Ruby lip colours are continuing to be popular with celebrities this season, with the likes of Amanda Du Pont and Bonang Matheba rocking the bold hue on the red carpet.
Whether you choose to wear your red lips with minimal eye make-up or a full-on Hollywood glam, when it comes to pulling off a scarlet pout, preparation is key.
To prime the lips, delilah creative director and former make-up artist Rupert Kingston suggests first applying a product with natural waxes, such as Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter, to the lips and buffing backward and forwards with a cotton bud.
This will help to lift all the dead dry skin, leaving the lips smooth for perfect application.
Next up, grab a nude lip liner and line and fill in the pout.
Nude liners work better than dark liners as these can often leave a dark, un-natural line around the lip. You can also gently line around your cupid’s bow to give your lips a more defined shape. Avoid the common mistake of contouring outside the lip line as this can make you look overly made-up.
Now, for the fun part – applying the red pigment. Those with warmer skintones look great in orange-reds, while people with fairer complexions can pull off pink or plum tones.
When it comes to ensuring your lipstick stays in place during a meeting or a date, first try applying a small amount of your foundation to your lips, as this will act as a base and give something for the colour to cling to. And remember to use a lip brush when using bold hues, to ensure you apply just the right amount of product.
“Finally, an old trick from Liz Taylor, try blotting with a tissue and applying a second coat. This will lift the oils out of the lipstick, leaving just the pigment on behind,” shared Rupert. “Liz famously applied and blotted her lips 10 times before she went anywhere!”
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