How to Do a Maroon Lip

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Whether you refer to it as bordeaux, wine, deep cherry or dark red, a maroon lip is a major statement maker. While you may find this look super enticing and can't wait to go for a deeply stained pout, such a departure from less in-your-face color may cause you to shrink away and gravitate toward safer looks. Fortunately, maroon lipstick is easy to wear and looks good on everyone after you learn the tricks to pulling off this sultry makeup style.

Step 1

Choose your maroon lipstick based on your skin tone. Look at the veins on the undersides of your wrists -- veins that appear blue signify a cool skin tone, while green veins signify a warm skin tone. Select cool or blue-based lipsticks for cool complexions and warm or orange-based lipsticks for warm complexions.

Step 2

Gently dab your fingertip on your chosen maroon lipstick and apply it to your lips in small strokes for a stained effect. Continue adding lipstick with your fingertips until you reach the darkness you like. Add clear lip balm for a shiny finish.

Step 3

Apply concealer over your lips first -- just like you would with lipstick -- if you want an opaque, super-strong finish. Apply a lip liner that matches your lipstick. Fill your lips completely with the lip liner. Cover the lip liner with your maroon lipstick. Use a lip brush, picking up color from the top of your lipstick and then gently applying the lipstick to your lips in small strokes until finished.

Step 4

Dab on clear gloss if your lipstick is too matte or if you crave a super-shiny lip.