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How to Find & Apply Your Perfect Red Lip

When it comes to finding your perfect red lip, there are so many brands, undertones, and formulas to consider that it can become a daunting task.

 

When red lips stand out as their own bold statement, you don’t want to make the wrong choice and get stuck with an unflattering result. However, I’ve simplified this process to three important factors for finding your signature scarlet style: your undertone, your desired texture, and your needed longevity.

 

 

The first step when it comes to finding your perfect red lip is finding the right undertone. Your skin’s undertone will determine what lip colors look best for you.

 

For example, if you’re like me with a little more warmth to your skin where you tend to look better with warmer products, you’re going to want to stick between neutral and warm-toned reds. This allows the red to pop, but still complement your skin complex without you looking sunken or dull.

 

With this same logic, then, it’s visa-versa; if you have more pink or blue tones in your skin, you’re going to look best in a cool-undertone red with more of that bluish, pinkish vibe, so no orange-reds for you. Cool reds will complement your complexion without your lips looking too fiery, orange, or crazy.

 

If you’re between warm and cool tones or it’s harder for you to determine your undertone, it probably means that you are neutral. You’re in luck, though, because that means pretty much any red will work for you in some way; the cool-tone reds will give you more of a moody autumn aesthetic while the warmer tones will be better for you during the spring and summer, but you can probably pull off just about anything.

 

The second step is all about the vibe you’re going for and the texture of the lip products.

 

This step is all about the type of red lip look you’re after, whether that’s a very clean, classic type of matte red lip, or if you want something a little bit juicier and glossier. If you like more matte colors, you’re going to want to look for a lip tint or a matte liquid lipstick. On the other hand, if you want something with a little bit more shine you can go for sheer or regular bullet lipsticks that have a little bit more of a sheen to them, or you can even start thinking about layering with something like a gloss.

 

The final step for finding your perfect red lip is all about longevity. This depends all on where you’re going and what you’re doing.

 

For example, let’s say you’re going out for a summer barbeque and you’re going to be eating a lot of greasy food. If that is the case, you’re going to want a lip tint.

 

Something that’s usually used as a long-lasting lip product like a liquid lipstick is going to be removed with oil, so if you’re going to eat something greasy, it’s going to remove your lipstick. With a lip tint, however, that’s going to stick itself to your lip, almost like it’s dying the skin so it won’t budge as easily.

 

If you’re doing something like taking photos outside and you want your lipstick to pop, a shinier red lip is the way to go. However, you can still do photos with a matte lip for a classic look.

 

And finally, if you’re going somewhere where you’ll be talking a lot and you don’t want to worry about your lipstick smearing or getting on your teeth, then that classic matte look is the one you want.

 

The Tutorial

Once you’ve decided on your red lip formula, it’s time to apply.

 

You want to start with a red lip liner that matches your red lipstick as closely as possible. This will allow you to line your lips properly while also making an outline to stay within so it’s not as easy to make a mess when you go to apply the color itself. Make sure to apply the liner lower onto your lips like you’re filling them in and don’t just line them during this step.

 

And speaking of, applying that color comes next. You want to take your chosen lip product and use it all over your lips over top of the liner to get full pigmentation.

 

Once the color is on, you can go in with a brown lip liner. I highly recommend doing this step with red lipstick. Just putting this on the corners of your mouth and blending it with the rest of the lipstick before it fully sets is a great way to give your lips a more finished look while also creating a contour for fuller plump and a touch more class.

 

Finally, depending on what kind of look you’re going for, you can move on to step number four, which is adding extra shine. For this, I’m using the Too Faced Lip Injection Lip Gloss to top off my red lip because it adds a little bit more plumpness of course, but also a little shine, a little shimmer, and it just finishes off a gorgeous juicy red look.

 

Once you have your red lip color and these simple steps down, creating a fashionable and fun red lip for any season will be as easy as applying mascara.

