Nothing takes your look to the next level like a red lip. It’s kind of the ultimate party accessory—it works to glam up jeans and t-shirt for a backyard BBQ, or can be just the thing to wear with an LBD for a night out.
When I’m on the road, I often rely on an easy red lip to take a basic running-around face out to dinner. I know that it’s a bold look and if you’re not careful, it can get messy, but honestly I’ve never met a woman who couldn’t pull it off with the right strategy.
So whether you need an easy look for a holiday party, or want to amp up your outfit for after-work drinks, here’s my approach to an effortless face that’s all about the lips.
Start with a polished, even, matte finish on the skin. A red lip can bring out other red, so it’s important to even out the skin tone around the t-zone and especially around the lip area. I like to define the outside of the area with reverse lip liner, some tinted moisturizer, and concealer to help lock in the color, prevent bleed create a smooth boundary that makes the lip look fuller.
This comes in an excellent color range for all skin tones.
Rich in vitamin E, I love the added skincare benefits of this product and the smooth texture it creates. Plus it also comes in plenty of colors.
Warm rose tones on the cheeks complement a red lip. Blend crème blush and powder for a look with a subtle sheen with longevity. The result is radiant without being too shimmery, maintaining the matte finish.
This shade is lovely on a dark skin tone.
Barely-there eyeshadow balances out a bold lip and keeps it fresh. Use a neutral white or bone mixed with a taupe or stone on your lids. For a little more oomph, amp it up with graphic black cat eyeliner.
While the eyes take a supporting role, a well-groomed brow can really help set the stage for a red lip. Brush through with a spoolie, and fill them in with an angle brush or pencil to really frame your features. Careful not to make it overly severe, keep it light toward the front and add a swipe of gel to set.
Here’s how I get an impeccable lip that lasts all night. The key to longevity is in building up thin layers. First, use a pencil lip liner and smudge it into the entire lip leaving a thin stain. Then, apply lip color with a brush (or smooth it with your finger) and blend completely. Don’t forget to open your mouth and fill in the corner where the lips meet.
Blot, and then apply once more. When you’re going for a bold red, I think the chicest thing is to keep it matte, so I don’t usually go for gloss here. Retouch your powder, pack your lipstick tube for touch-ups, and you’re ready to go!
These are the brands that have mastered the pantone red, and my favorite tried-and-true products. Find the shade and formula that’s right for you!
Consider this shade red lip training wheels. It’s great for a natural, daytime look.
A perfect red drugstore find I discovered during the opening of Giada Vegas! Perfect for a holiday party or a first time dip into a red lip.
As if you were eating cherry popsicles!
Always in Foxyfleet’s bag.
I have one of these in every bag. It wears perfectly with the red undertones in my skin.
This red with a dash of orange compliments olive undertones in the skin. I love the non-drying formula, and Jouer makes a spectrum of 5 reds so you can find a color or two that’s right for you!
If you’re wearing a Givenchy Stiletto and need a lipstick to meet its match. I keep this by my fragrance collection for special occasions.
Charlotte has created the most dynamite lip pencil! This color allows for a seamless, long-lasting starlet red lip. Striking on a fair skin blonde or anyone around the globe!
Always in Foxyfleet’s bag.