Snow White was a girl who knew how to wear a red lip and she wore it well…
In my job as a Makeup Artist I come across many ladies who are scared of wearing red lipsticks, for a few reasons, they are concerned that it is making too much of a statement or they have never found a red lipstick that suits them.
So here are a few tips for finding that red lipstick for you and wearing it well.
Getting started – Make sure you have good hydrated lips before you start trying this out, a lip scrub to scuff away any dead skin (Dior lip sugar scrub £26) and using a product to hydrate (Dr Paw Paw £6.95)
Texture – Lipsticks come in various textures from sheer colour right through to punchy matte textures, if you are nervous of trying a red then start off with a sheer colour that gives a transparency and a gentle red hue to the lip (Clinique Chubby stick in Bountiful Blush £18.50) a matte lip colour is going to give more colour pay off and will make a real statement and with the added advantage of not needing constant top ups, so perfect when I am working on my Bridal Makeup, in this blog feature the model is wearing Stilla all day liquid lip in Beso £17, with a clear gloss over the top.
Skin tone – looking for the best tone for you is important and I find bolder darker tones (deep burgundy) really do work well with darker skin, orange tones look great on tanned skin and on paler skin I find that true reds (pillar box) can look sensational. A blue toned red also has the added advantage of making teeth appear brighter and whiter. But there are no rules you go with what you like and prefer and whatever you feel suits you and makes you feel confident.
Makeup is fun and a bolder lip is a real statement, I like a red lip with a lighter eye and lots of liner and lashes for that real Hollywood Glam effect, but again it is up to you its all about experimenting with what works for you.
As a Bridal Makeup Artist in the North West and North Wales, when brides come to me and they want to make a statement or they want to try lipstick shades to suit, I always advise to go into Superdrug and take full advantage of the 3 for 2 offers on the drug store brands and my personal favourite is Bourjois and when you have that colour transfer the search to a higher end brand of makeup.
The images from this blog come from a shoot I did with:
Model – Tanya Van Ruth
Hair – Andy Pearce from Boutique Atelier
Photo – Kat Hannon Mayo
Venue – Abode in Chester
Makeup by me