocking the deep, claret colored Bourdeaux that was discontinued by L’oreal (copped it at the Dollar Tree) as well as Black Opal’s Heart Throb an arresting, bright red! My skintone is a deep mahogany/rich espresso color and I was always told that I couldn’t rock a bright red, well BO helped me turn all of those folks into liars! It looks fab on me!

  • Dam..! Your lips are gorgeous. I’m still uncomfortable using dark / bold colours. I think I look ridiculous in them x.x And before I could try to convince myself to wear it, my mum took my only red lippie lol

    *Note to self: Do not use those sharp () or it messes with your comment. Argh!