The Paw Print
One of my favorite fall trends every year is red lips, whether they are berry or fire engine red, I enjoy the look of red lips on any body in the fall and winter months. However, red lips can go terribly wrong, terribly fast. Lucky for you, I know a few tricks that will help you rock the red lips this fall/winter.
The first and most important part of rocking red lips is making sure the color you are wearing is the right color for you. Lighter skin tone shades should go for a lighter, brighter red. Think 1950s red for light skin tones. Medium skin tones should go for a darker, bright red, something with an orange/yellow undertone. Darker skin tones should go for berry reds. Try a raspberry or cranberry color. If you can’t seem to find just the perfect color, a universal lipstick that I am convinced looks fantastic on any skin tone is MAC’s Ruby Woo ($14, maccosmetics.com.)
Now that you have just the right shade for you, time to exfoliate your lips. It sounds weird, but it is a necessary step. Red lip shades will highlight dry, flaky lips that Chap Stick can cover up. For this you can make a simple scrub of honey and organic sugar, or you can gently brush your lips with a clean toothbrush. Your lips will feel odd for about five minutes after you exfoliate, but after that they will be so smooth and soft, you’ll want to touch them constantly!
Now that we have prepped our lips, you need to line your lips. Choose a lip liner shade as close to your lipstick as possible. Start lining your lips along the natural shape. Do not, I repeat, do not, draw you lip line outside of your natural line, no matter how you draw the line; you will look like a clown. It will be really obvious and people will notice. After you have followed the natural outline of your lips, fill in your lips with the lip liner, this will help the lipstick last longer, and avoid the red outline that happens to your lips when you drink or eat something. After filling in your lips, apply the lip color; apply just enough to cover the lip liner. Adding too much lipstick will make the lipstick come off quicker and draw attention to the fine lines in your lips.Finally, take your concealer and blend it around the outline of your mouth. This will help make your color really pop! It makes the lips look slightly bigger as well. Make sure you blend out the concealer, or else it will look very obvious, this is where a concealer brush would come in handy, but don’t fret if you don’t have one, fingers work well too!
Now you are ready to rock your red lips for fall. Compliments will flow like champagne during new years! Just be sure you have neutral eye make up. It will be too much if you try to draw attention to the eyes and the lips. Try to have light blush and bronzer as well. You don’t want to look like you are going out for Halloween! Enjoy the red lips and be sure to look forward to my next article in two weeks! For more you can also check out my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/dangirms.