Beauty Blurb: Dare to lips!

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I never used to be that into lipcolor, but seeing how I'm always going through style/beauty phases, it was only a matter of time. This year, I started playing around more with lipsticks and lipstains in an attempt to be a little more adventurous with my makeup (and red always looks so good on those other bloggers I read about!).

So here's a basic tutorial, as well as a few tips, on how to achieve an easy, bold red lip!

  1. Start with bare lips lightly moisturized with balm.
  2. Carefully line the edges of your lips with a red lipliner (it doesn't have to match your lipstick exactly--just close enough). I'm using Rimmel London's Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer in '024 Red Diva'. It's slanted, which makes it easy to line the corners of your lips, as well as the cupid's bow (the little dip above your top lip). I like this color too because I've been able to use it with different shades of red, ranging from blue-reds to more orangey reds. Press your lips together lightly to make sure the lipliner color gets distributed evenly.
  3. Choose a highly pigmented, matte red lipstick. I'm using Maybelline's ColorSensational Lip Color in 'Are You Red-dy' (less than $5 on Amazon right now)--one of my favorites. It's a nice, rich true red. The formula is creamy and stays on pretty well.
  4. Do not apply the lipstick directly to your lips! Instead, use a lip brush (nothing too fancy or anything--I got mine for about $2 at Target) and carefully fill in your lips with the color. 
  5. Press your lips together to distribute the color completely and blot with a tissue to remove any excess lipstick. To keep the lipstick from getting onto your teeth (ahh!), simply place your finger inside your mouth like a popsicle and carefully pull it out. Ta-da! Any color that would've ended up on your teeth is now on your finger!
  6. Smile and show off your new red lips. ;D 

Be sure to keep the rest of your makeup minimal (I'm just wearing brown eyeliner and mascara) so that your lips stand out.

Hope you found this helpful!

What's your favorite lipstick? I'm always looking to try new brands and shades!

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the funky fashionista said...

Erica, you look so pretty with red lips. They are just so festive and perfect for the holiday season!

Jayme and Mendi said...

Love these red lips! I have a great red lipstick but need to get a liner to go with it!
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The Key To Chic said...

This is an awesome tutorial for the upcoming holidays, and red works on everyone! Tip $5 is so so helpful, I do that! Hope to see you on Sunday Erica (rocking red lipstick)!

Tere said...

great your look, i really love it!


Sydney H. said...

I'm a huge fan of red this :)

- Sydney xo

punkychewster said...

gosh you have an amazing smile!! and the color looks great on your lips!

Mimi said...

red lips are my answer to days when i don't want to do anything more than put concealer and lipstick on, haha. just put on your red lipstick and you're good to go. ;)

p.s. that lip color looks great on you!

<3, Mimi
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