This Is the Best Technique for a Crisp Red Lip
Bold lipstick is striking but can be intimidating to DIY. These three tricks make it doable—and keep the look neat.
Red lips don’t have to be complicated. But, full disclosure, they do require a little effort. First buff your lips in a circular motion with a sugar scrub, like Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub ($11; lushusa.com). This gently removes dry skin that will look worse coated in color. Tissue off, then apply a dot of foundation with a sponge to make sure the lipstick’s true color shines through.
Trace your lips with a liner; a freshly sharpened pencil makes this easier and helps lips appear cleaner. Berry reds are great for fair complexions, orange-based reds suit medium skin, and wine and brick reds complement dark skin. Marc Jacobs Beauty (P)outliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil in Currant Mood 308 ($25; sephora.com) has universally flattering blue undertones.
Fill in your lips with the liner. This base will help lipstick last longer—and when it does wear off, you’ll still have some color beneath. Top with a lipstick in a similar shade. Instead of swiping the tube over lips, press for a more natural look. Erase any mistakes with a sponge (like Beautyblender, $20; sephora.com) and a dab of foundation.