The Perfect Red Pout
Seen walking the red carpet at the Oscars and more recently on the VAMFF runways, the red lip is beauty’s answer to the Little Black Dress.
A red lip can instantly transform your look, worn with confidence this hue will give your face an instant boost. Out of context red lips pair perfectly with a breton top or grey marle tee and denim and best worn with understated make-up so that your lips are the feature and you don’t look too garish. Red lips are also a fabulous companion to evening wear, adding a simple winged eye and mascara for added drama and a sultry after-dark look.
Red in its various shades, suit everyone. It’s just about finding the right colour red to suit your skin tone. As the rule goes, fairer/rosey skin tones should lean towards true reds and blue based reds, medium skin looks good in warmer, orange-y reds, olive skin can work with most reds whereas darker skin tones should go for darker, berry reds. In all honesty, rules are made to be broken and it’s just about finding the right shade for you and how much of a lip statement you want to make.
Just remember: True or blue-reds will brighten the look of your teeth, as opposed to warmer, orange-y reds.
How to nail this look:
1. Prep your lips. Prep lips with balm and then wipe a cotton bud over them to get rid of dry skin, let balm set in whilst doing the rest of your face. No dry lips, please!
2. Application is key. Wipe away residual lip balm right before application otherwise the colour won’t stick. Apply with a lip brush for more precise execution and longer lasting lip colour. Apply concealer or face powder to the edge of your lip line to stop the colour from bleeding/feathering.
3. Don’t play up your eyes. Pared back eyes are the trick when wearing red lipstick. Think a sweep of mascara and a neutral eyeshadow – NO coloured eyeshadow as this will clash with your lips.
4. Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess colour. You can also blot with a tissue and reapply to build the colour to ensure it lasts.
5. Wear with confidence!
“Heels and red lipstick with put the fear of God into people” – Dita Von Teese.
I am brunette with olive skin (yellow undertones in the winter) and I love wearing both warm & cool-tone reds. My personal favourites are OCC in Harlot and Rimmel Lasting Finish in 106 (it’s a matte magenta colour). These two are on high rotation year round.
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