Blog Hunter: How to ge the perfect red lip with Amy Harper
How to get perfect red lips:
Nothing makes me cringe more than bad red lips. Smeared, tooth smudged, uneven red lips. It’s like my visual
equivalent of nails on a chalk board.
I love red lips. Love. They’ve been iconic for forever. But if they’re not done right, they’re no good.
So let’s break down the science of the red lip. Undertone, texture, and application.
Anyone can wear red lipstick no matter your make-up skill level AND skin colouring. I cannot tell you how many times a woman will say ‘I’d love to wear red, but I can’t with my skintone.’ Stop it. There are a zillion shades of reds out there like crimson, wine, blood, orange red. These shades all have the same base but have a variety of tints or tones like blues, browns, burgundy and oranges.
(Going into a red for each skin tone is pretty specific…so feel free to email or get me on twitter if you have specific questions!)
They come in a variety of textures as well…but let’s work with my favourite one, matte.
Why matte? Red pigment is super tiny, so it tends to move alot. You may have noticed that when you wear red lips it bleeds and feathers into the tiny lines around your mouth. That’s why I like matte red lips. You don’t have to think about them…once they’re on, they’re on. I love how a glossy red lip looks, but it’s honestly a giant pain in the ass and ends up on your teeth, glass, face, boyfriend, etc.
My all time favourite matte red lipstick that is fairly universally flattering is Russian Red by Mac. Worn by Dita von Teese and Madonna, it’s a classic. I can almost guarantee that anyone who tries it will fall in love.
Now let’s talk application. Here’s a step by step on how to get flawless red lips that won’t budge.
1. Apply your lipstick first. Not liner. I know that alot of makeup artists say to apply liner first, but I find it way more difficult to try and freehand your lips without some sort of base. So just throw your lipstick on. It’ll look messy (mine in the picture below are super sloppy), but we’ll worry about that later.
2. NOW add the liner. Use it not to draw your lips on, but more to perfect the outline of the work you’ve already done. If you’ve ever found that getting perfect, symmetrical lips was tricky before, it’s way more fool proof this way because you’re just sharpening the lines that already existed with the lipstick.
3. Use makeup remover on a q-tip to get rid of any ‘fuzzy edges’. And now that your lips are perfect, we want them to stay that way no matter what you get up to. Grab a tissue and separate it to make it super thin. Hold this over your lips and blot, then use some translucent powder and brush it over the tissue that’s over your lips. This not only blots any excess moisture from your lips that could cause the colour to smudge, but the powder adds an extra matte finish that makes your
lips smudge proof.
And voila! You’re done.
Here are some extra tips to make sure your face lives up to your lips:
1. No matter how perfect your skin is, wear at least a little cover up with the red lips. The red will bring out any redness in your skin, so use a little concealer around your nose and any other flushed areas to create a perfect backdrop for your lips.
2. Blush! 9 times out of 10, a little blush balances your face if you’re wearing a bold lip. Without a pinky blush, your red lips can over power your face and make you look washed out. It’s amazing how balancing the colour can make the lips almost look more natural.
3. Remember…red is red. There is no natural red…or it would be pink. Be bold and be brave…if you find the red to be a bit ‘much’ at first, wear it for an hour to get comfortable seeing yourself in such a statement colour before writing it off.
Questions about finding the perfect red for your skintone? Ask me on twitter @AmyWithAWhy !