Holiday party this…work function that. We are in the home stretch of the “season’s greetings,” my beauty friends! While the smokey eye is a lot of fun to rock out during the “season,” sometimes it is a subtle eye – with a striking RED LIP – that really “wows” the crowd!
Mastering a red lip can take time and dedication, but I promise once you get the hang of it, you will not hesitate the next time you want to look gorgeous in a short amount of time.
Here is what I think works best to ensure a clean, precise, and “en pointe” red lip.
Make sure your lips are clean, exfoliated, and moisturized from the night before.
Line your lips and FILL IN THE ENTIRE LIP with a RED LIP LINER…My favorite for the moment is NYX, “Ruby” Waterproof Mechanical Lip Pencil.
Outline the liner with Glow Minerals’ Glo Lip Filler Pencil. This is your barrier protector, and will make sure your lipstick and liner do not feather. I apply this AFTER the lip liner, as it is best to create the barrier protection after your outline is defined.
Apply your red lipstick! I start my application straight from the tube, and apply on the top lip, then put my lips together, and use a brush to fill in the rest. It is best to create a stain (blot, apply, blot, apply) but if you don’t have the time or the patience, just make sure you keep your lipstick on you for touch ups! My favourite red is the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Number 1 “Le Rouge” in Blood Red.
Grab a Flat Concealer Brush and outline outside your lips with your favorite concealer for that crisp “magazine” airbrushed look. Make sure to blend out and away from the lips onto your face, so you don’t get a “white line” look.
I used the Make Up Forever Concealer Kit.
Voila! You’re done! Some people actually press a tissue to their lips and powder on top for extra longevity…I do not do this step as by this point I’m ready to head out of the door! It seems like a lot of steps, however, when you’re working it out, it shouldn’t take more than about 5 minutes.
I love to partner this look with a super clean eye lid, classic liner, lots of lashes, and a hint of sparkle.
SO BE BOLD for these last few weeks, and let me know how it goes for you! In the meantime, I’ll be leaving little red lip marks on every cup from which I drink!
Happy Holidays, and Happy RED LIPS!
Love and Beauty,