Nothing perks me up more than a red lip. As someone who barely wore lipstick a year ago, I’ve adapted quite well to wearing a red lip. It may be because I found a shade that flattered my skin pretty early on. If you want to get the perfect matte red lip (I think there’s a red shade for every skin tone), these tips to prep may prove very useful.
- PREP: You need super-soft (read: not chapped) lips for the perfect red lip. I love to dab on some lip balm and exfoliate my lips with an old toothbrush. However, feel free to use a warm and damp washcloth to do the job. Then, apply some lip balm again and blot it gently to create a shine-free surface.
- DEFINE: With a creamy pencil that matches the natural color of your lips, line the borders of your lips. This prevents any bleeding of the red lip color.
- COLOR: Either with a lip brush or straight from the tube, apply lipstick to the center of your bottom lip, and purse lips together. With a lip brush, fill in the remainder of your lips. For a stained (that is, matte), rub the color into your lips with your finger from side to side until it’s uniform. Finally, reapply the red lipstick, and then gently press a tissue on lips to give them a nice matte finish. Cheers!