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How to Wear Bold Lipstick

Article Published: 2 March 2022

Learn how to create a simple makeup look and eye makeup with bold lipstick. Get makeup inspiration from celebrities Zendaya, Amanda Seyfried and Lupita Nyong'o.

Bold lipstick L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick shades on Zendaya Amanda Seyfried and Lupita Nyong'o

A bold lipstick is always a crowd pleaser – and it’s a look that can be simple to create. Switch up your makeup routine with a simple yet bold look perfectly balanced with clean skin and simple eye makeup as demonstrated by our Lancôme ambassadresses Zendaya, Amanda Seyfried and Lupita Nyong'o.

L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick for a Bold Lip

Wearing a bold lipstick requires a few careful considerations – and perhaps the most important one which is selecting the right formula. The wrong formula may leave lips feeling dry or may fade and transfer within just an hour of application – or it may lack pigment and apply with a patchy consistency. When looking to create a bold lip -- look to our L’Absolu Rouge Lipsticks. Perfect for creating a bold lip these lipsticks come in both a matte and cream finish formula and are enriched with pure pigments for total color intensity and the addition of grand rose extracts and hyaluronic acid helps to provide all day comfort and long-lasting wear.

If you like a creamy and luminous finish – the L’Absolu Rouge Cream Lipsticks apply seamlessly and effortlessly glide over the lips – in large part thanks to the addition of a 30% moisturizing rose balm and hyaluronic acid to give lips comfort and hydration. Although some creamy lipsticks sometimes have excess slip and slide – our formula sets to a smudge resistant lip color which doesn’t bleed into the lip line (a total essential when wearing a bold lip)

If a matte lipstick is more your style when wearing a bold lip -- look to our L’Absolu Rouge Matte Lipstick. With a powdery soft texture that applies smoothly to the lips as it’s applied the finish sets to a luxurious soft powdery matte finish which provides that ever so elegant classic matte look which looks great with a red lip. The pure pigments in the formula deliver high pigment and long-lasting bold color that lasts.

Makeup Pairings for Bold Lipstick

Perfect Your Base and Even Your Skin Tone

First up – a bold lipstick always looks best with an evenly toned and smooth complexion. Whether you prefer to go for a natural matte finish, dewy finish, or an ultra-matte finish is entirely up to you – but either way start off with Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation. Our best-selling foundation seamlessly covers imperfections and has a lightweight, breathable feel which is suitable for all skin types and tones (find your perfect foundation match) – it’s also long-wearing with a natural matte finish that lasts for up to 24 hours. For an ultra-matte look apply a light layer of Long Time No Shine Translucent Powder over the top to provide a long-lasting matte effect on the face. For a dewy look try mixing a drop of Advanced Génifique Face Serum with one pump of Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation and apply to the skin.

For any areas where you need a little extra coverage look to our Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer – it’s ultra-blendable and suitable for use on dark circles, breakouts, redness, discoloration and thanks to its lightweight formula it doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on the skin.

Simple Eye Makeup and Bold Lipstick Combinations

When wearing a bold lip it’s important to balance out the look with simple eye makeup. Rather than going for a heavy and dramatic look try scaling it back to something softer so the focus remains on the bold lipstick.

Zendaya wearing a bold orange-red lipstick shade.

How to recreate Zendaya’s Bold Lipstick Look:

For Zendaya’s look a pairing of a warm orange-red shade and a soft and elegant eye looks modern and is perfect in any season. For the lips apply L’Absolu Rouge Cream Lipstick in the shade 120 Call Me Sienna directly from the tube using the perfectly shaped petal lipstick bullet. For the eyes – apply Drama Liqui-Pencil in the shade 02 French Chocolate. Apply the eyeliner to both the upper and lower lash line and smudge out with a small brush for a soft and subtle smudged and sultry effect – follow through with one to two coats of Monsieur Big Mascara – our mascara which gives a false lash effect and provides up to 12x the volume of natural lashes.

Amanda Seyfried wearing a bold matte deep red lipstick shade.

How to Recreate Amanda’s Bold Lipstick Look

For a chic and classic look Amanda weas a bold red lipstick in a matte finish – our L’Absolu Rouge Matte Lipstick in the shade 295 French Rendezvous. Bold and dramatic this red lipstick shade complements a variety of skin tones and the finish is classic and modern. After applying the bold lipstick recreate the eye makeup look with a thin line of Le Stylo Eyeliner in the shade 02 Noir Intense applied just to the upper lash line. For the lashes apply two coats of Lash Idôle Mascara for a lash-lifting and eye-opening effect that leaves lashes looking plush and soft.

Lupita Bold Lipstick Look

How to Recreate Lupita’s Bold Lipstick Look

For a dramatic lip Lupita’s look features L’Absolu Rouge Matte Lipstick in the shade 507 Mademoiselle Lupita a deep and sophisticated burgundy red. The soft powder matte finish of the lipstick gives a luxurious look and feel to the lips that looks great with such a dramatic bold lipstick shade. After applying the lipstick keep the eye makeup ultra-simple – first recreate the look by priming the lashes with Cils Booster XL Lash Primer and follow up with two coats of Definicils High Definition Mascara for a natural lash look – this ensures the emphasis remains on the bold lipstick.

Shop L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick Collection.


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