How to Achieve Power Red Lipstick

Red lipstick is a makeup mainstay and this season it is a must have for every wardrobe

How to do Power Red lipstick daniel thompson city style and living magazine fall 2015
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Red lipstick is a makeup mainstay and this season it is a must have for every wardrobe

Every woman should own at least one good, strong shade of red. When considering a red lipstick there are four colour families from which to choose: tomato; pink; plum; and blue. Generally speaking the deeper the skin tone the deeper the shade of red. Applying red lipstick is not difficult; it’s just very specific.  Application requires a steady hand and a certain level of precision.

1  Start by applying in the middle of the bottom lip being very careful to not go outside the natural lip line. Press the lips together rubbing the makeup around. This will transfer the colour to the top lip and create the natural shape.  Carefully apply additional lipstick to fill the small gaps in colour. Reds are powerful so small imperfections will appear.  It’s important to apply lip liner after the lipstick.

2  The lip liner can be a few shades darker or a few shades lighter than the lipstick; just ensure it is in the same colour family as the lipstick, otherwise it will be too obvious. When working with lip liner just carefully shape the edge of the mouth never overdrawing. The imperfections will disappear and the mouth will look finished.


Spa Quality Daniel Thompson Beauty The Lipstick #14.

Department Store YSL Beaute Rouge Pur #1.

DrugStore Rimmel Alsting Finish by Kate Moss #1.

Dan’s Tips For the Perfect Red Lip

Red lipsticks are very powerful so use them carefully.

Reds are appropriate for a night at the opera, going shopping or house hunting.

Reds are never correct for a job interview, a funeral or a wedding.

This beauty article first appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.