Monday, December 2, 2013

Makeup Monday: How to Get the Perfect Red Lips (Updated Tutorial)





Products used: 1) MAC Prep + Prime Lip, 2) Melt Cosmetics "Belladonna 2" Lipstick, 3) Urban Decay retractable lip brush, 4) MAC "Redd" lip pencil. See this post for more of my favorite red lipsticks. 
I've done a red lip tutorial before, but just as I updated my brow tutorial, I felt it was time to do the same for the perfect red lip. It's pretty similar, but with reversed steps. Instead of lining first, I've found that saving the liner for last greatly increases precision. I made a cheat sheet (above) for reference of these four easy steps:
  1. PRIME: Apply primer to well-hydrated and exfoliated lips (I like to exfoliate with a mixture of honey, sugar, and a little bit of Aquaphor). Make sure to prime just outside the perimeter of your lips, too - this will keep it from feathering.
  2. APPLY: Straight from the tube. This will give you the most concentrated color. It doesn't have to look perfect; that's what the next steps are for.
  3. REFINE: Pick up some lipstick with your lip brush and start fine-tuning. I like the retractable lip brush because I can carry it with me, for touch ups!
  4. PERFECT: Go in with your lip pencil and perfect those lines. It's always best to step away from the mirror and come back with fresh eyes, to make sure you're keeping everything relatively symmetrical. If you have any issues, just dip a concealer brush in a bit of makeup remover (or concealer) to clean up your mess. 
p.s. I'm wearing a ban.do twist scarf, and the eyeshadow is MAC Carbon with Too Faced Glitter Glaze in "Goldie Rocks" on top.

30 comments:

  1. Love the Holiday vibe in your make up !

    XX Luba

    Urban chic look with cozy sweater and coated jeans, today on
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  2. Wow the perfect red lips. Love it :)

    xx Mira

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  3. I love your lips... Gonna try this on me!

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  4. that is a perfect red lip!

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  5. I love this red lips this color is really bombesque. love
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  6. I think you should put the lipliner first ;)
    xoxo!

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    1. As I mentioned in this post, I used to apply lip liner first. But I've found that the primer works well as a barrier, and the liner is great for perfecting the lines. Otherwise you're still left with lines that need blending (between the lipstick and liner). It's a matter of preference; there's no right or wrong.

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    2. I hate how my lipstick disappears and leaves lines -- looking forward to trying your new method asap! Thanks again for another fabulous tutorial. xoxo.

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  7. great tutorial :)

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  8. Thanks maybe now I'll b able to perfect my red lip.

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  9. red lips are my favorite. i seriously need a primer though.

    <3
    heather
    fashionistanygirl.com

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  10. The primer has to be the secret here! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. damn i cant buy the lipstick in Germany, the rich red colour is awesome

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  12. I still haven't fully broken out my Belladonna 2. I've been too obsessed with the Shady Lady! This is a good reminder. ;)

    Shani x
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  13. Great tutorial! You always have the best red lips!
    ~Ashleigh {Dazzle by Day}
    www.dazzlebyday.com

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  14. perfect red lips indeed!

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  15. This is a very helpful tutorial! I'll use your advice the next time I apply lipstick, Thanks!!

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  16. Your red lip and teeth are perfect. I need to get my hands on Mac prep and prime lip.

    P.xx
    GreyWalls

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  17. Love this make-up! You have gorgeous lips

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  18. Ugh, if only it were easy. Your lipstick is always perfect!

    Naomi
    LOST+FOUND

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  19. Helpful step-by-step, Keiko! This shade of red is stunning on you! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  20. perfect red lip! love it
    xo,
    maddie

    http://feelingmagenta.blogspot.com/

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  21. Red lipstick is my favorite, in fact, I am sporting it every day this week on King & Kind ! I love your picks.

    Amber
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  22. Love this tutorial! Thank you so much! I am a huge red lipstick fan! I wore it on my wedding day and believe there is nothing more classic! Your blog is one of my very favorites! I'm obsessed! :) -Rachel

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  23. You wear red lipstick better than anyone!

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