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I love a good red lip, but I wasn’t always that way. After 15 years of dance recital and dance team competition makeup, I was convinced that red lipstick was a look best left on stage. I went to the MAC counter on a whim one day and decided it was time to buy my first real (aka not Love my Lips) red lipstick. The lady there was so helpful… she didn’t do my lips for me, but instead, took the time to teach me how to do my own lips. So in today’s post, I’ll be passing those tips along to you!
[1.] You need the right products.
My favorite red lipstick is, hands down, MAC Russian Red. (If you don’t want to invest $16 into your lipstick, try this or this instead. I’ve tried both brands and highly recommend them!) But the most important part of a great red lip? Lipliner. It truly does make your look. I use MAC Kiss Me Quick, and I love it because it applies easily, sharpens easily, and perfectly matches my Russian Red lipstick.
[2.] Slap it on.
When the makeup artist told me to slap my lipstick on, I thought I was going to cry. I’m very much a “color inside of the lines” type of gal. As you can see in the photo below, I mostly focused on getting the color towards the center of my lips. The edges can be touched up with the liner.
[3.] Line your lips.
Before going to the MAC Counter, I had no idea that my lips weren’t pigmented properly. I don’t have pigmentation around the top edges of my lips, and it’s a teeny bit noticeable on my bottom lip. Because of this, lip liner is where I focus a lot of my time.
I start with the top lip. I start in the center, by the “cupid’s bow” in my lips, then make feathery little strokes. When I’m finished with the right side, I go back to the center and make the same little strokes for the left side. The picture below shows what my lips look like with only the top lined.
I do the same with my bottom lip – start in the center and work my way out. When I’ve finished lining my lips, I use the lip liner to color in any spots around the creases of my lips that aren’t blending properly.
Voila! Lipliner is done 🙂
[4.] Clean up the edges.
No matter how hard I try, sometimes I get a little too excited when “slapping it on” or get a little too shaky when lining my lips. I use a cotton swab to help remove smudges. If I feel like I’ve made a really bad line, I smooth some foundation around my lips.
[5.] Smile because you did it!
I’d love to know – what’s your favorite lipstick? Will you use these tips?
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