Talk of the perfect red lip will definitely increase around the time of Valentine’s Day. Doing it the Parisiennes way means that you go bare-faced, with air-dried hair and the perfect red pout. Little else is needed. Perhaps you do not have to go completely bare-faced or to actually leave your hair wind-blown, but you definitely need a red lip on Valentine’s Day. If you’re the type of person who shies away from red lipstick here are a few tips to help you master the red lip as if you were naturally born with it.
1 || Lipliners Are Your Friends
Always start with a red liner, and color in the whole lip for added staying power. Aim to find a shade that matches your lipstick but it’s not a must.
2 || Match It To Your Coloring
Skintone plays a major role in determining the red lipstick shade to choose. Blue-red lipsticks like the one by Guerlain look great on people with cool skin tones, and they actually make the teeth appear whiter, whereas orange-reds like the one from Pat McGrath look great with a tan. A simple test to help you determine your coloring is to look inside your wrists; if you have blue veins you’re cool toned while green-veined people are warm.
3 || Daytime Vs. Nighttime
This one’s probably a no-brainer but we all need the reminder. If you’re wearing your red lip during the day keep the rest of the face simple and toned down. Aim to apply a sheer or a softer shade of red for the day. For nights out you can get away with a deep matte red, smokey eyes, or a winged liner, actually you can get away with almost anything.
4 || Take In Your Whole Look
When wearing red lips you need to asses your whole look. The color of your outfit, your accessories and how you do your hair. Traditionally, a red lip works great with an all-black outfit, a crisp white shirt, or a red outfit. However, it is better to experiment and to clash your red lip with other colors; think purple or green for example.
5 || Thin Lips
If you have thin lips avoid deep reds as they tend to make your lips look even smaller.
6 || Choose The Right Red
Before buying your next red lipstick make sure to try it on… for hours. Lipstick tends to change color on your lips for a number of reasons. Your skin’s pH might effect it, or your may have very pigmented lips. However, if you’re stuck with a red you don’t quite like don’t throw it out just yet; top it with gold gloss to warm it or add pink lipstick or gloss to make it more blue. The below picks are universally flattering and you can’t go wrong.
7 || Texture
For those still reluctant to wear a deep matte red number, a sheer texture feels less of a commitment. A sheer red is also a great way of wearing daytime red lipstick. You can also minimise the effect of a red lip by applying lip balm first and then dabbing the color on your lips using your fingers for a blurred or a stained effect.
8 || Prevent Bleeding
Apply a little concealer around the border of your lips to prevent your lipstick from bleeding.
9 || Blush & Bronzer
Confused as to which blushes work best with red lipsticks? Yes it could get slightly confusing. As a general rule, the red lip overpowers everything; but if you need some blush aim to add a soft pink which would give you a slight flush that will not compete with your lipstick. As for bronzers; choose matte and not shimmery when pairing with red lips.
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