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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 4: Liner
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!
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.
And, done! Enjoy!