Dita Von Teese on Choosing the Perfect Red Lipstick

Dita Von Teese (Getty)
Dita Von Teese (Getty)
Apart from Gwen Stefani, it's hard to think of anyone more qualified than Dita Von Teese to dispense advice on finding the perfect shade of crimson lipstick. After all, whether she's running errands or performing on stage, you'll never see Dita minus her ruby red lips.

The brunette beauty, who admits to carrying anywhere between 3 and 6 red lispticks at any given time, naturally has a few tips for women afraid of attempting a bold red lip. Dita says,

You just have to keep trying them and consider how many different shades of red there really are. You don't have to go fire engine red, there are great shades of burnt sienna reds, or sheer reds...do a little research, look at lots of pictures. Find a photo of a model or celebrity that you might look a little bit like and see what her red is. Almost every model/actress/star has done a great red lip at some point! And I've never seen anyone look bad in red when it's done right!

Surprisingly, red isn't the only lip color Dita loves. But despite her willingness to sometimes swap shades, you won't see the burlesque star attempt a gooey, glossy lip. She says, 

I also love matte lips. I love matte fuschia, matte orange, and matte bright reds. I love the look of a powdery vibrant lip, plus mattes are really the only long wearing lipsticks that don't get weird, sticky and crackly looking. Skip the gimmicky "kiss-proof" trend and go for a nice velvety matte with lots of pigment.

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