There's something about red lipstick that just radiates sophistication. Today I'm showcasing the products I use to help me achieve this brilliant bright red lip.
Rockin' red lips can be tricky and can be quite daunting if you've never tried this trend before. With the right stuff and a few tricks it is pretty easy to pull off.
When going after red lips the first thing you should do is use any remaining foundation on your brush and lightly coat bare lips so that there is just a hint of nude. Many people suggest using a liner with red lips but I have found with the above products I do not have a problem with bleeding or feathering in the fine lines around my mouth. The first product I apply is the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in color Beso. This stuff is amazing! It's highly pigmented so you do have to be careful about where you apply it. It dries quickly so keep makeup remover and q-tips on hand for any touch ups around the edges. I fill in the entire lips with this and allow it to dry for a few minutes before adding the other colors. Because this color is quite bright I opt to next use a deep, dark red from BHCosmetics Creme Luxe Lipstick in Red Truffle. I again apply to the full lip and leave a thin edge for the Stila to peek through.
At this step I blot any excess on a tissue. In order to liven up the lip I now take a color that is in between shades of the first 2 with Duwop in color Private Red (I received this sample a LONG time ago and I do not know if it is still available). Again apply to full lip leaving a bit more edge around the lips. Use a lip brush to blend the edges and smooth the transition of colors. The final step to tie them all together is take a nude lip color, here I've used J.Cats Fantabulous Lipstick in color Honeycrisp, and apply it just in the center if your lips. Use a lip brush to feather the color to the outer corners of your lips making sure the rich red shades are perfectly ombré creating a more voluptuous lip.
Here you can see the lightness in the center from the Honeycrisp, and the reds just blend so nicely. The best look with red lips is a neutral eye with a bold black cat eye liner.
Both of the above are taken with flash from my phone camera and 6 hours after initial application with no touch ups! In order to make the color last I always make sure to use straws while drinking and take small bites with a fork to avoid rubbing off the color.
Definitely a thumbs up for beautiful bold lips! With the right products and a few simple steps any one could rock the red lip.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I'd love to hear comments and suggestions for future posts!
Be on the lookout for some DIY projects coming soon.