A perfect red lip is hard to accomplish and highly sought after. The look brings glamour and class to many styles of makeup and dress. Red lipstick is quirky and the application has to be just right. With so many different pigments that separate red lipstick, finding the right hue to match skin tone and tooth color can be difficult but never impossible.
Through trial and error with different brands and their consistencies, and of course, a few tips and tricks, anyone can rock the red lip like a celebrity superstar.
Prep your kisser
To create any great lip, it requires a soft and pliable base to adhere to. Exfoliation is key to making sure that your lips are primed. At-home natural exfoliators are easy to create and work wonders on dry lips. Combine granulated sugar with a bit of olive oil or honey to make a creamy consistency and rub on your lips for one minute; wash off. Don’t forget to wear a moisturizing lip-balm daily.
Foundation is important
Foundation is usually the first step of our make-up regime, so don’t skip your lips when planning on applying any type of lipstick; it needs something to adhere to. Dab a base coat over your lips, smoothing it around the outer lips. Next step: powder. Powder your lips softly with a brush used just for the mouth area.
Don’t skip the liner
A red pout is nothing without a lip-liner. To ensure that you don’t look like a caricature of a clown, choose a liner that matches your skin tone. Liner is important as it keeps lipstick and gloss from creeping outside of your lip line. Line your lips just a fraction outside the natural line, as this ensures the illusion of a plump mouth. The usage of white liner on the cupid’s bow and directly under the middle of the lower lip provides contrast; powder again using tissue over covering your lips.
Always use a lip brush to apply color straight from the tube; it enables one to accurately define the lips and correctly place color where needed, filling in the liner. Dabbing a miniscule amount in the corners of your lips is important.
Choosing a shade
If your teeth are on the yellow side, choose a shade that has less bluish undertones; it will make your smile seem whiter. A reddish-orange tone of lipstick will enhance teeth that are a bit brighter.
Red lips are in…in a big way. Wearing a red lip is a statement; making sure you do it correctly is what fantastic lipstick is all about.