Friday, 3 August 2012

Pucker Up.

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick."

Gwyneth Paltrow hit the nail on the head when she came out with this line a couple of years ago - is there anything more elegant than a slick of red lippie on a lady?!

Red lips is a basic beauty look that every girl should master, because there's nothing quite like it to take a look from oh-so-boring to oh-so-fabulous in the space of a few seconds. It's also a beauty statement in its own right, and should never, ever be worn with another bold look (like a smokey eye) as it can quickly take the look from lady-like to lady-of-the-night, so resist the urge to layer on heavy eyeshadow and kohl when you're donning a punchy pout.

The issue I have with red lipstick is how damn messy it gets- I tend to finish my night looking a little worse for wear when I've applied a red lip, as it slides and melts off my lips by the end of the evening - this isn't exactly an elegant look! So I decided to look further than mere sticks and glosses for long-lasting colour...

Credit: Rex

I've already mentioned how much I love Maxfactor Lasting Lip Tint in this post, but I recently bought this fabulous little item in the shade Passion Red, which gives the perfect injection of matt bright red (take a queue from Sienna Miller above, a matt pout looks better!), minus the worry of smearing and feathering, as you'd get with your regular lipstick.
So here is a step-by-step guide to using Lasting Lip Tint to give you a gorgeous scarlet pout....

1. Exfoliate
Flawless, smooth lips are key to this look, so grab your toothbrush, wet the bristles and scrub, scrub, scrub to remove dry skin.

2. Moisturise
Once your lips are flake-free, apply a light lip-balm... my absolute favourite is Kiehl's Lip Balm.
Wait 5 - 10 minutes for your balm to be absorbed before you...

3. ... Apply your colour 
Take your Passion Red Lip Tint pen and use as you would a lipstick (no need for lip liner, as this stuff doesn't feather!) - apply to your lips and build up the colour by adding a coat or two more once the previous coat has dried (which takes under a minute).

4. Blot
Once your final coat has dried, take a tissue and lightly blot your lips to even the colour and remove any excess product.

5. Apply gloss (optional)
If you prefer a shiny red pout, apply gloss over your lips.

Your look is complete... mwah!

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