Red lipstick is a very classic look that has never been out of style. It is also one of the hottest trends this summer. Unfortunately, many women assume they can’t wear it and shy away from it. They’re wrong. Red lipstick really can look good on anyone; the trick is to find the right shade and apply it properly. Here’s how:
Find the right shade
The first thing to do to find a flattering shade of red lipstick is to determine your skin tone. This can be either cool, warm, or neutral. Cool complexions are usually pale with pink undertones and tend to burn in the sun, while warm complexions have yellow, olive and darker undertones and tend to tan easier. Most people though, have a neutral skintone where neither cool nor warm undertones prevail.
Women with a neutral skintone can usually can experiment with a wider variety of shades. Those with a cool complexion, should choose a true red, a blue based red or a pinkish red. If you have a warm complexion, instead, opt for warmer reds that are brown or orange based.
If you’re not sure what skin tone you have or need help choosing the right shade then ask at the makeup counter, they’ll be happy to help you. Make sure you test the lipstick colour before buying, but don’t try it on your hand, which is often a different shade than your face. Instead, take some colour from the side of the bullet and apply it to your lips. The best shade is the one that looks great even if you’re wearing no other makeup.
Prepare your lips
Exfoliate your lips using an old toothbrush and moisturize with balm. This will create a smooth canvas for the lippie.
Create a base
Apply a layer of foundation to your lips. Allow a few seconds to dry. Dust the lips with a layer of translucent powder. The foundation and power also help create a smooth surface for applying the lipstick, but also help to keep it from fading.
Line the lips
Lip liner is essential with red lipstick. It helps to seal the colour and prevent it from bleeding. It is also a great base for lipstick, so use it all over the lips. Use the same shade as the lipstick. Most brands sell corresponding shades, but if you don’t have a shade of liner that matches your lipstick perfectly then use a neutral one.
It’s finally time to apply your lipstick. But don’t put it on straight from the stick as red pigment is very strong and, if a bit ends up on your skin, won’t come off easily. Instead, always use a lip brush to apply it. This allows a more precise application and gives you more control. Apply lipstick to the upper lip first. Start at the center and then brush colour out towards the edges. Kiss a tissue to remove the excess and then apply a second layer. This will make the colour last longer.
– If you’ve applied a red lipstick, the rest of your makeup should be kept simple. Use a neutral eyeshadow, a few sweeps of mascara, and don’t add too much blush and eyeliner. Your skin and make up should be flawless as red lipstick can highlight any blemishes.
– If your lips are too full they can be minimized by using brown or blue reds. If your lips are too thin, use bright reds to make them look more prominent and finish with a tiny bit of gloss in the middle of the bottom lip.
– Don’t match red lipstick to your clothes and accessories. If you’re wearing red and still want to apply red lipstick then use different but complimentary shades.