A red lip has always been a classic look, but now with The Great Gatsby in theatres wearing the crimson colour is one of the hottest looks of the season. Here are five of the scarlet shades to consider adding to your makeup collection (and the tips you’ll need to pull off this bold lip colour)…
MAC Cosmetics Ruby Woo
A vivid, matte finish, cool-toned red that is universally flattering.
Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge
A warm, classic creamy red.
Cover Girl Flame
A bright creamy red with coral tones.
Make Up For Ever #37
A vivid, creamy cherry red.
A creamy soft, pinky-red.
Now, for the rules to rockin’ the rouge…
Prep your lips. When you’re wearing a colour that draws attention to your lips, you want to make sure they’re well moisturized. Using some lip balm and a towel or soft toothbrush, lightly buff away any dry skin from your lips and apply a bit of balm.
Keep the lipstick where it should be. To help prevent your lipstick from bleeding (which becomes very obvious when wearing such a bold colour), line and fill in your lips with a pencil in a red hue (this will help prolong your lipstick’s staying power, too). If you’re afraid of your lipstick looking too harsh and drawn on by wearing lip liner, look to clear lip liners that help keep your lipstick in place, such as No Bleeding Lips.
For the most precise application, use a lip brush. Yes, it will take more time but it can help your colour last a little longer as you’re brushing it carefully onto your pout rather than swiping it quickly across your lips straight from the tube.
Find your right red. What looks great on your bestie will not look the same on you, so don’t run out and copy her signature red lip colour. Look to the inside of your wrist. If you have a warm skin tone with red and orange undertones, then snatch a lipstick with warm tones; if your skin is more cool in tone, reds with blue undertones will work better on you.
Make your lip colour last longer. Rocking a red lip calls for time investment on your part. Apply with a brush (see above) and blot with a tissue. Dust with some translucent powder and then reapply your colour. This doesn’t mean it’ll last you through that burger you eat at lunch, but it will add to its staying power… at least somewhat.