How to Do a Maroon Lip

by Tarah Damask

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Items you will need

  • Maroon lipstick
  • Clear lip balm
  • Concealer
  • Lip liner
  • Lip brush
  • Clear gloss
  • Foundation
  • Pink blush


  • Create the best look possible by camouflaging any redness on your face with concealer or foundation. Add a touch of pink-hued blush to your cheeks and mascara to your eyes to avoid appearing washed out. For an easy finish, use your chosen lipstick as blush instead, dabbing a bit onto the apples of your cheeks and blending.
  • Try a sheer maroon lipstick if a fully saturated maroon lip is too bold -- you'll achieve a beautiful look without making such a strong statement.


  • When you're finished applying your lipstick, place your finger between your teeth, gently close your lips around your finger, release the grip of your teeth and pull your finger out from your lips, suggests an article at the Real Simple website. This trick keeps lipstick off your teeth.

About the Author

Tarah Damask's writing career began in 2003 and includes experience as a fashion writer/editor for Neiman Marcus, short fiction publications in "North Texas Review," a self-published novel, band biographies, charter school curriculum and articles for various websites. Damask holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas.

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