Red lips are hard to get right.
Seriously, if I were to pick the two hardest makeup trends to pull off perfectly, red lips would be #2. (#1 would be the cat eye, which, to be totally honest, I still haven’t fully mastered, because it is really hard!)
But oh… that perfect red pout is just so pretty. I can never resist giving it a try.
So, if you’re struggling, here are a few little tips I’ve learned throughout my many, many attempts:
Pick the Right Shade:
Go to a makeup counter. Try on a dozen red lipsticks, then come back. Are you done? Ok, then go back and try on a dozen more. I can wear basically any shade of pink, but 99.9% of the red lipsticks I try on look terrible. For me, the best shades are light, bright and almost pink-ish, but there’s no substitute for trying a bunch of different shades and picking the one that’s right for you. (The silver lining? Once you have one you like, you’ll have your shade forever!)
Slow and Steady:
Red lipstick is not something you want to get all over your face. When applying, brace your hand on a countertop or against the mirror to prevent shaking (I use this trick for eyeliner too)! You don’t need to use a lipliner, but be sure to clean up any mistakes with a Q-Tip!
Keep It Simple:
You know the obvious advice — don’t play up your eyes if you’re playing up your lips! Sure, stay away from the smokey eye, but remember to also keep your nails and accessories minimal! A red lip is beautiful in its simplicity, and it pairs well with nude or blush tones for your eyes, blush and manicure.
And, of course, be sure your skin is fresh and smooth! A red lip draws tons of attention to your skin, so be sure you’re moisturized and luminous when you’re trying out this look!
Products: Clarins Rouge Eclat/Pink Fuschia; Q-Tips Precision Tips.