Even though I love the appearance of a classic red lip, one thing has always bothered me, and that is the maintenance required to pull of said look. After all, there’s is little less appealing than worn down red lipstick. Follow my tips on how you can get a flawless (and lasting) red lip in just a few simple steps!

Flawless Red Lip - Life, Set Sail
Flawless Red Lip - Life, Set Sail
Flawless Red Lip - Life, Set Sail
Flawless Red Lip - Life, Set Sail
Flawless Red Lip - Life, Set Sail

This one little step will work wonders for applying not just a red lip, but any lipstick you want to last throughout the day! I love the Stila Water Plumping Primer because it helps tone down your natural pigment and it’s balm-like formula will keep your lips feeling hydrated.

Map It Out
Using your lip liner, map out the shape of your lips before completely filling them in. Making an “x” shape at the peak of your lips will result in a much more even look rather than free-handing application.

Fill It In
Continue to use your lip liner to fill in your lips. Using liner all over will help your finished look stay much longer than by only using liner on the edges of your lips. For a long lasting pout I like to use the Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip pencil in True Red.

Apply Colour
Now that you’re prepped and primed, you can use your favourite shade to finish your look! I’ve used the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in the shade 8 (matte bright red) as the perfect pairing for my liner.

Using a tissue, blot your lip colour.

As your last step, reapply your lip colour. The blot and reapply technique is one I use often when wanting my lipstick to go the distance, but you can also lightly dust translucent powder on your lips for a similar effect.

I love how a simple red lip can completely transform your look. My favourite way to wear it is with a pair of skinny jeans and a chunky knit or a little black dress. Thanks to my mama for finding me the adorable Libertine dress pictured above, I love the neckline! You can find similar styles here, here, and here.

Do you have any tips for a flawless red lip? Share them in the comments below!

xx -b.

-photos by milton photography

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