4.16.2013

Reader Request Week: How to Wear Red Lips


Hi! This week I'm posting YOUR requests, in honor of my 3rd blogiversary. Enjoy!

There's just something so classic about a red lip. But it seems so intimidating to apply or to pull off. Today I'll show you it really is easy to wear a red lip. Just use the steps below:

1--Choose your product.
stains, glosses

Stains--These are the easiest to apply for that just-bitten, natural looking red. These can be dotted on the lips and rubbed in with a finger and the color is buildable. Plus, lip stains can be used for cheeks, too, making them a good value. The staying power depends on how much stain you apply.

lip balm stain, lip butters

Lipgloss and lip balm stains--These are also easy to apply, and can be applied to bare lips or over lipstick. The color payoff depends on the brand.

blue-based red is better for medium/darker skin tones, orange-based is better for fair skin

Lipstick--This is the one I'm focusing on for this post. Red lipstick can be matte or shiny. There are blue-based reds, orange-based, and "true" reds. I say to pick out a couple and see what shade looks best on you. Usually these can be returned to the store with a receipt (check beforehand). In general, blue-based reds are far too intense for fair skin. Orange-based reds tend to pop. I usually wear darker reds (wearing left lipstick as shown).


2--Exfoliate and moisturize
This step is crucial before applying any lipstick. I'm using the $3 lip exfoliator from ELF, but I make my own lip exfoliator. Then apply a lip balm and allow it to soak in for a minute.


3--Apply a base
Wipe off extra lip balm and apply a drop of creamy foundation or concealer. I use this as a "primer" to make sure my lipstick lasts.


4--Use matching lip liner
Outline lips and lightly fill them in with a matching lip liner.


5--Apply lipstick
I don't suggest applying red lipstick like you would Chapstick. Either use a lip brush to apply the color or dab the lipstick onto lips, gently pressing lips and then blending with your pinkie finger. A clear or matching red lip gloss can be applied, if that look is desired.


6--Clean up
Once you have the color how you'd like, it's time to clean up. Using a concealer or "everything" pencil, like this one from Studio Gear Cosmetics, outline outside of the lip to clean it up. This really makes the difference and helps with bleeding lipstick.


7--Blot and set
The easiest way to ruin a red lip is when it travels to teeth. Blotting will help stop this. Also, dust some translucent powder onto a tissue and blot lips with it to set the lipstick.

8--Eyes
With red lips, the rest of your makeup should be minimal (no red blush!!!). However, the eyes need to balance out the red lips. I use lots of mascara and a slight winged liner.


What's your favorite red lip product?



20 comments:

  1. This is a great tutorial! I always wonder how to wear red lips! This looks great!

    xx
    That Sassy Girl
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  2. Wonderful tutorial! My favourite shade of red is Revlon's True red, but I don't think it's available now. I tried wearing red lips, but eventually found that I prefer a slightly tonned down red, sort of like cherry mixed with strawberry. :)
    x

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  3. i love the idea of that exfoliator stick from elf! had no idea they had such a thing!

    [oomph.]
    mobile morsels

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  4. This colour looks really good on you, Elle. My fave is a cheap one from NYC but I can't remember the name right now.

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  5. I was so intimidated by red lips at first, but now I love wearing red lipstick! I need to try a lip exfoliator like the one you mentioned.

    star-crossed smile

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  6. I love a red lip! Great how-to. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  7. I didn't know that ELF had a lip exfoliator! Thanks for that tip!

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  8. I adore red lips! It's my "signature" color :) I agree on finding the perfect shade for you - not all red lipsticks are created equal!

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  9. Great tutorial! I need to exfoliate my lips and prime them more often, I always complain when it comes off midday!

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  10. Great tutorial! I love that ELF lip scrub and I agree certain reds look better on some skin tones than others! Hope you're having a great day!

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  11. wellllllll i am sort of scared of red lipstick. i have full lips so it looks like to giant lips coming at you if i wear any dark shades. AND it is very difficult to find the perfect red. i never have! i think i would need help in this department! i usually just go with nars lipgloss. fast and easy and it works for me. but a nice red would be fab for special occasions. maybe i should renew the search!

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  12. I've always wanted to wear red lipstick!

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  13. My mom gave this fab red lip tutorial in my comments once–and she'd NEVER shared it with me!

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  14. I like red lipstick and when I just started my blog I used to wear it all the time. My fav is from Mac and revlon. You look lovely.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  15. Red lipstick and lots of mascara is one of my favorite looks.

    I really need to start exfoliating my lips more often. I admit I almost never remember to do this.

    Tracy

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  16. So important to do and choosing the right shade! Great post Elle!

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  17. Exfoliating is sooo important to get a good red lip! I make my own exfoliator, too, and I think it's safe to say I like it more than the store-bought kind.

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