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> Six steps for applying classic red lipstick
RED lipstick is great for making an impression, but it’s not without its difficulties. It’s too easy to smear, and red unkindly emphasises chapped lips instead of letting them shine.
Experts give advice and explain how to get the perfect red pout in six easy steps. 1. Exfoliate: Lips are very sensitive, which makes them prone to drying out and tearing. Lipstick will not apply evenly to dry or chapped lips. Make-up artist Rene Koch recommends exfoliating the lips to make them smooth, finishing off with a lip balm.
2. Prime: Peter Schmidinger recommends using a primer as a support for the lipstick, which helps it stay on for longer.
“I apply it to the lips, making sure any wrinkles and crinkles are also covered up,” says the German make-up artist.
3. Line your lips: Koch recommends using a lip liner a shade darker than your lipstick. This helps give a flattering dimension to your lips, especially the double curve of your upper lip.
A firm pencil that has been sharpened is best.
“Lip liner can become greasy if it’s not stored in the refrigerator. You can also dip it in cold water before using it,” recommends Koch.
“I draw the outline with gentle, successive strokes,” says Schmidinger. “You don’t want to draw the line in one go, as this will look too severe and harsh.” Tightening the lips helps prevent the lip liner from smudging.
For the appearance of fuller, more exaggerated lips, go outside the line of your lips and draw them on slightly bigger than they actually are.
“The distance between the
(left) Red lipstick should be finished with a brush.