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.

Glamour (South Africa) - - La Une -

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 [1] 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 [2] 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).

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