How do I wear classic red lipstick every day without looking overly made-up? Classic red lipstick is usually worn with a fully made-up face for a sophisticated look. However, a more casual way of wearing red lips has emerged on the runways.
Spring/Summer 2016 shows by brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana and Jason Wu all featured models with bold shades of cherry lips and nearly bare faces. The casual update makes statement red lips easier to wear for everyday and a more youthful look.
Senior artist at MAC Cosmetics Louise Zizzo, originally from England and currently based in California, shares some tips on how to get the look:
- Go for a cherry colour
What you want is more of a cherry red instead of an orange red. Anything too orange could make your teeth look yellow.
- Keep the rest of the face almost bare
Apply just a light base foundation and some highlighter or strobe cream on the cheeks.
- Prime the lips
Use a lip conditioner and blot it off before applying the lipstick. This will make the lips smoother for lipstick to be applied on and help keep them moisturised.
- Play with colour and shading
You can do a very bold lip, with the colour being very vivid. If you are not confident about pulling that off, keep it light instead. Use a lip brush to put on a light layer of lipstick, blotting off any excess to create a stained look for more subtle red lips.
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Text: Melissa Heng