How to do the perfect red lip in 5 easy steps
One of my favourite colours to wear on lips is red! I love it but it is quite high maintenance. If you’re out or you’re working (I’m a teacher), you don’t have time to check yourself in the mirror every 10 minutes to check if your lipstick is bleeding or if it needs topping up. So here are my 5 easy steps to create the perfect red lip
You will need the following:
-Make up remover and a cotton bud
-A red lip liner in a similar shade to the lipstick you’re going to use –here
- a lip brush
-Red lipstick of your choice
-Concealer / matte flesh colour pencil / white pencil
Step 1: Line your lips
This will stop the lipstick from bleeding. Make sure the lipliner is of a similar tone to the your lipstick. Here I used Cherry by MAC which is blue toned/cool toned, and my lipstick also has blue undertones. When I did the Pixiwoo make-up course, lip lining was the bit I struggled with the most, especially on other people. The key is not to do it in small strokes but to actually line the lips in as few strokes as possible. If you’re doing someone else’s make up, rest their chin on your other hand. As tempting as it is to draw outside the lips, I think it is better to stick to your natural lip line.
Step 2: Colour in your lips
This will ensure that your lipstick lasts for longer. It will also make sure that when your lipstick fades, it will do so evenly and leave a stain rather than just the outline.
Step 3: Smooth out the edges
Wet a cotton bud with some make up remover and gently go round the edges of the lipliner to make the shape more even and to remove any smudges. If you try and do this with water, you’ll only smear/smudge more.Step 4: Apply lipstick
Because you want your red lips to be very opaque, using a brush to apply the colour works better than applying straight from the bullet. It also gives you greater control. Make sure you apply it right into the corners of your mouth too. Here I used M.A.C Red which is a very easy to apply, very bright blue toned red. As a rule of thumb, blue/cool toned reds tend to make teeth appear whiter. Definitely a bonus for me!!
Step 5 : Make your lips stand out
This step is optional but a good tip I picked up on the Pixiwoo make up course is to use a bit of concealer/ white pencil all around the lips to make the red pop! You blend it into your skin, although you have to be careful not to smudge the edges of your lips. You can also apply a little bit of highlighter just above your Cupid’s bow.
I hope this was useful! Thank you very much to Charli for letting me post on her blog
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