Get This Season’s Perfect Pout
Red lips are always in style, and this season classic crimson has deepened to rich, ravishing shades of dark ruby and burgundy. These gorgeous hues are perfect for winter and look lovely on just about every skin tone. Unlike fall/winter 2012, however, this season’s wine-tinged rouge tends to be matte, not glossy.
If you’d like to try red lipstick but are a wee bit worried about looking like a clown or a painted hussy, fear not; just follow these simple tips from Phipps for the perfect red lipstick application:
- Start with smooth, well-exfoliated lips — red lipstick looks terrible on flaky lips. Try Red Apple Lipstick’s Exfoliate Stick and Rallye Balm for perfectly conditioned lips.
- Apply primer or foundation to neutralize your natural lip color — this will make the lipstick color appear more vivid.
- Line your lips with a neutral or soft red pencil. Keep the line just inside your natural lip line — this will keep the color from bleeding.
- Add your deep red lipstick of choice, blot and dust with translucent powder followed by another layer of lipstick. This will create long-lasting color with maximum impact.
The newest lipsticks come in velvety, buildable textures that are virtually mistake-proof. I love these balm-stain textures that don’t smear and lavish your lips with rich skin-conditioning emollients.
Try Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl This pencil is truly goof-proof!
Another favorite: Giorgio Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy in Four Hundred. The texture of this CC (“color correct”) lipstick is so moisturizing you can dispense with the lip balm.
The perfect deep wine red: Kevin Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Blood Roses.
A native Washingtonian, Beauty Blogger Lia Phipps is an interior designer with an irrepressible, life-long fascination with health and beauty. When she is not selecting fabrics and paint colors for clients, she occupies herself with trying new products and dispensing beauty advice to friends, acquaintances and anyone who is willing to listen to “Tips from Phipps”.