Want to be on trend this fall? Who doesn’t! The quickest way to get there is with a bold, red lip.
The red lip look was seen on Fall 2015 runways in numerous shows including Celine and Carolina Herrera, a crimson mouth the makeup staple worth following once again. Getting red right comes down to choosing the right red that best flatters your complexion, properly prepping your lips so the color looks pristine once it’s applied and giving your lipstick some staying power so it lasts as long as you need it to.
PICK YOUR POISON: It’s of the utmost importance to choose the right red but any hard and fast rules about finding your best red don’t hold a lot of weight. That’s because there are numerous factors that can make or break this look. It’s more than just slotting in your skin tone (fair, medium or dark) and choosing from orange-reds, blue-reds or true-reds. Besides taking your skin tone into consideration, your complexion’s various undertones, your hair color, eye color and other makeup being worn all play a role in how well a certain shade of red will look on you. The easiest way to know if something works–try it on. What are you waiting for? Get swiping!
These 3 options are worth a try:
Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave ($27) is a modern orange-red with a full-coverage payoff. It’s also formulated with conditioning, nourishing and protective ingredients.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick in Le Rouge ($36) a true blue-red beloved by many because it actually makes teeth appear whiter.
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Rebellious Red ($20) gives a true-to-tube color result in just one swipe. It’s highly pigmented (50% more than traditional lipsticks) and long-lasting making a little go a long way!
PREP THAT POUT: Before applying any red lipstick you need to start with a smooth slate. The best way to do this is to gently exfoliate your lips to shed them of any dry skin which would become extra noticeable with red. A tried and true DIY remedy is to apply a bit of petroleum jelly to your lips. Then, use a soft, perfectly clean toothbrush to gently scrub your lips or use an exfoliating lip product specifically designed for this purpose instead.
Philosophy Lip Polishing Sugar Scrub in Iced Mint Lemonade ($15) easily and deliciously removes flakiness. A mixture of sugar and natural emollients leave lips soft, smooth and prepped.
LAYER TO LAST: For staying power, you need to layer your lipstick. Your first layer should be a lip stain. You can buy one and apply as is or use your same red lipstick as a stain first. Simply apply a little bit to your lips and use your fingertip to blend it out adding more layers if necessary. Then, add your lipstick on top. Finish with a touch of translucent powder on top to set.