Monday, 10 February 2014

The Perfect Red Lip...

Products featured: MAC Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Perfect Red

If you can't wear a red lip on Valentine's, when can you? There's something about a bold red lip which oozes effortless style and sophistication, it goes with any outfit and completes any look. Here's my step by step guide to creating the PERFECT one.

I always start with a sharpened red lipliner and trace the line of my lips. Red is a very easy colour to create fuller lips, so if you aren't blessed with naturally full lips, you can slightly overdraw your lips to the desired effect. I then colour in the lips with the liner to give my lipstick a base to stick to.

The trick to getting a red lip right, is to be precise. The slightest mistake will show up so take your time and use a lip brush. MAC's Ruby Woo is my red of choice, I love the matte finish and the formula isn't creamy so it clings to the lips and doesn't transfer. I like to use the Detailer Brush by Real Techniques after applying the lipstick by the bullet, to apply the lipstick evenly and neatly to the edges and corners of my lips. Blot between layers to give the lipstick a bit more longevity and to intensify the colour.

To neaten up, I always take my concealer on the smallest brush I have and take it around the lips to get rid of any smudges or wobbly lines. To set, you can either use a lipstick sealer such as the one from Lipcote, or some translucent setting powder, to ensure that the colour stays put all night.

A final step if you're more of a gloss girl, is to take a gorgeous opaque red lipgloss such as Perfect Red from NYX. The formula of this gloss is just perfect, none sticky, super glossy and intense colour pay off. It glides nicely onto the lips and feels really smoothing. It's a fab alternative to a liquid lipstick which can by really drying on the lips. Adding gloss to the centre of the lips can help to give that fuller pout appeal too!

What's your go to Red?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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11 comments:

  1. You look so gorgeous with a red lip Lauran! I'm still trying to ease myself into red lips as it's a colour I never wear but Ruby Woo looks stunning x

    Kirsty | Behind These Closed Eyes

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    1. Thank you so much Kirsty! I tried a cheap lipstick first, I think it might have been a Maybelline one, or even Rimmel to make sure I liked the colour on me. It's not an everyday colour for me, but I love wearing a red lip; it's so dramatic! xxx

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  2. Amazing! Love the pictures, this shade really suits you. My fave red MAC shade is Russian Red!
    Now following your blog, looking forward to the next post!
    Jo x
    bancroften.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It was a toss up between Russian Red and this when I was buying it, but in the end I loved the vintage pin up vibe Ruby Woo gives. Thank you so much for reading Jo, I am glad you enjoyed this post :) xxx

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  3. So pretty!! I also have Ruby Woo and love it! I'm still looking for a red lip liner to go with it.

    http://ahintofbeauty.blogspot.com/

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    1. I use the red one from Bourjois. It's super cheap and works a treat. Other than that I've heard MAC's Cherry is really nice! Thank you for reading and commenting, I love hearing everyone's thoughts :) xxx

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  4. Red lipstick really suits you! I've been eyeing up Ruby Woo for ages, but I already have Russian Red and the limited edition 'Ronnie Red' from MAC so I'm having trouble justifying it, maybe when one of my other reds runs out x

    www.scarlettsstylediaries.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I don't think you can ever have too many reds haha! It's definitely worth a swatch when you do end up wanting a new one though. It's so beautiful. Thank you so much for reading :) xxx

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  5. This colour looks amazing on you :D You are so pretty!

    www.violetdaffodils.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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Much Love,
Lauran
xxx