As soon as the clocks turn back, the holiday party invites start rolling in. And when it comes to holiday beauty, there isn’t a classic beauty look to accompany your little black dress better than a perfect red lip. But how do you get your pout to look flawless through more than one cocktail? We turned to David Vincent, international makeup artist at Lise Watier for his tips on getting and keeping the perfect red lips.
Find your perfect shade
You’ve probably read articles that detail the right lipstick shade for your skin tone: blue-toned (almost magenta) reds look best with skin with pink undertones, while warmer orangey-reds look best with warmer skin tones. But those rules don’t really stand anymore. Says Vincent, “pick a red in the same range of your skin tone if you prefer a more subtle look.” But, he adds, “by going against your colour complexion, the look will be more contrasting and that will bring more impact to your lips.”
So, if you have skin with pink or blue undertones (look at the veins in your arms, are they blue or purple?) then a blue or pinky-red will look classic. A yellow, orange or brown-red will make a statement. Alternately, if you have darker skin or skin with yellow or warm undertones (veins will appear more green), an orange-red will look classic while a blue-red will stand out.
Vincent’s favourite red lipstick right now is Lise Watier’s Rouge Fondant Suprême in Emma, an almost neutral red, perfect for many skin tones and not so bold or bright that it should scare a first-time red-wearer away. The formula is also conditioning, like a lip balm, so your lips won’t look dry by the end of the night.
How to apply your red so it stays put
Vincent recommends exfoliating and moisturizing lips the night before your red lip debut and then following these steps:
- The day you plan on wearing red lips, start your application with a makeup base, like a primer, all over your lips.
- Follow by lining your lips with a lip liner. Blend the line then fill in both top and bottom lip, too. If you switch lipstick shades often, try a neutral or invisible liner so you never have to search for the coordinating pencil for each lip colour.
- Next, says Vincent, “apply the lipstick on the upper lip first with a lip brush.” You get a more precise application and better control of the quantity of lipstick when you use a brush, he says. If, however, you’re looking for a subtle, more stained effect, you should apply lipstick with your fingertip.
- After brushing lipstick onto lips, squeeze your lips together and finish by applying the lipstick where needed on the bottom lip. Blot lips on a tissue to remove any excess lipstick. If, after blotting, your lips lack the intensity you’re looking for, Vincent suggests reapplying just a tiny amount to get the colour or moisture you crave.
- Finally, place a single ply of tissue over your lips and apply a sweep of translucent setting powder. The tiny amount of powder that transfers through the tissue will make sure your lipstick stays on and doesn’t easily wear off.
From left: Lise Watier Makeup Base for Eyes and Lips; Lise Watier Virtual Lip Contour; Lise Watier Lip Brush; Lise Watier Sensational Kiss Lips Soft Exfoliating Balm; Lise Watier Spa Fondant Moisturizing Lip Therapy; Lise Watier’s Rouge Fondant Suprême in Emma