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Makeup Artist Tips For Applying Red Lipstick

A Makeup Artists Explains How to Apply a Red Lip and Make it Last

In my personal opinion, there's nothing quite as timeless and chic as a red lip. But, when it comes to actually wearing and making a red lip last all day (and potentially, all night) the practicalities of it can start feeling a little too complicated.

So, in order to simplify the process, we spoke to makeup artist, Emma Chen, on set of the most recent Clarins shoot to find out her best tips for how to apply a red lip and make it last.

What is the best method for applying a red lip and making it last?

Firstly, I like to exfoliate the lips. Doing this prior to any lipstick application is essential! Next, I make sure the lips are moisturised. I leave a cream on the lips to absorb whilst I do the rest of the makeup. Lightly lining your lips is super important as it prevents the lipstick bleeding out. My pro tip is to use an angled brush to apply your product (I like Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant in 744s) to the outer line of your lips, this helps create sharp line and effectively controls the amount of product you apply.

Is priming the lips important? If so, what products do you recommend?

It is definitely important to prime! I like the MAC Cosmetics Prep and Prime lip balm.

Can you skip lip pencil?

You can create the same effect of a lip pencil with an angled brush, but it's not always essential. If you just want a stain to the lips a lipstick alone if the perfect go too.

Any tips to avoid getting lipstick on your teeth?

Blotting the lipstick on a tissue, or wearing a matte finish should avoid any red teeth disasters.

How can we prevent red lipstick from bleeding?

My trick is to put a tissue straight onto the lips after I've applied the lipstick. Using a large powder brush, dab over the tissue a light layer of setting translucent powder. This will mattify your lipstick and set it in place all day.

Image Source: Courtesy of Clarins
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