How to Wear Red Lipstick

Monday, 9 November 2015

For over 10 years I wore the same shade of brown lip-gloss called ‘Spite’ from Mac.  I loved it, I felt safe when I wore it and I liked looking like I didn’t have much make-up on.  A year ago when I started working in London, I saw a lot of ladies wearing red lipstick, unlike the mummy folk in the countryside. I would have never imagined wearing red lipstick in the past.  I also thought my complexion was too dark to wear it, but one day I thought “What the heck” and went for it.  Nowadays, its pretty normal to see me on the school run at 8.30am in bright red lipstick (with nowhere else to go after that).

Here are some tips on wearing red lipstick

Give it a try before you buy
Go to a reputable make-up counter and tell the professional make-up artist that you would like to try some red lipsticks to see what shade is best for your skin.  Don’t be surprised if you don’t like it at first.  I hated it initially and I thought I looked like a crazy women.  You don’t have to buy when you try, visit the make-up counter often and see if you get used to it. 

Make sure your lips are in good condition
Red lipstick, especially matte, will highlight dry flaky lips, so make sure you remove dry dead skin with a scrub and moisturise your lips as much as possible.  You could also use a soft toothbrush to gently brush away dead skin on your lips. Don’t forget to moisturise your lips afterwards with a lip balm of your choice.

Use a lip liner
To ensure your red lipstick is defined and doesn’t smudge over your lips, use a lip liner first.  Draw on the outline of your lips and then fill the rest of your lips with lipstick. Try not to rub your lips together afterwards just in case you get lipstick above or bellow your lips.

Consider using a lip brush to apply your lipstick
If you would prefer a more precise application, invest in a lip brush and paint your lips.  Whether you use a brush or go straight from the tube, slightly pucker your lips so you expose the centre of your lips that also needs lipstick.

Remove any excess lipstick.
To prevent lipstick getting on your teeth place a tissue between your lips and press your lips together gently.  You can also place your index finger in your mouth and close in on it gently and then move it around.  This will lift any excess lipstick.
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