You don’t have to hire Taylor Swift’s makeup artist to achieve the perfect red lip. With a few products, and the right technique, mastering the romantic red lip can be done within the confines of your own home.
Step 1: The key to achieving any bold lip is to hydrate your lips. Cracked and peeling lips will make your lipstick bleed and look uneven. At The Beauty Bean, we recommend using Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($6.29), an inexpensive petroleum based treatment that can be found at any drugstore. A higher-end product that also does wonders is M.A.C’s lip conditioner ($13.50), but make sure you go for the clear version and not a tinted conditioner. After leaving the conditioner on your lips for no long than five minutes, wipe the product off with a tissue.
Step 2: To get a long lasting lip apply a red lip liner over your entire lips. Find a shade that will complement the lipstick you are using. We love L’Oreal Riche liner in Always Red ($8.48).
Step 3: Apply a red lipstick. Check out our Rock Red Lips article to find the shade of red that will suit your skin tone.
Step 4: To ensure that your red lip will not bleed take an angled brush, such as one that you would use to line your eyes, and dip the brush into any compact powder that you may have and trace it below your lip line. (Tip: if you went a little overboard with the powder or if the shade was off and you now look like you have compact powder mustache, no worries: just take a blending brush and buff in.)
Step 5: If you prefer matte red lips, then your finished. If you feel, however, that your lip still needs to be cranked up one notch add a gloss on top. A clear or dark pink lip-gloss will make your lips pop. We recommend Cover Girl’s WetSlicks Fruit Spritzers in Watermelon Splash ($5.49). Not only is it the perfect complement to the red lip, but also it smells wonderful.
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