There is something wonderful (and a maybe a little wanton) about red lipstick, isn’t there? Unless you’re Taylor Swift, it’s probably not your everyday lipstick shade and it does take a little skill to wear it. However, it is definitely one hot, got-me-noticed shade that women all over the world love to wear. Think you know all about wearing red lipstick? I may have some tips you can use. Trust me, I’m a professional (makeup artist, that is)!
Always start with clean, moisturized lips. Dry lips don’t play well with vibrant red lipstick. Begin your lipstick application with a soothing balm. Allow your lips to soak up the moisture for a few minutes before you begin the application.
Pick which feature you want to focus on. Make your eyes “pop” with bold color while wearing red lipstick may be a bit too much. If you’re going with the red lips, wear lighter shades on your eyelids. (It is okay to go with a dramatic eyeliner though!)
Select the right lipstick shade for your skin tones. Determine if you have cool or warm skin tones. Most of the time I can do this by looking at the inside of my client’s wrist. If you see green veins, she likely has warm tones. If I spot blue veins, she probably has cool tones. Now comes the fun part-finding the right shade for your tones. In my professional experience, women with warm tones look fantastic with orange and brown based reds. Those cool ladies can rock a red lipstick with blue or neutral undertones. Of course this isn’t carved in stone. You may have to experiment with the shades to get the perfect hue.
Cancel lipstick bleeding with lip liner. I regularly use neutral or light red lip liner to outline the lips before applying my favorite reds. Lining the lips stops color from sliding around.
Always, always, always wear lip primer. Some brands can be a touch drying but if you want to brighten and grab that color, you must invest in lip primer. When lip dryness becomes an issue, do opt for the moisturizing lipsticks. They give great color and keep those lips wonderfully moist looking.
So don’t be afraid of a little red color. You can wear it like a supermodel with these five tips!