STEP 1 PENCIL IT IN
Since red is a bold colour, creamy lipsticks can smear or bleed. But lip liners have thicker texture, so they stay put. To make lips look fuller, first, use a concealer in the middle of the lips. Then blend outwards with your finger. Finally, fill in the colour with a lip pencil.
Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres in 57 Rouge Profond, Rs 1,750
M·A·C Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in What a Blast, Rs 1,800
Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil in Tangelo, Rs 1,225
Maybelline Colorsensational Lip Liner in Hollywood Red, Rs 250
STEP 2 Make It Last
If your lipstick vanishes quickly, make it stay by adding layers.
To make your lip line sharper and to make the colour pop, line the outside of your lips with a concealer pen.
a. Prep your lips with an exfoliating lip scrub like The Body Shop’s LipScuff, which gently exfoliates and moisturises.
The Body Shop LipScuff, Rs 700
b. Use a concealer or compact powder as a base for the lipstick.
Colorbar Perfect Match Compact, Rs 725
c. To define lips perfectly, apply lipstick with a lip brush.
M·A·C Lip Brush in 318, Rs 1,800
d. For extra power, use a matte lipstick. For full coverage, don’t forget to fill in the inner corners of your lips.
Maybelline Bold Matte Lipstick in Mat 4, Rs 425
e. Add another layer of concealer and lipstick to lock the colour, then top it up with a gloss.
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss, `2,400
STEP 3 Try a New hue
The latest in red that awaits you at beauty counters.
M·A·C RED RED RED Lipstick in Lady Bug, Rs 1,450
Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Candied Red, Rs 2,100
Lakmé 9 to 5 Creaseless Créme Lipstick in Flaming Function, Rs 450
Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Crimson, Rs 1,600
Avon Extra Lasting Lipstick in Eternal Flame, Rs 499
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Carousel Rose, Rs 2,000
STEP 4 Pair with the right eyes
The general rule: pair red lips with minimal eyes. That means you should skip colourful shadows and liners, but feel free to add definition with a winged liner, black kohl, tonnes of mascara, and even a light smokey eye.
STEP 5 TRY A TWO TIMER
To get flushed cheeks and just-bitten rosy lips, try these double-duty stains that work well both as a lip and a cheek tint.
Dior Cheek & Lip Glow, Rs 2,300 approx
Benefit Benetint, Rs 2,460
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain, Rs 850
STEP 6 KNOW YOUR TONE
The perfect red for you will make all the difference, making your skin look brighter (or too intense). To get it right, remember the three tones: blue (cool), orange (warm), or a mix (neutral). Fair skins are usually cool, so blue-reds work best (as do pinkish reds). If you have yellow or olive undertones, you’re ‘warm’ and orange-reds will look great. If you’re a ‘neutral’, shades show their true colour on you, which means what you see is what you’ll get.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Intense in Ruby, Rs 825
Dior Rouge Dior in Rouge Zinnia, Rs 2,600
M·A·C RED RED RED Collection Creme Sheen Glass in Meteoric, Rs 1,800
Maybelline Superstay 14HR in Non Stop Red, Rs 575
Colorbar Take Me As I Am in Sensuous Red, Rs 900
Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict in Orange Candy, Rs 800
STEP 7 Don’t Stain THOSE Teeth
Creamy textures and bold colours can rub off on teeth easily. To avoid that, form an ‘O’ with your mouth around your finger, then gently slide out the finger. This (mildy strange) little trick will get all the excess colour on your finger.
STEP 9 Master Sexy BIG LIPS
Define lips with the edge of the lipstick.
Swipe on some colour and blot to create a stain-like effect.
Use a clear lip liner or the tip of a gloss, above your Cupid’s bow and under the lower lip. The gloss enhances the pouty-parts.
For an even plusher effect, apply gloss to the centre of your mouth in a heart shape.
STEP 9 Do the Boost
To plump up lips instantly, try glosses like Dior’s Lip Maximizer or Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker, which are infused with collagen and marine fibres that make lips appear pouty. For a DIY idea, dab some cinnamon oil on lips. The spicy oil can burn (be careful!), so mix it with some balm first. And if you’re a devoted lip plumpee, try a lip enhancer like the tube-y thing below—it creates a suction that swells lip size and adds more shape.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker, Rs 1,100
Pure Cinnamon Essential Oil, Rs 295, @amazon.in
Lip Plumper Enhancer, Rs 700 approx, @ebay.com
Dior Addict Lip Maximizer, Rs 2,350
STEP 10 LEARN FROM A PRO
Namrata Soni, Beauty Expert, L’Oréal Paris, spills the beans on how to get the perfect red pout.
1. Red is a classic shade—it’s best worn by itself! Keep the rest of your make-up clean and fresh when sporting a red lipstick.
2. Use a glossy or creamy texture to make thin lips appear fuller.
3. If you have fuller lips, use a matte textured lipstick to enhance the lip’s natural shape.
4. Medium shape lips can get away with any texture—matte, glossy or creamy.