How to apply red lipstick perfectly

I love a good red lip. It’s the epitome of glamour and one of the easiest ways to take your look from day-to-night. The first step in mastering this beauty feat is determining which shade of red looks best on you.

Look for the veins near your wrists, are they more green than blue? If so, you have warm undertones. If the veins are looking more blue to blue purple, you have cool undertones.  Warm undertones should stick to corals, orange reds or firehouse reds. Cool undertones are good with true reds, or reds that have a bit of blue undertone in them.

If you’re unsure, find shades that are proven to look good on everyone.

Those options include:

Nars Jungle Red, $24

Mac Ruby Woo, $15

I opted for Jungle red.

The steps:

1. Exfoliate your lip with a mild face scrub, wash cloth or toothbrush. Ensure you get all dead skin off your lips.

2. Moisturize with a lightweight lip balm. My trick here is to apply neosporin, the cream version, which I find helps with any small cuts you may have or with chapping. After that, I swipe on burts bees plain chapstick.

3. Add a light layer of concealer on your lips and around the outer edges, this will help keep the color in place.

4. I’m a bit fearful of lip liner, too often I see women with the “ring around their mouth” look–you know what I’m talking about. Instead, I suggest using a lip brush. Swipe the brush over the color and then carefully line lips with the brush.

5. After lining, apply color straight from the tube.

6. Blot

7. Add a translucent powder to set.

8. Optional: Add a light layer of clear gloss.

And don’t forget to smile!

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