Stylish must-have #10: Red lipstick

September 24, 2015

Listen, I’m not going to pretend that red lipstick is easy to pull off, unless you’re Taylor Swift of course. It can smudge onto your face easily, and it comes off the moment you have a bite to eat or a sip of your drink. Yes, sometimes it’s a pain in the ass. However you can’t deny the Hollywood glam effect that red lipstick has on a woman. Once in a while, you need to pull out that sexy shade of red and make your pout absolutely irresistible.

It took me a while to find my perfect shade of red and to learn how to apply it correctly. Hell, I think I’m still learning. If you’ve never worn red lipstick, trust me when I say you’ll need to spend at least an hour at the cosmetics counter.

My personal favourite shades are:

  • MAC Russian Red: This is the one I wear when I want to up the sexy factor. Some swear by MAC Ruby Woo as well.
  • Dior Rouge Collection in Rouge Cannage: Ideal if you have fair skin.
  • EChanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Color in Incandescente

The art of applying red lipstick:

  • Make sure your lips are well moisturised so pucker up and apply some lip balm first. Red lipstick will only exaggerate the appearance of cracked or chapped lips.
  • Use a lip liner of the same color to draw the outer corners and the actual lips themselves. It’ll make the look last the whole evening. You can even reapply after the lipstick, just don’t overdo it please.
  • Make sure you open your mouth while applying so you don’t miss the corners.
  • If you want to pull off a bold red lip look, opt for a creamy semi-matte or a true matte finish, but make sure the formula isn’t too dry.
  • If you love the idea of red lips but can’t pull off the full look, go with a sheer lip stain, or color the lips with a red pencil over lip balm. I often do that when I go to work and I don’t want everyone wondering why I’m so glammed up for them.
  • If a matt look doesn’t suit you, apply very little clear gloss on top to give your lips that shimmery glow. That’s what I personally do because the matt look is too severe for me.
  • Blot with a tissue to finish (this will help you avoid getting the color on your teeth).
  • Don’t overdo the rest of the make up. Apply some concealer and very little blush and top it off with very black mascara. Any more and you’ll end up looking like a clown.

“There is a shade of red for every woman.”
– Audrey Hepburn

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