If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know about my thing for mirror selfies. I don’t know, maybe I always wanted an identical twin or something…
At the beginning of the year, in my blogging resolutions post, I said I wanted to be braver with blog/makeup. One area I’ve really noticed I’m getting braver is with my lipstick, I’ve really got into lip colour in this past year! And after much practice, I feel like I’ve pretty much nailed the application process. To be honest, it took a lot of trial and error, so I thought I’d share the method on here, in case anyone else is struggling with lipstick like I did!
I thought I’d combine it with this red lip look I really liked, using two of my favourite red lip products. So this is a tutorial for applying red lipstick, but the five-step method works for any lipstick colour!
1. Using a red or nude pencil, starting with your cupid’s bow, trace the outline of your lips. I also colour my lips fully in. Blot. For my look, I used a Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil in Light it Up, which works both as a liner and as a lipstick in its own right!
2. Apply lipstick! Apply slowly and carefully, and stick within your natural lip line. Use the point of the lipstick to apply it to your cupid’s bow. (As a side note, try not to flatten your lipsticks out, they’re made like that for a reason!) I used another one of my favourites: Blake, from the L’Oreal Color Riche Exclusive Red collection.
3. Blot with a tissue. Kiss it, don’t move it around. I like to fold my tissue in half, put it into my mouth, and close my lips onto it.
4. Apply lipstick again. You should have 3 layers of lip product now. That red ain’t going nowhere.
5. Put a finger into your mouth, close your lips and pull it out slowly. (Hello, sexy!) This will get rid of the bits of lipstick that might stick to your teeth.
Red looks best with a good base. Red lipstick is really going to highlight any red patches on your face, whether that be spots or rosy patches, so you’re going to want to cover them up really well! For my base, I used L’Oreal True Match and MAC Studio Fix Concealer, set with No7 Light Loose Powder in Translucent. Then I used my Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts Highlighter in Goddess of Love, and a touch of Benefit Hoola.
When I’m wearing red, I like to stick to more basic eyes. For me, that means black eyeliner and nude eyeshadow. I used the lightest nude shades from Makeup Revolution’s Beyond Flawless Palette, with my favourite Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner and Scandaleyes Pencil Liner. For my lashes, I started with Dior Lash Plumping Serum, and used a layer of Maxfactor False Lash Effects before a few coats of Roller Lash.
I prefer stronger, darker eyebrows with red lips, and I feel they help to balance out your face a bit more. The focus is on my lips, but my eyes don’t totally disappear. My all-time favourite brow product has to be Soap & Glory’s Brow Archery in Brownie Points, as it defines my brows but keeps them natural looking.
What a strange post that turned out to be; a sort of combination of two different tutorials! Still, I hope it was useful.
Do you have any other tips for flawless lipstick application? Or maybe a favourite lip product?
Panda Eyes xx