The Perfect Red Lip

Bright red lips are one of the most iconic makeup looks you can create, a classic style reminiscent of old glamorous Hollywood. But it’s also one of the most difficult styles to execute properly. So many things can go terribly wrong – color feathering and making your mouth look like it’s bleeding, red stuck on your teeth, the color fading from the middle but sticking to the outer rims to make it look like you only outlined your lips but forgot to fill them in – we’ve all been there and these things happen. But to make sure you never have to go through that again, here’s a fail-proof plan to getting that red pout perfect that will stay in place and looks as gorgeous as long as you need it too.


Exfoliate –

Dry pieces of skin on your lips will stand out obnoxiously whenever you are sporting a strong color. Exfoliate with a sugar scrub (I use Love + Toast lip scrub), or just make your own by mixing equal parts sugar and Vaseline or olive oil. Rub this on your lips in a circular motion, then remove with a tissue.


Moisturize –

Follow the exfoliating process with a light balm (I love Maybelline Baby Lips in Peppermint) to further smooth and soften the lip surface. Let your lips absorb the moisture for about five minutes.


Tissue off any excess balm –

Lips that are too slick will not hold product for long and are more prone to color bleeding, so tissue off any excess balm that could potentially cause future problems.


Apply lip liner –

Lip liner isn’t just for lining anymore. Fill in all of your lips with a liner as if it were a lipstick (I’m absolutely in love with Urban Decay’s Glide-On Lip Pencil in Gash).  This will stay I place far longer than any lipstick could possibly hope to do.


Apply lip stick –

Add a light layer of lipstick over the liner for added color and staying power.


Blot with tissue –

Now here’s the critical step. Take a tissue and fold it in half, place it in your mouth and press your lips down on it. Take it out and open the fold to see a prefect red kiss mark. Now take that same tissue and roll it into a long wad and out it in your mouth as if it were a popsicle and then with a slight sucking motion pull it out of your mouth. This will remove the lipstick that would otherwise have gotten on your teeth, keeping your lips looking perfect.


Final Touch –

Now finish it all off with a light layer of lip balm for a matte finish (my favorite is Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment), or if you prefer something shiny use a gloss (like NYC Extreme Lip Glider Lip Gloss in Riverside Rouge).


And then voila! You have the perfect red lips that will stay in place longer than you ever thought possible.

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