How To Wear: Red Lipstick

A simple swipe of classic red lipstick can completely transform your look- it’s the little black dress of the makeup world, making you feel and appear like you’re oozing with confidence. So whether you’re a red lipstick first-timer or a seasoned professional; our tips will help you to perfect your pout and turn heads.

Red Lipstick

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Sara Sampaio
‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ premiere, 70th Cannes Film Festival, France – 22 May 2017

It’s All About The Preparation

Red lipstick takes a little bit of preparation to ensure a flawless, long-lasting application- the last thing you want to do is apply a gorgeous crimson lipstick to dry, flaky lips. Start of by buffing away the dead skin from your lips using a sugar scrub. Using a dry toothbrush for this step can maximize the level of exfoliation for truly soft, supple lips. Apply a thin layer of lip balm to nourish and hydrate your lips.

Choose The Right Shade

Choosing the right shade of red for you is imperative for pulling off a daring red lipstick. If you’ve got cool toned skin, opt for a blue-based lipstick. If you’ve got a warmer skin tone then opt for a red lipstick with orange undertones to help you find your perfect shade of lipstick and lip liner.

Line Your Lips

To maximize your red lipstick’s staying power and prevent it from bleeding outside your lips, it’s essential to use a lip liner. Not only will this make your red lipstick more long-wearing, it also helps you to create the perfect shape and define your lips. Jane Iredale’s lip pencil in crimson is made with oils and waxes which help the pencil to seamlessly glide onto your lips, as well as conditioning the lips to keep them soft and supple.

It’s Not All About The Lips

You need to carefully consider the rest of your make up when you’re wearing a red lipstick. Try to keep the rest of your make up fairly neutral so that you don’t detract attention away from your perfect pout. A pop of color on the cheeks and some simple eyeshadow and lashings of mascara will give you a gorgeous, sultry edge.

SkinStore’s Favorite Red Lipsticks:

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick boasts an incredibly long-wearing color that infuses the lips with moisture to keep them soft, supple and hydrated for up to 12 hours. The blend of vitamins and shea butter will protect and soothe the lips for a gorgeous pout that lasts all day.

Illamasqua Liquid Lip Lure

Illamasqua’s Liquid Lip Lure in Box adds a gorgeous, long-lasting color to your pout. The highly pigmented liquid lipstick effortlessly glides over the lips with an enviable high-shine finish.




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