Red Lips Feature

How to Achieve Perfect Red Lips

Posted on - Thursday February 11, 2016

We know you’re already darn close to perfect, but are you looking for an easy way to be even more beautiful?

Nailing the perfect lipstick look is one of the best places to start. This quick, simple, and very effective beauty tutorial will give you all the skills you need to hone your lips to perfection, whether you’re prepping for a big date, a fancy night on the town, or just looking to get a little luscious.

Supplies you will need to get perfect red lips:
-Lipstick of your choice (we always default to rich and sultry reds)
-Wax Paper
-Lip brush
-Cosmetic sponge
-Translucent powder
-A blush brush

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Lay out the lip-smacking goods.

Step 1: Cover in foundation

Using the cosmetic sponge, cover your lips in a thin coat of foundation that is equal to, or slightly lighter than your skin tone. This will ensure color vibrancy by covering the lips natural blush, and make the lipstick last longer. Use a cream foundation for best results. Liquid foundation will mix with your lipstick and lighten the lipstick. A THIN amount is the trick! The foundation is to fill in the fine lines so your lipstick doesn’t settle.

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Go equal or slightly lighter than skin.

Step 2: Palette it out

For both eyeshadow and lipstick, we prefer palettes. They take up less room than the individual containers, typically offer a wide variety of colors, and often are less expensive than individuals. Lip and eyeshadow palettes are offered by many makeup brands and price ranges. Scoop out a small amount of lipstick onto the wax paper.

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Palettes are the best!

Step 3: Aim for Cupid

Using a small lip brush, apply lipstick starting at the cupids bow of the lip. We prefer to scoop out the lipstick and apply with a brush to insure crisp lines, which can be harder to create with simply applying from the tube. Another advantage of scooping out the lipstick is it keeps your lipstick sanitary and ready to share with friends or family.

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The key to crisp lip lines.

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Step 4: Start in the outer corner

Using one smooth stroke, apply lipstick from the outer corner of your mouth to the center of the lip, paying special attention to create symmetry on both sides. Start with loading a small amount onto the brush; too much lipstick will run into the crack at the corners of the lips and leave you looking like the Joker. Apply two coats if needed to create opacity.

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Pay attention to symmetry.

Step 5 (Optional): Go matte

To create a matte lip, double over a tissue and blot the lips to remove excess color. This will leave a stain of color over the lips, yet remove the excess oil from the lipstick which will heat with your body temperature and begin to move as the day goes on.

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Remove excess color.

Step 6 (Optional): The power of translucent dusting!

Taking a tissue, divide it so it is only one-ply. Place over the lips and lightly dust over the tissue with translucent powder using your blush brush. This will deposit a small amount over powder over the lips to dry the oil in the lipstick and give you staying power. Do not apply the powder directly to the lips, or you will be left looking dusty. You want just enough to mattify the lip.

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Get staying power.

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And there you have it. Perfect red lips that will stop a crowd. Try out these tips and recreate a fabulous pinup girl look!

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Jeff Chiarelli

Jeff Chiarelli

Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.