If there’s one beauty look that screams vintage siren, it’s a red lip and a feline flick. Gwen Stefani and Rita Ora rock scarlet lips with aplomb, while Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson work a deeper hue to great effect. A bold red lip is a beauty classic and once you’ve found the perfect shade for you, it will see you through everything from dates to dinners and of course that all-important hen party. It can be classy and elegant, or hip and edgy, but one thing is for sure; a red lip never goes out of fashion.
Here is our guide on how to find your perfect red.
Fair skin with pinky undertones calls for a red with a slight raspberry hue. Aim for cooler undertones, steering well away from warm shades, and you’ll flatter your fair complexion to perfection.
Actress Emma Stone often turns to a bold red lip for red carpet appearances, banishing the misconception that red heads should avoid the look. Coral reds with an orange tint can warm up a pale complexion and look incredible paired with those amazing locks.
Red heads aren’t the only ones who can pull off an orange lip. Olive skin tones really pop against orange shades, so layer on the lippy and make the most of that gorgeous Mediterranean complexion.
Blondes with medium complexions can rock the Holy Grail of red lippy; the true red. Channel Marilyn Monroe and her unique blend of Old Hollywood chic with a slick of red with a slightly blue undertone. Perfect the feline flick and you’ll have a screen siren look to see you through any occasion in style.
Caramel skin tones evoke ultimate glamour when paired with a plum lip. Be sure to look for a brownish shade to make your features pop, especially if you’re a brunette.
Deep wine lips can drain the colour from many skin tones, but tan skin calls out for a dramatic merlot shade. Pair bold raisin lips with paired back eye makeup for a seriously sexy evening look.
Red lips really pop against darker skin tones. Matte textures look incredible in blue undertones while deep ruby shades transform your whole look for sultry night times.
Now you’ve picked your perfect red, you’ll need to know some application tips to make the most of those incredible lips.
Bleeding is the biggest bugbear when it comes to perfecting the red lip. Whatever your perfect red, help it stay put by dusting your lips with pressed powder before applying your lipstick.
Bigger is better
When it comes to lips, bigger is better. Make yours look lush by combining two shades; apply a cool tone all over the lips, before adding a warm tone to the centre of the lips only.
A red lip that stays put is the Holy Grail for lippy lovers. The secret to lipstick longevity is laying the groundwork and building from the bottom up. Line the lips in a waterproof lip pencil, before applying two layers of lipstick straight from the tube. Finally, finish with a slick of long wearing lip cream.
If a full on red lip seems a mighty big commitment, keep it casual with a muted tint instead. Use your finger to apply lipstick by patting it into the lips. The overall effect will be effortless, thanks to softer edges, lending an Alexa Chung vibe to your look.
The saying may speak of ‘something blue’ but we think something red can work amazingly for the big day itself. Perfectly moisturised lips tinted with a scarlet hue can look just the right side of sexy. A wedding day red lip is perfect for those opting for a 1940’s or 1950’s look; be bold and pair with a pin curl for vintage drama, or keep it soft with muted lips and nonchalant waves.
Will you be rocking a red lip on your big day or will your hens be putting their own spin on vintage beauty’s favourite look?