5 Tips to Help ANYONE Wear Red Lipstick!
How to Rock Red Lipcolor
There are lots of shades of lipstick and lipgloss and lip liner on the racks, and nude shimmer is a popular shade today. However, red lip colour, striking, romantic and elegantly classical, has a charm of its own. It can be very tempting to just slather on a handful of greasy red lipstick, smack your lips and convince yourself you look sexy and delicious, but it is definitely not as simple as that. Wearing red lip colour requires an awful lot of caution and skill.
Clean up your lips of any foreign particles (even peeling skin, even though that's not foreign) with cool water.Dab until just dry (rub in some lip balm if your kissers are chapped, and let sit until lips are moist and smooth).
Apply a single coat of red lip color, using medium pressure.Rub it in so that your lips look perfectly red, the colour not too faint and not too brash either. A lip brush, if you have one, will work wonders, but your fingers should do too. Just make sure you have all the creases filled in.
Survey yourself.How do you look? Are your lips too bright for your face? Do you look like a vamp? Do you look unnatural? Do you look really pretty? Do you look retro or modern? Does the red lip colour define your features? Does it make your big lips look little? Or does it make your normal lips bloat up into Angelina Jolie smoochers? Or does it bring out the pink in your cheeks? Or does it even out the difference between the colour of your skin and the colour of your lips?
- If your lips have gone huge, you need to tone them down and make them dark. Not bright,dark. So pick up the brown lip colour (or lip liner, personal choice) and just rub it on around the edges. Then grab some cotton or a tissue, and blot. You'll be left with a lovely burnt-cranberry lipstain that you will instantly fall in love with. Burnt-cranberry lip stains do amazing things to your face - they tone up your features, making them look well-defined, they bring out the colour of your eyes, the red in your cheeks, they sharpen your cheekbones, and shape up your lips. They are adorable. NOTE: You want lip STAIN, not lip LAKE, so blot away if it's looking gaudy. You do not want to look like you just made out with a cup of dirty blood.
- If the red lip colour is making your lips look a bit too teenie-tiny, then, well, pick up a tissue, and BLOT. Leave behind the slightest tint of red, and add in some pink. Rub it in. Ooh la la, strawberry girl! Who hates pink lips? Add in a little shine with some fruity, clear lipgloss or lip balm, and flaunt those candy-pinks! If you want to go subtler, blot just a little bit more, and let the spectators enjoy the new-rosebud look. You'll look amazing.
- Scarlet kissers suiting your face wonderfully? Well then, go girl! Pucker up and strike a pose! You are lucky.
- Red lips generally suit darker-skinned women, but they can look gorgeous on anybody, if applied right. White-skins can look beautiful with scarlet lips, but it takes a bit of effort to avoid looking like, well, a hooker.
- Matte generally suits burnt-cranberry better, and shine goes well with candy-pink and new-rosebud, but you can experiment and see what the reversed effect is like. :)
- Carry your two 'blending' lip colours with you in your bag, as well as lots of tissues!
- Ask someone with moderate fashion know-how to tell you how youreallylook, because we very often misjudge ourselves.
- Consider your age before you go in for ruby-red or burnt-cranberry, because stark red lips may look severely gauche on a young girl.
- What do you choose, matte or shine? Both are beaut! Just remember that shine requires a lot more care, like smudging in lip balm or lipgloss before lip color application, which means you're going to need really firm makeup that won't fade away during the day, because, unless you want sticky lips and color-smeared lipgloss/lip balm, you're not going to be able to touch-up. If you go matte, you can just apply, and blot!
- Burnt-cranberry generally requires a bit of backup makeup. Plum eyelids, mauve rouge smudge onto the cheekbones, brown eyeliner, that sort of thing. But candy-pink and new-rosebud go well with a nude face. Scarlet lips might need matching cheeks, and black eyeliner, and dark lids, to smooth the colour gaps out.
- Red lips, even toned down and pinkened, may not suit everybody, so don't be disappointed if you end up looking hideous whichever way you go. There are plenty of other lip colouring options out there!
Video: How to Wear a Dark Lip
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