Beauty Must-Have for Fall: The Red Lip
This season, the classic red lip look gets a new spin
-Paige Herman Axel
One makeup trend that we see strutting down the catwalk year after year is the red lip. But this fall, put the shine away and go for a bold pop of color minus the gloss. There’s a whole spectrum of red hues to choose from, and your coloring dictates the best shade for you. There’s a lot of buzz about warm and cool colors, but if you’re anything like me, that doesn’t help much when perusing the aisles at the drugstore. When choosing a red lipstick, my best advice is to enlist the help of a pro, which means hitting the department store. But heading to the mall doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg – lines like Clinique and M.A.C offer lipsticks that cost only a few dollars more than their mass-store counterparts, and that extra money goes a long way when finding the perfect red. While you’re there, try to step outside in the sunlight before you buy so you’re sure that you like the look. And since most of us aren’t rocking a red lip every day, you can justify spending a little extra cash since you’ll have that tube of lipstick for a while.
Ones to try:
Remember, matte is key for fall, and I just love Clinique’s Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick. The “Red Hot” shade is just that, and it delivers superior color without drying the lips. $14, clinique.com
M.A.C products are a staple in my makeup bag, and luckily for us they have a few matte red hues to choose from. Check out “Chili,” “Russian Red,” “Ruby Woo” and “Lady Danger.” I’m willing to bet that one of these looks amazing on you. $14, maccosmetics.com
If you’re looking to splurge, Chanel makes some rockin’ reds (and you’ll feel oh-so fancy when you bust out the tube to touch up your pout). One of Coco Chanel’s trademarks was her red lips, and you can pay homage to the legendary style maker by trying “Coco Red,” “Lotus Rouge” or “Splendeur” Rouge Hydrabase Crème Lipstick. $28.50; chanel.com
Get the look:
With the right technique, your red lips can last all night long!
1. Apply foundation to your lips. This makes for a nice canvas that color can adhere to. Then, dust with translucent powder.
2. Line your lips with a lip liner that matches your skin tone. M.A.C “Spice” pretty much works on anyone.
3. Use a lipstick brush to apply your lipstick, taking care not to go “outside the lines.” Less is more here, since you really want your lips to absorb the color so it lasts.
4. Blot lips with a tissue and apply a second coat of lipstick with your brush.
5. To touch up, lightly dab your lips with your lipstick (there’s no need to tote along your brush).