Ever wondered if you can pull off show-stopping red lips? Of course you can! Whether you’re after a Marilyn ruby or vampish crimson, there’s a colour out there for everyone. What’s more, if you haven’t got your hands on the latest scarlet pouted trend – a liquid lipstick – what are you waiting for?
When you’re rocking a red lipsticked lip, you may find one curse: it gets everywhere. And by everywhere, we do mean everywhere – your teeth, your wine glass, the collar of your white blouse and the cheek of everyone you greet.
That’s why liquid lipsticks are the ultimate answer. Massive news this A/W season and giving you ferocious colour that doesn’t budge all day, paint one onto your lips and watch the magic as it dries super matte and super bold.
Here we bring you our go-to tips for discovering your perfect matte pout.
Find Your Skin Tone
If you’re not sure if you’re cool or warm toned, you can always study your skin in a mirror (yellow undertones indicate a warm complexion whereas the cool skinned are those dubbed the pale and interesting). However, a more fun way is to check out the veins on your inner arm. Blue? You’re cool toned. Green? You’re warm! Something else? You may have a problem.
Try Before You Buy
Although you may be accustomed to a sneaky testing on the back of your hand to check out a potential new lip colour, you’re doing it all wrong. Instead, try lipsticks out on the tip of one of your fingers; here is closest to your actual lip colour and will give you a better idea of how it’ll look on your smackers.
Make It Liquid
Goes on like a lipgloss, with all the intense pigment of lipstick. Dries like velvet paint and stays put all day. What more could you want from your new liquid friend? Our go-to favourite is the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick by Stila.
Here’s a quick guide to finding the right red for you:
Blue undertone – If you lips having a blueish tinge that’s not just an onset from the cold weather, stick to a pink based rouge to add warmth to your beautifully milky pallor. The bold red contrast against your cool skin will be electric.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Carina, £15 or Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Double Dare, £16
Pink undertone – Don’t be afraid to use red if your lips are rose petal pink. By adding a touch of brown to the colour palette, your lips will take on a new depth. Pinkly based lips also work well for the darker plum and berry tones that are super-hot for the winter months.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery, £15 or Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Emoi, £25
Brown undertone – Warm skinned gals can rock an orange based hue with panache. Complimenting your complexion and bringing sun-kissed warmth to your look, an orangey red is a bang-up-to-date take on classic pillarbox.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro, £15 or Sleek Makeup Truly Mattely Deeply in Jazz, £4.99
Red undertone – Lips that are blessed with undertones of red are an excellent base for the boldest of shades. A classic scarlet will work wonders on your smile – use lipsticks with the slightest hint of a blue base and you’ll feel anything but melancholy.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso, £15 or Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liqiuid Lipstick in Icon, £23
Post written by Josie Sampson…