4 Steps to the Perfect Red Lip

If you choose to go for that daring red lip color and channel your favorite starlet then you’ll want to do it right. Rocking the sultry red lip can be intimidating for some and finding the perfect shade of red lipstick can be an even more daunting task. Still the red lip is classic. It is by far the sexiest accessory you can wear and ANY woman can pull off. Let the red lip be the star of the show. The general rule of thumb is to focus on one feature such as the eyes or lips and play it up.  There are a few key techniques every woman can use to get a better application and longer wear in just 4 easy steps.

“Rouge Noir” from Julie Hewitt’s “Noir Collection” of 7 red lipsticks is the perfect red for any skin tone. $30

1. Choose the right red for your skin tone.
If your complexion is warm , then you will want to choose a red that has yellow, orange or even brownish undertones. Those with cool complexions should look for red shades with bluish or pinkish undertones. The perfect red lipstick should be complimentary to your natural skin tone.

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2. Prep your lips before application.
If your lips are peeling, you should use an lip exfoliator. It will smooth out the surface and make for a much more beautiful result. Always apply a lip balm prior to application to soften the lips. After a few minutes. Dab the excess balm from your lips with a clean, dry tissue. Using a lip primer will make the color last longer. Now you are ready to apply color.

E.L.F. Studio lipliner comes with a blending brush. Shown in “Red”. $3

3. Match your lip liner

Find a matching lip liner and line the perimeter of the lip and fill in the entire lip with the pencil. This will keep your red from feathering and create a base that will enable the color to last longer. Also if you have thinner lips you can overdraw the lip line to give the illusion of larger lips. To slim the lips draw the outline inside the natural lipline

4. Choose your desired finish then apply lipstick over base.
You can opt for a GLOSSY or MATTE finish to you lipstick look. To add more shine to a glossy lip look, dab a bit of red lip gloss or clear lip gloss at the cupid’s bow and in the center of top and bottom lip. This will also give the effect of a fuller lip. For a long lasting matte finish, dust the lips with translucent setting powder. So you don’t get powder everywhere. Sprinkle a bit of your powder on a napkin, cotton ball or cotton pad and blot your lips.

One of my personal style icons Sade, looks flawless in a sexy red lip.



Apani Smith is a professional licensed cosmetologist, avid beauty junkie, also a revered Indie Hip-Hop Icon, sleep deprived mom and foodie extraordinaire.  Get social with @apaniclassic on Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest  to book a consultation/appointment, see more original work and life imitating art. 

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