When it comes to red, there are two base colours you need to remember: orange (warm) and blue (cool). The latter generally looks better on women with darker skin, while a paler skin tone calls for an orange-base red. Before deciding whether this look is right for you or not, wear your red on three different occasions, and if you are still not feeling it, move on to a different shade of lipstick. If by the third time you really don’t want to take it off, congratulations, you have just found your new beauty best friend.
Red lipstick is powerful and sexy, and makes your smile fuller, and at times, your skin seem flawless.
1. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 51 La Boulversante, R505
2. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Decisive Poppy, R345
3. Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Gladiolus, R155
Ensuring the longevity of your red is paramount to this process. Once you’ve identified a red that matches your skin tone, remember to always wear it with a small amount of foundation applied to your mouth area, as it creates a flawless canvas for the colour.
If your lips are dry, apply a lip primer before lining them with a pencil, which also helps with the removal of the lipstick later on. Using a red or nude lip pencil, trace the lines of your top and bottom lips, and colour in the inner corners. Take your slanted nib and, starting at the ‘V’ of your top lip, stroke the lipstick outwards and then across your bottom lip. Blot with a tissue, then apply a second coat of lipstick. Keep your lipstick on hand for touch-ups throughout the day, and don’t forget to check your teeth for any lipstick stains.
1. Topshop Lip Primer in Everlast, R149
2. L’Oreal Color Riche Lip Liner Scarlet Rouge, R130
3. Catrice Long Lasting Lip Pencil in Sweet Nothing, R35
If you’re a first time red-wearer consider a satin-finish lipstick. This is the happy medium between a lip tint or a gloss and a creamy matte-finish red that will keep your lips hydrated, and looking chic.
For a subtle take on the look, pick a lip stain, or create your own by blotting a single coat of red lipstick well with a tissue. When wearing a red lip by day, keep the rest of your make-up muted, and at night add a simple black liner.
But it’s your attitude that matters most: whatever shade of red you love, wear it with confidence.