How to achieve a perfect Valentines day red lip
When you are considering doing a red lip it is important to not over do the makeup for the rest of your face. A flawless completion with neutral eyes and a light blush is all you need to compliment the center piece. Your lips. There are a lot of rules and guidelines about what colour of red to wear with your skin type. When you are looking for a red consider the tone of the lipstick if it is more on the warm side or on the cool side. For the most part a cooler red will seem a bit more blue and a warmer red will be a bit more on the orange side. You want to then see what undertone your skin has. For the most part it will be on the pink or yellow side. If you have a more pink undertone it is best to try and go with a cool red. If have a yellow undertone a warm red is more suited. These are just guidelines I recommend trying a few colours to see what you are most comfortable with.
Below is an example of warm Vs cool reds
The first step to creating a perfect lip is to make sure you hydrate. It is important to apply a lip balm and even to exfoliate our lips to make sure they are soft and smooth for the best lipstick application.
Once you have your lips nice and moisturized it is a good idea to line them with a clear lip liner. Something waxy that will help prevent the red from bleeding. If your lips are prone to bleeding it can be a good idea to line them again with a liner that matches your lipstick but it is not always necessary.
When applying the lipstick it is best to use a lip brush to ensure you will have a crisp line and even colour. something small but tapered is best.
After you have applied your lipstick a great trick to keep your lipstick in place, the line crisp and ensure you lips pop is to apply a thin line of concealer just around the outside of your lipstick. This helps provide a sharp contrast in colour and will help keep your lipstick in place.
Now you can decide if you are finished and happy with a matt look or if you want to bump it up with a gloss. A gloss can also be a great way to alter your lip colour slightly if you have picked a red that brighter or darker than you would like.
The following are a few examples of red lips and faces I have done