How To Wear a Bold Red Lip for Valentine’s Day

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The nightmare of doing all of your makeup and then applying your red lipstick, to only find yourself looking in the mirror at what appears to have a similar resemblance of a clown should be avoidable at all costs. Yikes! That’s exactly what to avoid when you’re going for a red lip. No worries, I’m here to help prevent that by giving you a few easy guidelines to stick to when you decide to wear a bold lip color. Luckily, sporting a bright lip color makes for an easier and usually faster makeup look overall. 

First off, keep the rest of your makeup look simple. That means no added eyeshadow colors other than neutral shades and avoid harsh contouring. When I want a bold lip, I usually apply less makeup as I want the lip color to be the main focus of my makeup look. I’ll apply my usual primer, foundation, and or concealer and then either only apply mascara, or a little eyeshadow. The variation of application is up to you, as some recommend doing your eye makeup before putting on your foundation. I’ve just gotten into the habit of blending my foundation in before I do anything around my eyes. 

Once I’ve got my foundation on, I might decide to add a thin amount of eyeliner on my lids along with mascara. I think it looks nice whether or not you apply eyeliner since the simpler, the better. I occasionally add a little dimension on my eyelids by blending a nude shade in my crease, with a lighter shade all over the lid and near my brow bone. This is just an added step, if you’re used to applying eyeshadow otherwise go onto contouring or bronzing.

For winter, I prefer a little contour and in the summer I like using bronzer more often. Contour is more neutral with less or none of the sparkle to it like bronzer may have. While bronzer has warmer tones that make you look sun kissed. I lightly contour parts of my face to prevent my face from appearing flat and giving more color to it. But, once again contour is not a mandatory step. Feel free and skip over most of the steps if you only have a few minutes to do your makeup. 

Then, after I have my eye makeup done and my foundation has dried, I set my makeup with a face powder. I do this since I have oilier skin and want the powder to help my makeup stay in place longer, while reducing shine. Lastly, I put chapstick on before I apply the lip color so that my lips aren’t chapped. I use a few coats of the lip color and then my look is finished! I definitely bring my lip color in my purse with me, just in case I need to reapply it after eating since most lip products don’t last super long. 

Products Shown:

Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in color Cruella — NARS 

Contour Palette — e.l.f. cosmetics 

HD Face Powder — e.l.f. cosmetics 

Lash Sensational — Maybelline

Eye Studio Master Precise — Maybelline

Do you already have an iconic red lip product? Where’d you find it? If not, have you tried a red lip before and did you like it? Share in comments below!

Thanks, 

xoxo 

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