Hello my beautiful readers! Last month on the Beauty Takeover, I shared with you some of the most popular Korean makeup and skincare tips. This month, we’ll be delving into the essential How-To’s of applying makeup. From getting the perfect brows every time to achieving a flawless complexion – we’re going back to the basics!
Once you’ve got the basics down pat, there’s no limit to the looks you can create! This week, I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to rock the classic red lip!
1. EXFOLIATE YOUR LIPS
Before applying a red lipstick, or any other colour of lipstick for that matter, it’s important to exfoliate your lips to avoid having dry, flaky and patchy-looking lips. Use a lip scrub and massage it gently onto your lips for a good minute before buffing it away with a damp washcloth or a cotton pad. Alternatively, take advantage of your softened skin after a shower and exfoliate your lips with a clean toothbrush or a warm damp washcloth. You can even make your own lip scrub by mixing some honey, sugar and lemon together. Avoid peeling and tugging any dry flakes of skin as this may cause your lips to bleed and feel raw and tender.
2. MOISTURIZE YOUR LIPS
Once you’ve exfoliated your lips, moisturize them with a lip balm. You can use coconut oil or any other lip balm of your choice. While the balm is left to treat and nourish your lips, you can start by applying the rest of your skincare and makeup.
3. NEUTRALIZE REDNESS IN YOUR SKIN
When it comes to wearing a red lipstick, it’s important to have a flawless base to prevent the overall makeup from looking too blotchy or messy. If you have both redness on the lips and red patches on your skin, it’ll only make your skin look inflamed and irritated. Neutralize any redness or broken capillaries in your skin by applying a thin layer of foundation all over and applying concealer onto the areas that need more coverage. Take your time to conceal any spots or blemishes using gentle dabbing or patting motions.
4. USE A LIP LINER
Once you’ve done your base, blot your excess lip balm with a tissue. Having too much lip balm on will cause the red lipstick to slip and slide around, which is not what you want. Blotting your lips will leave them feeling moisturized without being too gloopy and slippery. Use a lip liner and take your time to outline the lip shape you want. Start by following your natural lip shape and then take a step back to assess which areas you need to draw a little further for a fuller and more symmetrical pout. Fill in your lips with the lip liner for a long-lasting base.
5. APPLY, BLOT, AND APPLY AGAIN
Now’s the time to apply your red lipstick. Either apply it straight from the bullet or use a lip brush for more precision. I personally prefer just applying lipstick straight from the bullet as the application looks more organic. Once you’ve got your first layer on, blot it with a tissue and apply a second layer for a long-wearing finish. For a glossy look, top it off with a touch of clear gloss. For a matte finish, apply a light dusting of translucent powder to your lips.
6. ADJUST YOUR MAKEUP ACCORDINGLY
Once you’re red lip is on, you can do the rest of your makeup. For a vintage look, go for a classic cat eye and rosy cheeks. If you’d like a more fresh and modern take on the red lip, go for dewy radiant skin, a touch of shimmer or gloss on the eyelids and pretty well-defined eyelashes.
For the ultimate guide in choosing your shade of red and tips on lipstick application, check out this video by celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge:
This tutorial by Max Factor is great for medium to darker skin tones:
For a glossy and glamorous yet wearable red lip look, check out this tutorial by pro makeup artist Jordan Liberty:
Makeup is all about experimentation and self-expression, so have fun with the red lip and wear it with confidence!