The Perfect Red Lip

Valentines Red Lip

It's Valentines day so no better time to perfect your red lip!

It's a minefield when it comes to choosing a lipstick with all the choice we have so I have put together a few tips to help you out.

Choose your red shade

The general guidelines are:

Deeper reds work on deeper skintones
Orange reds suit olive skin
Classic reds work on paler skin.

Remember these are guidelines and it doesn’t mean you can’t wear a certain tone if you feel it looks good. You know yourself best so trust your instincts.

What about texture?

Matte textures are more of a statement but they stay a lot longer than satins. 

If you want to play it safe with a softer look go for a red gloss or tinted balm. 

 MAC 'Ruby Woo' Matte Lipstick - £17.50 

MAC 'Ruby Woo' Matte Lipstick - £17.50 

 B. 'Just a Kiss' Lip & Cheek Tint - £6.99

B. 'Just a Kiss' Lip & Cheek Tint - £6.99

Top Tip: I like to layer a liquid lip as it stays on and then get a sheen over the top with my satin lipstick. Layering products always helps the staying power.

 Sephora 'Flame Red' Liquid Lip - $14

Sephora 'Flame Red' Liquid Lip - $14

 Chanel 'Carmen' Rouge Coco - £28

Chanel 'Carmen' Rouge Coco - £28

The application

Prep your lips with a quick exfoliation first to remove any signs of chapped skin. Lip exfoliators are quite hard to find and sometimes a bit tricky to apply so I love this B. one in a lipstick bullet.

 B. Pro Lip Scrub - £4.99 

B. Pro Lip Scrub - £4.99 

Hydrate with a balm in advance of starting your makeup and remove any residue with a tissue after it's had time to soak in.

I like the Clarins lip oil to get my clients lips ready for colour. 

 Clarins 'Red Berry' Light Lip Comfort - £19

Clarins 'Red Berry' Light Lip Comfort - £19

 

Lining your lips helps you find your lip shape first, helps prevent bleeding into any fine lines and acts as a base to apply colour over. Go for a stiff pencil and not one thats too creamy as again it may run. 

 Nars 'Holy Red' Precision Lip Liner - £18

Nars 'Holy Red' Precision Lip Liner - £18

 H&M 'Simply Red' Lip Liner - £3.99

H&M 'Simply Red' Lip Liner - £3.99

Take your lip liner over the entire lip, top and bottom. The colour should be close to your lipstick of choice but doesn’t need to be exactly the same as you’ll be covering it entirely with the lipstick.

Apply two coats, blotting in between with a tissue.

Top Tip 

Mature skin should avoid anything too slippy as it will seep into fine lines outside the lip. Go for a matte first and pat a small amount of sheen in the centre of the lips avoiding the very edges to keep them feeling hydrated. 

 B. 'Firestarter' Matte Liquid Lip - £6.99

B. 'Firestarter' Matte Liquid Lip - £6.99

Finally, always check your teeth! I use the finger pop trick, its an old favourite.

Lipstick on teeth hack

Put your finger in your mouth and wrap your lips around it with tension and pull your finger out with a pop. Any lipstick on your finger was what would have gone on your teeth. Voila! Accident free zone!

And my advice, if you’re going to be doing some kissing then go for a stain to avoid it ending up all over your valentine! xx