The Vixen Guide to Red Lips
During the holiday season, the colors are bright, the lights are glowing and the makeup is BOLD. Red lips are never more appropriate than right now.
During holiday parties or family photos, dare to be bold and choose to rock a crimson lip. With this Vixen Guide, we've got you covered from start to finish!
Before getting next to a tube of lipstick, take care of our natural lips. Any lipstick, (let alone red lipstick) will highlight cracks and flakes on your mouth. Since the winter is notorious for sucking the moisture from our pouts, get your lips in line by exfoliating.
Throw together a simple scrub by combining a tablespoon of granulated sugar, and a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix well! Swipe the mixture onto your lips and rub them together for 30 seconds. After rinsing off the exfoliant, your lips will feel soft and smooth.
Now, moisturize! Dab on a very moisturizing lip balm and let it sink in while you prepare for the next step.
Not everyone is born with perfectly symmetrical lips. Red lipstick is such a standout color, you want to make sure you achieve the perfect shape, even if it's an illusion.
Before lining the lips, take the extra step to conceal your natural lip. Mute out your lips by applying concealer or foundation using a brush, sponge or your finger. The concealing process will cause a bit of drying, so you'll be happy you moisturized.
In order to achieve a long lasting pout, lining your lips is an important step. First, select a liner that closely matches your chosen lipstick. Start at the cupid's bow of your lips and line your pout carefully. After you've drawn your ideal shape, shade in your lips with the side of the pencil.
Most women apply lipstick straight from the tube, which isn't the best method for a long lasting lip. Lipstick from the tube can pool in the crevices of our mouths causing an uneven application. Instead, take the time to use a lip brush and get the most from your red lips.
If you find a lip brush to be too small, use a concealer brush. Concealer brushes range in size, but they're big enough to cover the surface area of the lips, yet precise enough to achieve the sharp line of a lip brush.
After the first coat of lipstick, blot with a facial tissue and apply another coat. By repeating the application process you'll notice long lasting effects of your vibrant kisser.
Your red lip isn't complete without one last finishing touch: more concealer.
Red lips tend to bleed onto your face, but lining the area around your lips with concealer perfects any mistakes you may have made and keeps your lipstick in place. After, go over the concealer with translucent powder to set it in place.
Voilá! You now have a Vixen-approved pout.