Here’s How You Make Ruby Woo More Wearable

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We all love MAC Ruby Woo, the retro matte blue-red that looks insanely good on SOOO many, but let’s face it, that thang can be super drying. You could add a balm, but you can alter the finish, so what else do you do?

Mix it with a super goth deep dark berry! A MAC artist once had a really awesome lip on one time when I was buying makeup and when I pinned her in a corner politely asked her what she was wearing she told me Ruby Woo with Nightmoth Lip Pencil lining around the edges and then blended in a bit. I totally stole her look.

Then I also noticed that makeup artist Jonathan Nathaniel did a similar look with Nightmoth lip liner, Charred lipstick, and Ruby Woo lipstick in the center of the lip on VH1’s Yandy Smith. After my two month red lip hiatus, I resurfaced my beloved shade by mixing it with MAC Prince Noir (applied like a liner) and then put Ruby Woo in the center. Using the lipstick as opposed to just the liner made it a more comfy wear because although Prince Noir is a matte as well, it’s not as drying on the lips as Ruby Woo.

Then fast forward like a day later and MAC used the same concept to create the gorgeous lip look at Kenneth Cole (pictured above)! Here’s what they used:

M·A·C PRO WHITE FACE & BODY just a touch mixed into foundation for a custom porcelain finish to skin, followed with an application over cheekbones to further highlight.
M·A·C PRO SCULPTING CREAMS blended over skin to softly contour the face and followed with a bit of transparent powder to set where necessary.

STUDIO FINISH SPF 15 CONCEALER applied with a clean mascara wand through the brows to lighten.
Lashes are curled and left bare.
M·A·C PRO GLOSS TEXTURE applied over bare eyelids and under the lashline for a subtle sheen to skin.
M·A·C PRO pLATINUM METAL PIGMENT applied along the upper and lower lashline to define and highlight the eye.

NIGHTMOTH LIP PENCIL used to define lips and then blended with a lip brush to diffuse and perfect.
CYBER LIPSTICK blended through the corners and outer edge of lips.
RUBY WOO LIPSTICK applied through the center of the lip and blended outwards with a lip brush.
M·A·C PRO BLACK BLACK CHROMAGRAPHIC PENCIL used through the corners of the mouth to deepen.
CHERRY LIP PENCIL used to blend darker tones together, perfecting lips while creating dimension at the same time.

P.S. Here’s my version (Prince Noir with Ruby Woo)
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Sure, I may look all dewy and luminous here, but five seconds later it'll be Jermaine Jackson status.
Sure, I may look all dewy and luminous here, but five seconds later it’ll be Jermaine Jackson status.

Will you be trying this lip look? Tell me in the comments!



  1. Joanna
    February 11, 2013 / 7:18 am

    I will definitely be trying it out! Love your version. Cute!

  2. yusufwifee
    February 11, 2013 / 12:18 pm

    Yes I will. The ruby woo doesnt look right on me so I am glad for the advice. I had to use this trick for the Mac Niki color also. I wear with the the Mac Cherry liner and blend it – fab!

  3. February 11, 2013 / 12:30 pm

    I love this trick! Gives me a chance to use my products for more than just what they’re marketed for

  4. susan
    September 20, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    Kk got it will definately trying it OUT!Thanxx

    • Danielle
      September 20, 2013 / 4:43 pm

      you’re welcome! it’s my fave lip!!

      also thanks so much for going through my posts—appreciate the love and time taken to read and leave comments :) xoxo

  5. susan
    September 20, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    You welcome you helping me more than you can imagine I grew up a tomboy didn’t know much about makeup or its potential until June 15th on my wedding day the makeup artist did a wonderful job (the only problem was she didn’t inform me about having a blotting paper or using a setting spray so I was oily by the end of the event),the pictures came out beautiful since then I became obsessed to learn how to look good I asked her the products and shades she used she refused to tell me(don’t worry ill send you pictures loll),I started learning on youtube destiny Godley etc until I found you !

    • Danielle
      September 20, 2013 / 5:10 pm

      she wouldn’t tell you what she used? yikes! :(

      glad I can help! I love Destiney Godley on Youtube, too :)

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