Image     Vampy, seductive, and immediately complexion-photoshopping…red lips are timeless, chic, and hot, hot, hot!  Recently I’ve been trying out different variations on the red lip, from subdued to in-your-face, and I’ve come to the conclusion, upon researching and seeing people on the street try it, that people don’t have a clue how to red lip the right way.  So, I’m going to give you a step-by-step.

1. Choose your product.  I prefer Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Prodigious, but for this look I used the cheap version: Wet n’ Wild.  Generally, you’re going to want to choose a shade that is brick red and has a yellow or blue base, rather than a pink one.  Red lipsticks with pink bases generally either come out of the stick pink or very quickly fade to pink.  

2. No fancy lip liner needed here, thank God, unless you’re really clumsy.  For a matte look, use a lip brush and pack product on GENEROUSLY.  However, I prefer a more bold and glossy look, so I usually put product right on from the stick.  Swipe a few times, then fold a napkin in half and clamp down on it.  For staying power, dust translucent powder on the lips (LIGHTLY), and swipe some more on, then repeat the napkin thing.

3. Make sure to accentuate your cupid’s bow and the downward curve of your upper lip.  It’s like your body- the more curvy, the better.  To bring out the shape of your lip, use a white eyeliner (like Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Pure White) or highlighting concealer and carefully outline your Cupid’s bow.  This makes lips appear fuller.