A red lip, when executed correctly, is flattering on anyone. However, there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing and applying a red lipstick. We all want to find that holy grail lip color that compliments our skin tone, has the perfect finish, and lasts throughout the day. Here’s a few tips to finding that magic harmony in a tube of lip stick:
Finding the perfect shade.
The first choice to be made when selecting a lipstick is what shade of red you’re using. Many times we see a swatch of a shade on paper or on someone else, just to bring it home and realize it doesn’t look quite right. This is why it’s important to consider what will best flatter your skin tone.
- For porcelain or very fair skin tones, blue or orange-based reds are usually most flattering.
- For light or fair skin, either medium or dark true reds look best.
- For tan skin, bright pinks and dark reds look best.
- For light brown skin, consider darker plum shades.
- For dark skin, dark purple-reds are complimentary.
Choosing the right finish.
The next decision to be made is what kind of finish you want in your lip color. Finishes can range from matte (no shine, flat color) to high-gloss. Lip color can also be found in a lip balm, butter, or lacquer. In addition to the appearance of your lipstick, the consistency and finish can affect the way the color wears and feels. For example, matte lipsticks are usually the longest-lasting, but they can dry the lips over time. Glossier lip colors and lip butters can provide more hydration, but usually fade away faster.
Prepping and protecting your lips.
It’s important to prep and protect your lips before applying lip color because the condition of your lips can affect the way that the lipstick applies. If your lips are dry or chapped, you may want to invest in a lip scrub. These scrubs are designed to exfoliate and condition the lips to eliminate dead skin and prevent chapping. It’s also important to regularly keep your lips well-hydrated with lip balm, especially during the Winter months when the weather is cold and dry.
Applying lipstick to last.
Several steps can be taken to ensure that your lipstick lasts as long as possible without smudging or fading. It may take a little extra effort, but if you follow these steps, your lip color is more likely to last through the difficult obstacles you face throughout the day, including eating or drinking.
In order to achieve this long-lasting lipstick look, you will need to have available lip balm, lip primer, your chosen lipstick and a matching lip liner, concealer and translucent setting powder, as well as a finishing gloss if desired.
- First of all, make sure your lips are hydrated by applying a hydrating lip balm.
- Apply lip primer, or apply a light amount of concealer to the lips.
- Take a lip-liner that is identical or similar to the color of lipstick you are using. Carefully line the lips (either along the lip line, or slightly outside the natural line of your lips to enhance their thickness), and use the lip-liner to gently fill in your lips completely.
- Take a lip brush and swipe it against your lipstick to pick up some of the product. Carefully paint the lips with the product until they are fully covered. You can also use the brush to shape your lips.
- Coat the lips in a thin layer of translucent setting powder. This will lock in the color.
- Apply the lipstick directly from the tube to your lips.
- Optionally, use your lip liner to further define the shape of your lips.
- If desired, top with a finishing lip gloss of your choice. You can top red lips with clear gloss, or a red gloss that will further enhance the color.
- If necessary, use the concealer to clean up the edges around the mouth.
- Enjoy a highly-pigmented lipstick look that is sure to last the night!
How to handle an emergency touch-up.
Even if you take all of the above steps towards insuring your lipstick through the day, mishaps do happen! Make sure you keep a tube of your lipstick, your lip-liner, and some concealer handy in your bag or wallet. If your lipstick smudges, simply clean up the smudged areas with your concealer and re-line the lips. If you find your lipstick is fading, just reapply another layer with your tube of lipstick and top with more gloss if you wish.