THAT PERFECT RED LIP
There’s a saying that goes, “If it isn’t perfect, it isn’t a red lip,” which we now know not to be true, but the saying was probably coined in an era when women were expected to be perfect—aka the ’40s. And while we do enjoy blurred, tinted lips, there are also days that demand for the confidence an ultra-precise red lip can give us. Big presentation? Crucial interview? Important dinner? No worries, the power lip has your back. Start this look after you’ve finished your foundation because the first step to an impeccable lip is covering your base (including the edges of your lips). Step two: Lightly set your foundation with setting powder. Step three: Line lips either with lip liner, or if it’s opaque enough, your lipstick itself. Try NARS’ Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman (price unavailable, Rustan’s). Step four: Fill in the whole lip. Have a cotton bud and micellar water ready just in case—the water-based makeup remover is better for spot correction than an oil-based one, which might smudge the rest of your face.