Red lips are in! You see them everywhere: people will wear red lips casually or out to a nice dinner. Whatever the occasion, red is the craze. I have noticed, however, that many girls don’t know how to properly apply red lipstick, which leads to smudged color and “feathering” (when the color seems to bleed out onto the skin surrounding the lips, ruining the crisp line that you want) around the lips. I’m here to give you a step-by-step of how I apply red lipstick.
Step 1: Foundation & Prime
If you want your color to stand out, you’ll want to use a liquid foundation (preferably the one you use on your face) to cover your lips. This will take away any natural color in your lips so that the red will pop. If you plan on wearing it all day, I’d suggest using a lip primer on your lips which will help the color stay. My favorite liner is by Mary Kay.
Step 2: LINE YOUR LIPS, DAMNIT
This is the most crucial step. Line your lips and fill your lips in with a pencil liner. Find a lip liner that is close to the shade of lipstick you will be using and line around your lips. Make sure this forms a nice, crisp line and then color in your lips with the pencil. If you do this, not only will it prevent feathering, but it will also help keep your lip color from fading as quickly.
Step 3: Apply the lipstick!
Now, you’re going to want to apply the lipstick. I would suggest using a lip brush instead of applying it directly from the tube. (I bought my Maybelline lip brush off of Amazon for a couple of bucks.) This will improve accuracy and shading. I only apply my lipstick from the tube after I have finished filling it in with the brush and, even then, I only focus on the center of my lips for a more vivid color. Finish by blotting your lips 2-3 times on a tissue.
Things to remember:
1. Red lipstick is super high maintenance, so be prepared to have to touch up your lips hourly.
2. When wearing such a bold color on your lips, play down the rest of your makeup so that it doesn’t look like too much.
3. Red lipstick also brings out the yellow in your teeth, so make sure your teeth are in good shape.
4. Some skin tones do not go well with certain (undertones of) red lipsticks. Watch this YouTube video for more information.
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