Prep Lips With Some TLC
A red lip calls for an even surface, even if you’re looking for barely there, stained color. And in order to make sure you can pull it off, you’re going to need to prep by exfoliating with a scrub like the NYX Cosmetics #ThisIsEverything Lip Scrub
and then moisturizing with a hydrating balm, like the Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment in Untinted
Line Like a Champ
Using a flesh- or clear-hued lip liner, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner
, trace around your lips to prevent lipstick from feathering or smudging. Use delicate strokes while ensuring you stay close or within your natural lip line.
Blot Between Layers to Maximize Staying Power
After tapping or swiping on that first layer of lipstick, use a fluffy powder brush to dust a bit of setting powder like the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder
onto lips, then let dry. You can also use blotting papers in between coats as well. Both techniques help set each layer of lipstick before your final coat.
Keep the Rest of Your Makeup Simple
Keeping everything else very minimal will not only make your pout pop but also brighten your face and open up your eyes. A hint of concealer, blush and a subtle application of highlighter goes a long way.
Opt for the Monochromatic Look
Red can be a tricky color to pull off but sometimes works best when it’s used on lids, lips and cheeks. To that effect, go back to your skin’s undertone to find a red. L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John likes using L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Glosses
to get the look.
Or, Try a Lip Tint
If you’re nervous about the whole red lip thing entirely, we suggest trying a lip tint or stain, which leaves a just barely there hint of color, like the IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Solid Serum Gloss
When in Doubt, Act Confident
The key to wearing any type of statement lip color is confidence. If you are uncomfortable or unsure about your makeup (or self), it shows. So, when you’re wearing that ruby red lip color, make sure to pair with a smile and lift that head high.