“My favorite look of the season is a red lip paired with a nude face, as seen on the runway in the Yves Saint Laurent and House of Holland shows. To get the look, team groomed brows with a wash of light-brown matte eyeshadow and a slick of black mascara. Add a touch of beige to the cheekbones, and to create a bold lip, paint on a rich creamy red lipstick.”
Rock out in red lips!
To achieve perfect red smackers:
1). Start by exfoliating your lips to remove any dry, flaky skin.
Makeup artist tip: Want a quick and easy exfoliation technique? Rub a dry, soft-bristled baby’s toothbrush over your lips.
Makeup artist tip: Ensure you tissue off any excess lip balm before you apply your lipliner. If you don’t, your lipliner is likely to smear everywhere!
3). Outline your lips with lipliner.
Why use lipliner? When applied correctly, lipliner shapes and defines the lips. It also helps lipstick last longer and prevents dark colors bleeding.
- For a precision-perfect pout, choose a lipliner in a shade that closely matches the color of your lipstick.
- Prior to application, always warm the tip of the pencil on the back of your hand. A slightly blunt point is best because it doesn’t drag the skin and gives a smooth, even finish.
- Begin in the middle of the top lip, and following the natural contour, work toward the corners of the mouth using a series of short strokes; then, repeat along the bottom lip, working outward from the center.
4). For a precise and even application of color, apply your lipstick with a lip brush. Or, for a low maintenance bitten-lip look, pat the lipstick over your lips with your fingertip.
- Bored with your signature red lippy? Get creative. For a subtle change in tone, line your lips with a lipliner in a different shade and then apply your lipstick, ensuring you blend well at the edges so the lipliner and lipstick merge seamlessly. Want a more dramatic color change? Fill in the entire lip area with lipliner first.
In the video below, I demonstrate how to deepen a red lipstick with a blackcurrant lipliner:
- Blot your lipstick by biting down on a tissue. Or put your thumb in your mouth, suck tightly and pull it out. This way, any excess lipstick will end up on the tissue or your thumb, not on your teeth!
- Out for a few drinks? To preserve your pout, drink through a straw!
What red to wear!
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color in Coromandel 98 is a hot choice. It’s a gorgeous red which leaves the lips feeling as though they are draped in luxury. This shade flatters all faces and gives the complexion a tan-like radiance. Team all that with the minimalist design and you have one very slick lipstick.
Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Rouge Cancan 17 by Givenchy is a makeup bag must-have! It’s an intense, statement red with a creamy texture and hydrating finish. The silver and black, ribbon-adorned packaging is simply stunning.
For scarlet lips with staying power, choose a matte formulation. My favorite long-wearing reds are M·A·C’s Ruby Woo and Russian Red. Beauty bonus! Both of these shades are blue-based reds, which means your smile will appear whiter and brighter.
Scared of bright red? For sheer shine, slick on a ruby-tinted gloss such as Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Little Red Dress 856, Laque Fever in Bloody Cherry Chéri 113 by Lancôme or Chanel’s Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer in Myriade 106.
Get out and about, and show off your pout!