I love wearing red lipstick. It's amazing how much it can boost your self-confidence! I used to think that because of my darker skin colour, I couldn't wear brighter colours or even reds. It all changed when I tried the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 107, which is a darker shade of red. The fact I didn't absolutely hate it (hehe) was my cue to try more shades and now MAC's Ruby Woo is my favourite lipstick!
If you look up videos on YouTube on "how to apply red lipstick", you will find a multitude of techniques. I think my favourite might be this one by Lisa Eldridge. I will take anything she says on board and I'm on the same page as her when it comes to "when" to wear a red lip. My favourite is when I'm very casual, with a more natural looking make up and then there's that red lip that brightens things up. That's as glamorous as it gets for me! haha
You will notice in the video, there are a million steps you can take to make your lipstick last as long and look as perfect as it can. However, if I'm wearing red lips for a casual afternoon of shopping, I most likely will not bother doing all that. Instead, I have a very simple routine (if you can call two steps a "routine") that gives me the look I want!
All I need for this is a red lipstick and a red lip liner. Mine are from MAC Cosmetics, their lipstick in "Ruby Woo" and the lip liner in "Cherry". I first apply the lipstick straight from the bullet all over my lips without worrying too much about the edges. Then, I take the lip liner and use to perfect my lip shape and tidy up the edges. I then might blot my lips and apply a bit more lipstick, but that is very rare! I found this to be the quickest way to get the look I want and the matte finish of the lipstick makes it last all day!
Let this be a lesson to you all, there are no rules in make up!
Do you wear red lipstick? x