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6 Steps To Flawless Red Lips

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By Sheila Arkee

While it’s always a good time to wear red lip colors, there’s something about the Holiday season that makes sultry red lipstick or lip gloss just that much more right. Here are 6 steps to flawless red lips that will have your pout looking like perfection.

Six Steps To Flawless Red Lips

Step 1: Moisturize

Smooth lips are the most crucial ingredient for a successful final product, so start with slathering your lips with your moisturizer of choice. I prefer Aquaphor, which has never let me down even when my lips are at their driest. Leave the balm on your lips for at least 10 minutes. In general, its a great idea to drink plenty of water which hydrates your skin and prevents flakiness to begin with.

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Step 2: Slough

You can use a lip scrub if you prefer, but I like to use a warm, dampened wash cloth to remove my lip moisturizer and create an even base for the lip products to follow.

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Step 3: Powder

A light, light dusting of translucent powder is my trick to making lip color last. Simply brush a small amount on your lips to dry them out and prime your lips for the intense color to follow.

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Step 4: Liner

Use a liner that matches your lip color as a barrier to make sure the lipstick or lipgloss stays within boundaries.
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Step 5: Brush

Using a lip brush to apply darker lip colors helps cut down on a lot of unnecessary revisions. This way you’re able to control the amount your apply and where it goes – preferably on your lips and not the surrounding areas!

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Step 6: Perfect

Use an angled eyebrow brush with a tad bit of powder to clean up the edges of your lips – add a teensy dash of shimmery highlighitng powder to the top of your cupids’s bow for a little something extra. If needed, go over some edges with a lip liner again to keep things looking sharp and precise.

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And, done! Enjoy!

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Products used: Milani True Red Lip Liner & Milani Ruby Valentine Lipstick

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  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Aquaphor is my go-to as well. I have to apply it every night before bed or I won’t be able to sleep! Also, great tips. I always hear about applying powder AFTER the lip color!

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    Great tips. I’d keep my lip pencil sharper, too. Rolling the pencil helps create a sharper line. I learned that from when I assisted MUA Vincent Oquendo

  • FabZilla_Kath

    what a helpful post! thanks for always sharing your secrets :-)

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Love your tips!

  • Harshleen

    Love your pictorial! And that red is gorgeous on you!

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    Awesome tutorial!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    This is awesome! Step 6! Who knew?!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    I know! It’s a little touch that really helps.

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  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Thanks, Harshleen!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Thanks, Phyrra!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    You are welcome. :)

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    That’s a great tip!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    What would we ever do without Aquaphor?

  • kSquaredGlamour

    beautiful red lips! love the tips you give..going to have to try next time i put on red or dark lipstick

  • MyNewestAddiction

    Beautiful red lips! 😀 I totally agree!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Thank you!

  • http://www.endlessummerblog.com/ Endless Summer

    Amazing red lips! Well done!

  • http://jannatul12.blogspot.com/ Jannatul Rahamoni

    great tips. thanks