Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Red Lip

The Inspiration

I have always wanted to try a red lip for the longest time, but was intimidated on how to pull this look off. I went to Sephora and got a quick makeup lesson and decided to take the plunge.

Because I have a darker skin tone, they suggested that I use a more matte red, that's not super bright. We tried different shades of red, and finally settled on Kat Von D's "Hellbent." Since a red lip is super precise, you have to apply it using a lip brush. Applying it directly will be a bit messy and not have that effect that you want (you don't want to look clown-ish!). I personally don't like to use lip liner just because it's hard to perfectly match your lipstick shade, and it's just too much work. I'm all about being easy, and not spending too much time on my makeup.

The Steps

Since I'm not a makeup expert by any means, I decided to use Keiko Lynn's makeup tutorial. She uses lip liner in her post, and I opted to go without; but, it's all up to you! Here are her steps:

1. Moisturize your lips. You don't want chapped lips because you want the application to be as smooth as possible!
2. Use a lip brush to apply your red hue of coice
3. Clean up the edges of your lips with a concealer and brush. This will hide your mistakes and prevent your lipstick from bleeding. 
4. Blot and you're done!

Finished Product
*Note: image is blurry on purpose! I instagramed this and made sure to highlight the red lip!*


  1. Love the red lips! Wish I could pull it off! Following your blog now :)

  2. I used to be so scared of the red lip and then last year I just started slowly phasing it into my beauty routine. Love your tips and inspiration photos!

    Life Unsweetened

  3. I haven't taken the plunge with red lips because like you I haven't found the right shade and it is a little intimidating. You look super cute with your red lips. Thanks for the tutorial; I might go to the mall now and get me my perfect shade! :) Your newest follower!

  4. Sometimes I can pull red lips off depends on the shade of red. You my dear pull it off really well. :) I love it!

    xo - Sheila

  5. I used to be afraid of the red lip, but now I've embraced it! I think it can definitely be a bit tricky at first, but the key is finding the right shade. Personally, I use MAC's Russian Red and I love it! It's all about finding the right shade of red for your own skin tone. You look gorgeous, by the way--totally rocking the red!

    With love from San Francisco, California,

  6. Great job, I love red lips and that's the perfect shade.

    <3 Cambria

  7. Need to practice! Love it!

  8. This looks like perfection - I suck as applying lipstick!!! Thanks so much for the visit to my blog and leaving the lovely comment. I've followed you on GFC hope you followed mine of you enjoyed your visit!!!

    xx Marla

  9. I love the sexiness and elegance a rich red lip creates xoxo
    thanks for the love honey, I'm following you now!

  10. I really need to try a red lip! Great inspiration

    xo, Courtney

  11. You look gorgeous! I love a red lip but I swear I always look like a clown when I try!


  12. the red color sure look great on you! I have always wanted to try red lip!


  13. I love the way red lips look, but I've also been a bit intimidated to try it on myself. It looks great on you!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  14. The red color looks so pretty on you! ^^

    Would you like to follow each other? :)


  15. LOVIN on the finished product darling!!! XOXOXOXOX
    Obviously Obsessed 

  16. i love the red lips. you look so gorg! btw, thank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog. xO!


Thank you for all your lovely comments!


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