Are you ‘well red’?

It’s absolutely no secret that I love to do a red lip. It’s my fall back, my ‘safe’ colour. However not all reds are created equal and not all reds should be applied the same way. Warmer skin tones should gravitate towards cooler, blue undertone reds like MAC’s Russian Red or Nars Dragon Girl/Cruella. While cooler skin tones can pull of a warmer, orange undertoned red such as Mac’s Ruby Woo or Nars Audacious Lipstick in Lana. Everyone has a different preference for pigment and moisture level in formulas but when it comes to reds, I would go all or nothing. I prefer satin to matte formulas with full pigmentation.  No cherry tints or glosses here! 

Doesn’t matter what shape or how plump your lips are, using a liner such as the NYX or Chanel ones above is a vital part of pulling off and continuing to pull of a bold red even after 14 hours. Nars lip pencils and Mac lipsticks are a great way to start delving into reds as both are require no fuss application and easy to control. Liquid to matte formulas such as the Rimmel and Limecrime pictured here require a bit more practice and a steady hand but both have more staying power. Like I mentioned in my lip service post, one of the most important factors of lipstick application is conditioning your lips beforehand. Using a gentle scrub and a nice moisturizing balm before you slap on the colour is going to minimise any flakiness and maximise colour saturation.