As you may well know I am not a HUGE fan of rules.
But when it comes to the Classic Red Lip I must make an exception.
It’s got to be done right.
It’s the black suit of lipstick. Sexy, timeless and has to be tailored perfectly to look good.
Rule #1: Pick a stick that will do just that…stick.
You want a long lasting product that promises not to go anywhere so that you can relax and not feel the need to check it compulsively. Like the one I am wearing in this photo, for instance.
Rule #2: Confidence is key
Siren lips are only as hot as you believe they are. So repeat after me: “Dang, I am lookin’ so sexy in this red lip. I’d totally buy me dinner.”
Rule#3: but…nothing kills your confidence like a case of lipstick teeth.
Ever have a great conversation with someone, you drive away feeling smart and witty and…WHAT? Lipstick teeth? Every word out of my mouth came with a side of lipstick teeth!? Don’t let this happen to you, after you apply put your finger in your mouth like your cleaning off some Cheeto residue. This will clean off all of the lipstick that could potentially end up on your pearly whites.
Rule #4: Call on your inner perfectionist for this one.
Lord knows I have to dig deep to find mine, I zone in, take a few deep breaths and resolve to take my time. I use a liner with my most careful hand to get a perfect outside line, then I fill the lip (with lip surgence) and finish the look by taking a lip brush and some concealer around the outside of my lip, this defines and perfects the look and keeps everything in place.
Rule #5: Wear the red you look good in even if it’s not the red Glamour told you to wear this season.
I tend to look better in darker ruby red and pink reds. So even though I can experiment with the more fashionable shade I always end up more comfortable in the reds that suit my skin tone. So, try all the reds you can get your hands on, but buy the one that makes you feel the prettiest, period.
Rule #6: Even if you don’t wear red tonight, you better wear it sometime.
Every woman should own a good red lipstick. Nothing makes you feel more dressed up and more feminine. I double dare you.