How to Apply Red Lipstick
Red lipstick, it’s the most popular beauty look of all time and there is no surprise why; It can make you look & feel like a million bucks, it can give you so much confidence that you feel like you can rule the world so why wouldn’t you want to wear it? It’s an all-round colour and can be worn no matter what season, as a gorgeous poppy spring colour or a deep winter shade; In this how-to guide you’ll learn how to apply and rock a kick-ass red lipstick.
You will need: a lip balm (I like *Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm) a lip liner that matches your lipstick (I used Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in 50 Red) a red lipstick (my favourite is Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 530 Fatal Red) a lip brush (I love Beau Make by Abbamart Synthetic Lip Brush) a concealer (I used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer) a flat liner brush (I like Beau Make by Abbamart Flat Eye Defining Brush)
Step 1: Start by applying a good lip balm and letting it absorb for 10 minutes then blot off any excess with a tissue.
Step 2: Using a lip liner that matches your lipstick apply it all over your lips as a base for your lipstick (it will increase the staying power due to its waxy formula!) Hold the pencil on its side and use light, feathering strokes for the best results. Finish off by blotting with a tissue.
Step 3: Using a lip brush apply a creamy red lipstick all over the lips, blot an then apply another coat; don’t stress about getting it too perfect.
Step 4: Take some concealer on a flat liner brush around the outline of your lips to further define them & clean up any mistakes, blend with a clean brush.
Step 5: You’re done! You can either leave the lipstick as is for a healthy, creamy finish or apply some gloss just to the center of your lips for a juicy shine. If matte finishes are more your thing blot and whilst holding a tissue over your lips gently dust some translucent powder over them.
Red Lipstick Fears:
"I don’t know how to wear red lipstick!"
Keep the eyes neutral (or opt for some winged liner), use a good foundation to ensure no redness is apparent on the skin, ditch the blush and opt for some bronzer and contour instead.
"I don’t know what colour of red lipstick will suit me!"
If there is a tester available when purchasing a lipstick test it on the pad of your index finger, hold it up to your mouth and smile. You should be able to tell whether you like the colour and if it makes your teeth look whiter you’ve found a winner. Otherwise wine reds with blue tones are flattering on just about everyone. If you have a darker skin-tone cherry reds look fantastic.
"Red lipstick makes my lips look dry!"
Use a good lip balm prior to application and DON’T exfoliate, it can irritate the lips and make them drier in the long run. If lips are extra dry apply some honey to them as a mask for 10 minutes and remove with a warm wash cloth.
"Red lipstick always ends up on my teeth!"
Place your index finger inside your mouth and gently pull it out, any lipstick that would of ended up on your teeth will be on your finger instead.
"Won’t red lipstick make me look like a hooker?"
Nope, not at all! If you are worried keep your brows well groomed, go easy on the eye makeup, don’t use a lot of gloss and ditch the blush.
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