Whether it’s a glamourous evening event, a classy cocktail party or a fabulous wedding, you can’t go wrong with a statement red lippie that demands attention. The best thing with red lips is that they alone can carry your whole look. Minimalist makeup with strong red lips can bring out class and sophistication in us all.
Here are my tips on how to pick your perfect partner in crime.
PREP – Always start off with a generous helping of lip primer. Yes, you heard right! Lip primers are ideal for super smoothing your lips as well as ensuring there is no fade or transfer from your lippie to your clothing. It also prevents flaking and bleeding of your favourite colour. We would recommend MAC Prep & Prime as our fave, but equally good is NYX Lip Primer, MAKEUP FORVER Eye and Lip Primer.
LINE – If you’re going for bold lips, create a silhouette of your lips with a lip pencil that is similar to your lippie shade. This will stop the colour ‘bleeding’ and make application easy. And, with careful outlining, you can even contour your lips slightly to make them appear smaller or fuller by tracing the upper and outer edge, to create the illusion of a fuller pout. Try Huda Beauty’s Lip Contourwhich comes in an array of hues to match your chosen lipstick shade or Urban Decays Long Lasting Lip Liners
TONE – Now comes the tricky part – finding your perfect red shade! Choosing your perfect red should be a perfect marriage to your skin tone.
If you are fair toned, think Aishwarya Rai or Taylor Swift, you should opt for glossy bright red shades such as Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick or a velvet MAC Ruby Woo
If you are olive or medium toned, think Priyanka Chopra or Jennifer Lopez, opt for brick red shades that’s intense and is an easy shade for all olive skins to carry off. Try Illamasqua Lipstick in Maneater or MAC Marrakesh, an intense orange-brown matte red.
If you are a dusky bronze tone, think Deepika Padukone, opt for deeper reds that are blue based and give you a seductive and alluring look. Try MAC Ruby Woo or Lime Crime’s Velvetine.
GLOSS OR MATT?
There is no right or wrong when it comes to texture and finish – it really depends on you. With my brides, I tend to use matt colours as they have a much longer lasting power. With my models and party clients, I use glossy or semi matt finish lipsticks as they make the lips appear more plump.
I hope I have helped you to find your perfect red! If you are still unsure or need further advice, remember we offer 121 self-grooming sessions so you too can perfect your makeup artistry. We can help you with things such as choosing the right colours for your tone or help you with general makeup techniques. We also run 121 professional intensive bridal courses.
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Written by Anita Pillai – Director and Lead Makeup Artist