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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Make-up how to: The dewy, red lip

The classic red lip is timeless, elegant and bold. I can't deny that I  love an alluring red lip, especially when teamed with a slight swish of eyeliner and elongated lashes. Alexa Chung's publicist, Liz Matthews, wrote that Alexa taught her to-
"apply red lipstick if you're tired. The idea is people look at your lips and not your eyes".
Too many cosmos? A little too much pinot?  The dewy, red lip is your solution the next morning and the glossy finish tones down the colour for day. I use a subtle, yet rich colour, Maybelline colour sensational lipstick in 'Hollywood Red'. Why not be daring and wear a more vivid colour like Gwen Stefani's signature fire-engine red?

Here's how to achieve the look;

Step One- Line the edges of your lips with a lip liner matching the colour of the lipstick you intend to use. I'm using Maybelline colour sensational lip liner in 'Hollywood Red'. Pay particular attention to your cupid's bow, defining the dip in the upper lip.        

 Step Two- Apply a coat of lipstick within the lines of the lip liner.

 Step Three- Blot with a tissue. Fold the tissue in half and close your mouth around the tissue to get rid of excess lipstick. Then dab a light amount of transparent powder on the lips so the colour stays put for longer.

 Step Four- Apply another coat of lipstick. Then, for the dewy effect, apply lip balm in the centre of the lips. This makes lips appear more voluminous and the dewy finish isn't quite as severe as matte for adding red lipstick into your everyday makeup.

The finished effect:

Hope you have found this useful! Have a great weekend.

NG <3


  1. I'm still looking for my perfect red lipstick! Looks like you already found one!
    It looks great on you!
    I'm your newest follower!

  2. love red lipstick! great steps u've put up..looking stunning : )


  3. It looks stunning xx

  4. Thanks for the use friendly tutorial, I have been meaning to attempt red haute lipstick and this has inspired me to try, it suits you so well!

  5. painting my lips red is my go-to fashion fix!
    try the kate moss rimmel color in 001 - it's literally the perfect shade of red xx

  6. This looks beautiful! I love a red lip!

  7. great post ! red lips look great on you !
    not sure if i could get away with it though....

  8. Red suits you very well!Looks really good!
    I don`t wear red lipstick that often,but now you make me wanna try it!

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!I hope you try the recipe,although you don`t like coffee that much!


  9. Thanks for sharing such a nice post! Also a very large 'thank you' for taking the time to leave a comment for me!
    Have a happy time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra

  10. I love red lips, so classic :) you look amazing with your take on it!

    thanks btw for the lovely comment on my blog, following you now :)
    Metallic Paws

  11. I am loving my red lips at the minute :) I followed your blog, very nice and easy tutorial.

  12. lovely lipstick! you look so pretty

    from helen at thelovecatsinc // youtube

    ps. enter my new giveaway to win the UD naked basics palette, real techniques brushes and essie polishes! click here.

  13. Looks so pretty on you! I love Gwen Stefani when she wears a red lip, no one does it better I think! xxx

  14. Sweet info to know. Definitely, a great time to try it.

  15. I really love red lips! It looks beautiful on you :-)

    xoxo The Daily Fashion Drug

  16. It's not easy to find the perfect red lipstick as there are so many reds which suit different people but the one you have chosen really looks good on you.

  17. Fab tips! I love red lipstick x

  18. This is so helpful, my red lipstick always seems to "bleed" and smudge slightly, I am going to try this!!

    Red lipstick really suits you, mini Gwen Stefani!

    E x

  19. Great pictures! I'm a huge fan of a red lip.

  20. The color is amazing and look just perfect on you !

    what do you think of following each other on bloglovin' and GFC ? let me know

    much of love,

  21. Lovely post and blog! I'm your newest follower :) Would you mind checking out our blog & following back via GFC and Bloglovin'? Looking forward to your next post!


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