Rue How-To: Get a Perfect Red Lip

I love a great red lip. While a burgundy color is fall’s hottest hue, nothing can beat the color of true red (at least in my opinion). It’s instantly classic, polished, and knows how to make a statement.

For some, applying – and wearing – red lipstick can be a little intimidating, but with these simple steps and the right shades, you’ll be falling in love with this beloved lip color, fast. Not sure what the right shade is? Find your skin tone temperature, then pick a blue-hued or orange-hued lipstick to match. When in doubt, visit your nearest makeup counter – they’ll pair you up with the perfect color red.

1. On model Amber, makeup artist Rachael used a classic deep red shade: Bobbi Brown Red. Apply a light coat of lipstick with a standard lip brush.

2. Take a well-sharpened lip liner and apply to the natural lip line. You can extend the lip as needed. For this, Rachael used MAC‘s lip pencil in Cherry.

3. Fill in any missing spots with the liner. For extra long-lasting wear, apply powder to the whole lip, then follow with another layer of lipstick to prevent bleeding and keep the color for hours. Want to tone down the matte look? Apply a clear coat of gloss to soften things up.

4. Blot lips with a tissue to keep the color from sticking.

After the day has ended, red lipstick can be hard to remove. Rachael’s secret? Unscented baby wipes or Vaseline. Works like a charm.

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

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