It can seem like love is all around us.
And since red is the color most often associated with love, it is the ideal opportunity to look at one of the most classic beauty looks: red lipstick. Dramatic and bold, exciting yet sophisticated, red lipstick has stood the test of time and it’s a look which, when done right, oozes confidence and glamour. It is also a quick way to add some glamour to your makeup without breaking the bank.
There are some lucky ladies who suit all shades of reds but for the rest of us, taking into consideration your hair color and complexion before stepping out in red is vital to successfully carrying off this look. And when it comes to red lippie a general beauty rule to keep in mind is those with cool undertones to skin tend to suit more pink-toned reds whereas those with more warm toned skin should try reds in the coral and orange spectrum.
Beyond the shade range, there is a variety of different lip products to choose from. Lipsticks give a more solid and bold color when applied and you can opt for different finishes including matte; one of the best known of which is MAC’s Ruby Woo, £15. It gives quite a dense shade of red when applied which can seem quite dramatic if this is not what you’re used to. Lip glosses are shiny and less dense in colour. And lip crayons like Clinique’s Chubby Sticks gives color and moisturize lips at the same time.
Also on the lip product scene are lip lacquers which are more gloss than lipstick and includes Rimmel’s Apocalips range, £4.99. And one of my own favorite lip products is YSL’s Glossy Stain, £23.50 which combines a glossy finish with the long-lasting color of a stain. And for those looking for an alternative to red, then why not try pink. From baby pinks through to bright fuchsias, this is another option to add color which can be as soft or as bold as you like.
Before applying your lipstick, make sure your lips are soft and moisturized. Regularly using a lip balm can help tackle dryness but if you haven’t had the chance to do this, apply a small amount before you start the rest of your makeup, leaving lips until last. This way the moisture should have soaked into lips, leaving them soft and the perfect base for this look.
If using a lipstick, begin not with a lip liner but rather with a lip brush.
And use this to apply a small amount of your chosen shade all over your lips, following the natural shape of your lips without making any adjustments to the lip line.
Not only does this give a more accurate and precise finish, getting into edges, but it also pushes the color into the lips resulting in a longer lasting color. And by doing this before the pencil, it can help avoid the lip liner without lipstick look which can happen at the end of a night when lipstick has worn off but lip liner remains.
Once there is a thin layer on your lips, you can use your lip liner or lip brush to even up shape and size of lips. But for the best finished look, do make sure you use the right shade of lip liner otherwise it will stand out for all the wrong reasons. Then blot lips on a tissue and finish with a final lipstick application, not forgetting to go right into the corners of your mouth. Alternatively forgo lipstick and use a lip liner on its own for a more casual look.
And because red lipstick can be a strong look, avoid looking washed out by using a small amount of blusher to balance out the look. Leave clashing shades to the experts and use one from the same shade family as your lipstick.