26 July 2011


how to: the perfect red lip

Turn the heat up a notch with this makeup game changer.

Here at The Denizen we are rather partial to a red lip – firm believers in the idea that a slick of red lipstick has the potential to change the course of a night instantly. Legendary fashion columnist Diana Vreeland once summed up the crimson hue by saying “I can’t imagine becoming bored with red.” Not the types to stand for boredom of any sorts around here, we’ve come to the conclusion we couldn’t agree more.

Synonymous with old school Hollywood glamour, elegance and seduction, there is something about this timeless beauty practice that has proven to brighten not only our winter complexions of late, but also our moods.

Standing in the way of many a girl and her perfect red pout however, is the art of application. Nothing ruins the allure more than smeared or faded red lips, neglected over the course of an evening.  A recent quest for the perfect non-smudge, long-lasting red lipstick to avoid such sin also left us armed with some tricks of the trade that were well worth sharing.

Step 1: Pick your shade. General rule of thumb is that paler skin tones look better in pink or cherry toned reds whereas darker or olive skin tones should stick to warmer reds with an orange or brown base.

Step 2: Apply a lip moisturizer or primer first to prep the lip and ensure they are adequately hydrated.

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of foundation or concealer across the lip. This will create the perfect canvas and help set the lipstick once applied so that it lasts longer.

Step 4: Next, line the lips with a lip pencil that matches your chosen shade. This will prevent the lipstick from feathering out from the lip line. Keep within the natural line of your lip, starting from the middle of your bottom lip and drawing out towards the corners of the mouth.

Step 5: Apply a thin, even coat of lipstick and blot with a tissue to remove excess.

Step 6: Apply a second coat and you are ready to go! Making sure of course, that you have your lipstick at the ready for frequent touch ups.

Follow these steps and we guarantee you’ll be left with the perfect set of cherry reds to spark conversation, pick one from some of our tried and tested favourite shades above.

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