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