After the last vignette on red lipsticks, I got a tonne of mails asking if there was a ‘proper way’ of applying the stuff, ‘coz it seems that the normal swirl-dab-go approach doesn’t work here. Yes, red lipstick takes much more effort to put on – its like draping an Oscar de la Renta gown vis-a-vis throwing on your fave pair of Gap jeans. But the results are so worth it…
Step 1: Before putting on the lipstick, exfoliate your lips to get rid of all the flaky, chappy bits. Dab on a bit of lip balm, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then rub it off with a soft toothbrush. Follow with a lip primer (I vouch for MAC Prep + Prime Lips) to create a smooth base that will hold the colour.
Step 2: Apply a thin layer of foundation – this will neutralise your lip colour, allowing the true hue of the lipstick to come alive sans any distortion. Once the foundation dries, add a layer of face powder, which will help set the lipstick so it will last longer.
Step 3: Lightly trace the shape of your lips with a pencil that matches your lipstick, keeping within your natural lip line. If you can’t find an exact match, go a tad lighter, but never, ever darker.
Step 4: Apply a thin coat of lipstick, blot, apply a second coat, and you are done!