How To Do Bold Red Lips

Pulling off this classic Hollywood touch is now easy enough for any of us – if you follow these tips.

No 1 – Test Shades With a Friend

Bring a buddy along when you go lipstick shopping, then play! Experimenting with different colors is the best way to find a shade you love. Try orangery reds if you have fair skin; go with deep brick shades if your skin is dark. Medium and golden skin tones look great in true reds. Still feeling nervous? Start with a subtle stain. It’s like an internship before full-on red lipstick.

No 2 – Don’t Rush Application

This isn’t something you can do in the car – red lipstick requires precision. Before you put it on, de-flake lips with a washcloth, then apply (and blot off) lip balm to create a smooth canvas.
Next, outline your lips with either a matching red liner or a shade close to your natural lip color to prevent bleeding. Smudge with your fingers to soften the line; then fill in lips with the pencil. Apply lipstick on top, using a lip brush. Blot with tissue, then reapply.

No 3 – Fight Off Fading

Before heading out be sure to yuck your lipstick into your purse for touch-ups. But you don’t have to start from scratch. Since you already have that great pencil base, just put more lipstick on over whatever is left. Whisk it away with an oil-based makeup remover before bed, or you’ll need to wash your pillow case the next day!

Try:

Tap It On For A Stain Effect Chanel Rouge Colour in Gabrielle [$30, chanel.com]

A Lip Brush Is A Must Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil in Holiday Red [$28, macys.com]

Another Standout Red Clarins Rouge Prodige in Red Prodige [$24, clarins.com]

Not Too Vampy Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Ara Red [$30, macys.com]

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One Response to “How To Do Bold Red Lips”

  1. Josh Lanzilotta says:

    thanks, merry xmas!

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