 

For questions, concerns, or article ideas, feel free to reach out to our eCosmetics Beauty Editor directly at [email protected]

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How to Find & Apply Your Perfect Red Lip

When it comes to finding your perfect red lip, there are so many brands, undertones, and formulas to consider that it can become a daunting task.

 

When red lips stand out as their own bold statement, you don’t want to make the wrong choice and get stuck with an unflattering result. However, I’ve simplified this process to three important factors for finding your signature scarlet style: your undertone, your desired texture, and your needed longevity.

 

 

The first step when it comes to finding your perfect red lip is finding the right undertone. Your skin’s undertone will determine what lip colors look best for you.

 

For example, if you’re like me with a little more warmth to your skin where you tend to look better with warmer products, you’re going to want to stick between neutral and warm-toned reds. This allows the red to pop, but still complement your skin complex without you looking sunken or dull.

 

With this same logic, then, it’s visa-versa; if you have more pink or blue tones in your skin, you’re going to look best in a cool-undertone red with more of that bluish, pinkish vibe, so no orange-reds for you. Cool reds will complement your complexion without your lips looking too fiery, orange, or crazy.

 

If you’re between warm and cool tones or it’s harder for you to determine your undertone, it probably means that you are neutral. You’re in luck, though, because that means pretty much any red will work for you in some way; the cool-tone reds will give you more of a moody autumn aesthetic while the warmer tones will be better for you during the spring and summer, but you can probably pull off just about anything.

 

The second step is all about the vibe you’re going for and the texture of the lip products.

 

This step is all about the type of red lip look you’re after, whether that’s a very clean, classic type of matte red lip, or if you want something a little bit juicier and glossier. If you like more matte colors, you’re going to want to look for a lip tint or a matte liquid lipstick. On the other hand, if you want something with a little bit more shine you can go for sheer or regular bullet lipsticks that have a little bit more of a sheen to them, or you can even start thinking about layering with something like a gloss.

 

The final step for finding your perfect red lip is all about longevity. This depends all on where you’re going and what you’re doing.

 

For example, let’s say you’re going out for a summer barbeque and you’re going to be eating a lot of greasy food. If that is the case, you’re going to want a lip tint.

 

Something that’s usually used as a long-lasting lip product like a liquid lipstick is going to be removed with oil, so if you’re going to eat something greasy, it’s going to remove your lipstick. With a lip tint, however, that’s going to stick itself to your lip, almost like it’s dying the skin so it won’t budge as easily.

 

If you’re doing something like taking photos outside and you want your lipstick to pop, a shinier red lip is the way to go. However, you can still do photos with a matte lip for a classic look.

 

And finally, if you’re going somewhere where you’ll be talking a lot and you don’t want to worry about your lipstick smearing or getting on your teeth, then that classic matte look is the one you want.

 

The Tutorial

Once you’ve decided on your red lip formula, it’s time to apply.

 

You want to start with a red lip liner that matches your red lipstick as closely as possible. This will allow you to line your lips properly while also making an outline to stay within so it’s not as easy to make a mess when you go to apply the color itself. Make sure to apply the liner lower onto your lips like you’re filling them in and don’t just line them during this step.

 

And speaking of, applying that color comes next. You want to take your chosen lip product and use it all over your lips over top of the liner to get full pigmentation.

 

Once the color is on, you can go in with a brown lip liner. I highly recommend doing this step with red lipstick. Just putting this on the corners of your mouth and blending it with the rest of the lipstick before it fully sets is a great way to give your lips a more finished look while also creating a contour for fuller plump and a touch more class.

 

Finally, depending on what kind of look you’re going for, you can move on to step number four, which is adding extra shine. For this, I’m using the Too Faced Lip Injection Lip Gloss to top off my red lip because it adds a little bit more plumpness of course, but also a little shine, a little shimmer, and it just finishes off a gorgeous juicy red look.

 

Once you have your red lip color and these simple steps down, creating a fashionable and fun red lip for any season will be as easy as applying mascara.

 

For questions, concerns, or article ideas, feel free to reach out to our eCosmetics Beauty Editor directly at [email protected]

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