Red hot! This is your path to a perfectly polished red lip
It’s our favourite shade for a reason! This is your path to a polished red lip.
It was the runway that fuelled our current lipstick obsession: pure red lips in gloss or matte finishes. Paired with a face that had little else going on gives the classic red lip a modern twist. “There’s something cool about a red lip with minimal makeup because it looks effortless and fresh,” says makeup artist Diane Kendal.
Her essential tools: the classic blue-based matte red lipstick, a lip brush and transparent loose powder. “I fill in lips with the pencil,” says Diane, “and then really work the lipstick in with a brush. Next, I use a pencil to perfect the edges.” TRY  M·A·C Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Trust In Red (R235). Diane dusts powder on top to make it stay, but for everyday use, you can forgo the powder and just blot with a tissue.
Maybelline New York Global makeup artist Yadim took a similar liner-and-lipstick approach for the equally bold look at Jason Wu. “To keep the pigment strong, I put a thin layer of concealer on lips before adding the colour and liner,” he explains. “I blot with tissue, then I do another layer of lipstick and lip liner to intensify it.” TRY  Maybelline New York Colorsensational Lipstick in Red Revolution (R124.95).
Find your red
“Red lipstick is the easiest way to look pulled together,” advises Troy. “It instantly dresses up your face.” Unsure of which shade to use? He recommends choosing one based on your eye colour, which is a neat throwback to the famous ’80s how -to-find-your-colour book Colour
Me Beautiful (Random House, R352).
Make it last
Half the battle with lipstick is keeping it intact postapplication. For the top lip (where colour is more likely to smudge, feather or bleed), celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt lines and fills it in with a matching lip pencil. On the bottom (where colour tends to stay), a dab of concealer or highlighter just below the lip line is enough. Sometimes, heavily pigmented colours can be tricky to remove at the end of the night. Your best bet? Micellar water. It contains a group of molecules called micelles that act like dirt magnets, lifting the most stubborn makeup. We like the travel-sized Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (R34.95).