3 Steps to the Perfect Red Lip

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:

  • The Perfect Red Lip 1 of 11

    Click through for my favorite lip moisturizers, primers, liners, and universal shades of red for the perfect red lip.

  • NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil, $25 2 of 11

    The convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-size crayon design. Instantly coats lips with rich pigment, imparting a velvet matte finish for seamless color. Get it here.

  • No7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care, $8.39 3 of 11
    No7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care

    Boosts moisture for 24 hours, leaving softer and healthier lips, smoothing away roughness. Get it here.

  • MAC Viva Glam Lipstick, $15 4 of 11
    MAC Viva Glam

    My personal favorite, M·A·C introduced Viva Glam in 1994, an outspoken deep red that was universal in its appeal and its glamour. See it on me here and hereGet it here.

  • 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil, $19 5 of 11
    Urban Decay

    Get primed and ready for action. Our long-lasting, waterproof liner glides on smoothly to prime AND define—for long-lasting lip color and clean lines. Get it here.

  • e.l.f. Studio Lip Primer & Plumper, $3 6 of 11

    The Primer creates a base for lip color for no budge, no smudge pigment that lasts all day. The cinnamon scented Plumper enhances your lips with a subtle plumping tingle effect for fuller, larger looking lips. Get it here.

  • No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick Love Red, $9.99 7 of 11
    No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick Love Red

    Designed to stay in place for up to 8 hours, giving an intense color-rich finish in just one coat. Get it here

  • Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer, $19 8 of 11

    A lip primer that locks down lip color and prevents fading, bleeding, and creasing. Get it here.

  • CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipstick in Hot, $5 9 of 11

    Enriched with a silk moisturizing complex, this formula helps sustain moisture levels and helps create soft, smooth, beautiful lips. Get it here.

  • No7 Precision Lip Pencil, $6.99 10 of 11
    No7 Precision Lip Pencil Nude

    A favorite of Keira Knightly, this lip pencil keeps lipstick from feathering and glides on easily. Get it here.

  • Chanel Rouge Allure in Passion, $36 11 of 11

    Chanel's been in the red lipstick game since the 20's making it a universal favorite. Get it here.


What’s your favorite red lipstick?

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