December 23, 2014 Diana Crisan Lips

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About the Ultimate Red Lip

The iconic and always fabulous red lip. Appropriate for any season or occasion, you can never go wrong rocking a red lippie. Unless, of course, your color is bleeding or smudging with every sip of wine you take! There are a few ultimate tricks to perfecting this bold pout — from finding the right undertones to knowing how to properly line and apply it for long-lasting wear. Here are ALL the beauty rules you need to know about red lipstick!

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Finding “The One”

Find the right ruby shade and you can conquer the world! No, seriously — there’s something incredibly empowering, daring and glamorous about wearing red lipstick. The right finish will not only look good, but it can give you the boost you need to uplift your spirit.

Pout Prep

Red lipstick is not as forgiving as say, nude or pink. Achieve a smooth and velvety application by making sure your lips are exfoliated and chap-free! Try using The Body Shop Lip Scuff, a lip moisturizer and scrub in one!

Another thing to remember is the fuzz above your pout … awkward! But red lipstick really draws attention to your mouth, so you’ll want to make sure it’s smooth up there as well.

Liner Is Your Best Friend

Use a foolproof, invisible liner like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in Ozone as a primer to fill in your lips and then trace the outside of your natural lip line to prolong the wear of your lipstick and prevent bleeding!

Day or Night

Contrary to (unpopular!) belief, you CAN sport a daytime red lip. The trick is to keep the rest of your look light and natural. Once night falls, it’s time to go bold and deepen your hue for a true statement or try something wild like red glitter lips!

Simple Pairings

Perfectly pair your red lip with flawless skin and lashes that are to die for using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara! When it comes to your lids, go for a classic cat eye or a light smoky eye and feel free to go matchy-matchy with red nail polish. 

What’s one of your red lipstick tricks? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo: Joshua Shelton
Makeup: Emma Willis
Model: Carrlyn Bathe

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.