As with every Autumn/Winter season, now is the time for the lip. Lots more of my bridal clients go for Red for their winter & Christmas weddings, and nothing beats a glamorous dark lip – like an amazing pair of heels, it can add wow factor in minutes. Women often say to me that they can’t find a red to suit, but I honestly believe everyone can wear red – to do so requires confidence above all else. It is a statement, and does take some getting used to once on, but I’ve very much of the mind set, that if you are going to go for it, then go for it – so “Red Red” is for me the only way to go. There are a few steps which will help you with perfect application, so here are my top tips.
1. Begin by prepping the lips with a scrub or exfoliator to remove any dry patches or flaky skin. I love Lush Lip Scrubs, which contain coarse sugar granules in some fabulous smelling balms which really soften the lips. Matte colours in particular will show up texture so make sure you remove as much dry skin as you can – or prevent it in the first place by using plenty of Dr Lipp or Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, especially as the weather turns colder and heating goes up. Make sure you remove excess product with a tissue – don’t leave lots of balm on the lips or the surface becomes too slippery for the lipstick to truly grab.
2. Line your lips with a colour either as close to the lipstick as possible or maybe a tiny bit darker – I like to do this just give a very subtle ombre effect. Make sure the point of your liner is as sharp as possible to get the most accurate line. If you don’t have a lipliner to hand, try using a thin angled brush and use your lipstick to line. A pencil is best however as it will give you a sharp outline and has the right texture to prevent bleed. I often go over the whole lip with the pencil as building up layers will help lipstick to last longer. Here I’ve used Mac Red.
3. Either fill in the liner or go over the top of your lips with your chosen lipstick. I really love the liquid lipsticks at the moment – these provide amazing pigment, very long lasting matte lipcolour and are liquid so you can get a super sharp edge. These come with doe foot applicators which move with the curves of your lips and make it easy to acquire a good shape. I love Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet, Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lips in Bloodline, La Splash Lip Couture in Poison Apple (shown in photos) and MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer Atomic (£3!) – these are all blue toned “true” reds, but if you prefer to go for a vampy red try Mac lipstick Diva, or for a more orange/coral tone try Mac Lady Danger.
4. Correct and perfect with a concealer – I use Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer (my fave for almost everything!) with a clean lip brush to correct any imperfections on the outer edge and really give a super crisp lip line. Make sure you blend it out so you can’t see it once you are finished, and it will also ensure your colour stays put and doesn’t bleed.
5. Line again – I always line after lipstick too – this just adds another layer of product and again really gives you a perfect finish.
6. If you’d like to set, you can use a sealant like LipCote – to be honest, I find with the above steps that’s usually enough for at least 6 hours of perfect wear without, but there’s no harm in applying it if you have it! You’ll need a waterproof eye makeup remover or a specific eye and lip remover to take it off, don’t forget, or your likely to see a little staining the next day too!
Let me know what red lip is your signature red, and if there’s any I need to try!