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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Red Lipstick Makeup Tips

I love wearing red lipstick, I helps me feel good on days when I need a little pick-me-up. Be Sexy, powerful, and make heads turn. Red lips get noticed. Maybe lips aren’t your best feature or you’ve been afraid of trying red lip color, everyone can get away with wearing red if they pick the right shade.
There are many different opinions about which shades should be worn by people with different skin tones. The trick is finding what works for you. You need to take a look at your skin’s undertones, which can be challenging. This is when going to a makeup counter can be a real timesaver and help keep you from wasting your money on the wrong shade.
Also consider what lip color will look like with your teeth. Some shades may make your teeth look more yellow. This may be a good time to check out teeth whitening if you find a shade that goes great with your skin tone, but doesn’t flatter your teeth.
If you have thin lips, keep in mind that darker colors can make lips look smaller. When trying to create a look of fuller lips, go for a lighter shade of red. At this point my favorite red is a blend of a few different lipsticks that I bought that were not quite right. If you have a wrong color, another option is topping it with a lip gloss that has either gold or pink tones. My favorite is Sally Hansen’s Lip Inflation. Not only does it subdue a harsh lip color, but it plumps the lips.
Another makeup tip is that, bold color looks better on healthy, conditioned lips. Use a lip scrub or brush lips lightly with a toothbrush to exfoliate lips. Then use a moisturizing lip balm, consider a balm with SPF to protect your lips if your lip color doesn’t have any sun protection. Using a lip primer can help lip color to last longer and keep it from feathering. Line and fill lips in with a liner that is close to your natural lip color. Apply lipstick with a lip brush, and blot the excess with a tissue. To keep lipstick from ending up on my teeth I use the finger method — putting my index finger in my mouth and wrap lips around it. Then slowly pull my finger out. To keep the color from bleeding put a little face powder around your lips.
The Rest of Your Face
When wearing red lipstick keep the rest of your makeup simple. Since the focus is on your lips, go light on the eye makeup.

updated 3/26/14

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