The Perfect Red Lip

Many of my clients really struggle with achieving the perfect Red Lip, and I’m sure they’re not alone. Such a bold statement can be quite difficult to master, you want it to look perfect, stay all night and not get that embarrassing lipstick-on-teeth situation. I’ve popped together a few of my favourite tips for creating and keeping your lips perfect.

PREP

Now this one’s super important. Just like prepping your face for make up, you need to ensure you have a great base to start with. It’s a good idea to exfoliate your lips regularly (2-3 times per week) and before bed every night pop a swish of a decent lipbalm on to keep them hydrated. Avoid putting any lipbalm or moisturiser on just before application of colour as this can compromise the staying power.

STEP ONE

Now, all steps in this process are important, but for neatness and staying power this one is vital. Lip Liner. You’ll need to pick one in a colour similar to the lipstick you’ve chosen. (High street brands such as Rimmel and Sleek do some great lip liners for those on a budget.)

Take your lipliner, and with feather-light strokes, trace the outline of your lips. If, like me, you weren’t blessed with a luscious pout, at this step you can slightly over draw your lips. If you are going to then it’s best to just stick with either your top lip or bottom lip. Over drawing both can look fake – and not in a good way.

Then, once you’re happy with your overall shape, start to fill in your lips with your lipliner.

STEP TWO

Take your chosen lipstick and fill in your lips, using the lipliner as a guide and being careful not to go over the edges (think – work of art).

STEP THREE

Now it’s time to blot. Take a tissue and place between your lips. Close your lips onto the tissue and apply slight pressure. Remove tissue. A great tip for avoiding the dreaded lippie on teeth situation – make an ‘O’ with your mouth. Place your finger in your mouth, close your lips around it and slowly draw out. This will ensure any excess lipstick is wiped off.

Now you could just leave it as this, however, repeating steps TWO and THREE, and following with step FOUR will just ensure it lasts all day and all night.

STEP FOUR

This may seem like a slightly odd one to some of you. Transulcent powder. There’s a few ways to apply this, you can just use your ring finger, or a brush to dab a small amount of the powder over your lips. (Just like you’d use this product to set your foundation in place.) Or, you can grab a thin tissue, or layer of tissue, and place over your lips. Then take your brush with powder on it and dab over the top of your lips/the tissue.

PRODUCT IDEAS

PREP

-Carmex Tube (the cherry’s my fave!) http://www.boots.com/en/Carmex-Tube-Cherry_1014862/

-Lush Lip Scrubs https://www.lush.co.uk/products/lips

STEP ONE

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-Exaggerate-Lip-Liner_6938/

STEP TWO

MAC Russian Red http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/168/310/Products/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick/index.tmpl

STEP THREE

Any tissue will do, you can even improvise and use paper or kitchen paper if you’ve run out!

STEP FOUR

-Barbara Daley Translucent Powder http://www.tesco.com/direct/bd-trade-secrets-high-definition-finishing-powder-translucent-0/439-8752.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=439-8752

Of course, these tips aren’t exclusive to Red. You can switch it up and use this technique for almost any lip colour! See my Bright Lipsticks post for some inspiration on which colour to go for.

Now, go and fool the world into thinking you’re a movie star!

Taelor x

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