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How to achieve the ultimate red lip look

17 DECEMBER 2012

A red lipstick is undoubtedly the cosmetic equivalent of the Little Black Dress. Every woman needs one, and when you find the perfect fit for you, you'll wonder how you ever did without it.

It's a classic amongst the fashion-forward including model Poppy Delevingne, actresses Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone and singer Taylor Swift, all of whom were sporting the super chic look at Paris Fashion Week this year.

 

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When choosing a shade, bear in mind how it will look against your natural skin tone. A vivacious orange red may look fabulous as a product, but tends to flatter those with olive skin more whereas those who are paler will look better suit a classic Hollywood red.

For those with a darker complexion, choose a lipstick with plummy purple notes at its base for a sophisticated result. But, beware if your teeth are less than white as this colouring will bring out yellow tones.

If this happens to be the case, never fear. Your go-to product is tinted with a slight hint of blue to make your teeth appear both whiter and brighter.

Steady application is essential to achieving this glamorous look so follow these simple steps for creating a party perfect pout...


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Begin with creating a smooth base. Many makeup brands sell lip scrubs, or sugars, for a great handbag fix. But, for a trick that needn't set you back any extra, simply brush off any flaky skin by pressing a clean, wet toothbrush over your lips.

Don't worry about finding a lip pencil to match the exact shade of your lipstick. It's a part of the routine which many women fret over without much necessity; a nude pencil will work just as well as a coloured liner. The essential quality of liner is simply to stop the top layer of applied colour from bleeding into your skin.

There are many formulations to choose from to achieve the red lip look. A stain is great for a low-maintenance finish and will carry straight through the day until night. It is similarly a fantastic choice for those experimenting with red for the first time as its sheer texture is less intense, yet subtly chic.

But for those who are looking for that deep, sensual scarlet either apply your lipstick straight from the bullet or layer with a brush for a precise result.

Blot for a matt finish that is perfect for day and night and, if you prefer, add another coat for a more intense colour.

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