A red lip is ALWAYS on trend no matter what the season or latest makeup buzz. I love red lips for summer since the bold color goes perfectly with warm weather hues like jewel tones, whites, and my favorite, turquoise. A go-to red lipstick is definitely a beauty product that every woman should have in her beauty bag!
The keys to a perfect red pout are simple but require more than just puckering up:
STEP 1: Make sure your lips are hydrated! Cracked and peeling lips will make your lipstick bleed and look uneven. Dry lips are also a sign that you’re dehydrated so be sure to drink plenty of water and apply lip moisturizer or balm to maintain healthy skin. To get a long lasting finish, apply a primer, which can also help smooth out the lips.
STEP 2: Apply a red lip liner. If you’re not using a primer, apply liner over your entire lips. Liner helps control the flow of color to the defined lip area and prevents feathering. Just be sure to choose a lip liner shade in nude or one that will compliment the lipstick you are using!
STEP 3: Apply a red lipstick that works well with your skin tone. Finding the right shade can be a bit of trial and error (fun too!) but there are a few rules of thumb: Blue-based reds (cool) typically pair better with pale to medium skin tones and orange-based reds (warm) with olive and dark tones. There are universal reds that strike a good balance but they sway towards cool and tend to be deeper in color.
Click through for my favorite lip moisturizers, primers, liners, and universal shades of red to help achieve the perfect red lip:
What’s your favorite red lipstick?
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