Red lipstick: The ultimate power pout!

December 17th, 2009

Bright red lipstick

“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.

2). To hydrate your lips, apply a good lip balm (I love The Lip Balm by Crème De La Mer and the Carmex range).

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!

Applying lipliner

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.

Lipliner tips!

  • 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.

Lipstick tricks!

Best red lipstick

Appying Lip Liner

  • 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!

Red lips

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.

Red lipstick make up

Get out and about, and show off your pout!

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8 Responses to “Red lipstick: The ultimate power pout!”

  1. I tried wearing red lipstick and I couldn’t do it.

    It just looks strange on me.. at least, in my head. I’m more of a pinks/nudes/natural girl

    Style on a String :: Because style has nothing to do with money.
    .-= Serena from Style on a String´s last blog ..Harem Pants: Yay or Nay? =-.

  2. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hey Serena, red is not for everyone! I always say … “If something isn’t right for you, don’t wear it”! It’s important to feel confident and happy with your makeup so adapt the look to fit. For an understated smile, choose a sheer red gloss or lip tint. If you decide that red really isn’t your thing, stick with what you know and love :).

  3. vinda says:

    hi. love these tips. red lipstick is so in highlight right now, and red lips is one of my favorite makeup style :)
    congratulations for the links a la mode feature too. well deserved!
    .-= vinda´s last blog ..year-end post: overviews of my blog, favorite bloggers award, and the poll ♥ =-.

  4. The Style PA says:

    Great tips and fab colours too. I wear red every now and again and always get complimented when I do.
    .-= The Style PA´s last blog ..INSPIRATION – Festive Links à la Mode =-.

  5. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thanks, Vinda! You’re right, red lips are a red hot fashion trend :).

  6. Little Miss Makeup says:

    The Style PA – thank you. A vibrant red lip is a great way to attract attention ;).

  7. Rofique Hussain says:

    Wow, very nice tips, thanks for sharing :).

    I wear red lipstick almost all the time. I guess it gives me some confidence but mostly it’s just some kind of habit I have!

  8. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Dear Rofique,

    You’re welcome. Keep rocking that red!

    LMM x

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