I love award season… and pretty much only for the red carpet looks. The actual shows are way too long and run past my bed time, but all the glamour that’s shown off beforehand is the best part anyway. The past two red carpet events have served up some of the hottest new beauty looks, but there’s one that shows up time and time again over the years that is too classic to overlook: the red lip.
Keeping red lipstick looking great all day takes a little more effort than just one-and-done application. But a luscious red lip will always be in style, so knowing how to create the look is essential to any makeup repertoire.
What You Need:
- Just like when you prime your face and eyes, priming the lips will help your lipstick apply smoothly, and adhere better for a longer wear.
- Since matching reds can be a challenge, use a neutral lip liner to outline your lips. This will help define the shape but also create a second barrier so that your lipstick doesn’t feather.
- Using a lip brush is always a good idea when it comes to red lipstick. If you’re using liquid lipstick like I am, squeeze out and apply a small amount at a time and build up to your desired color strength. Otherwise, pick up some color from a lipstick tube onto the brush and do the same.
- Time to take your lips to the next level! Grab a couple Q-tips Precision Tips to start cleaning up the edges of your lipstick. The tapered ends are specifically designed for easy beauty touch ups, and provide a clean, precise outline to your bold lip. I use the Q-tips Precision Tips to help exaggerate my cupids bow, and swipe along the edge of my bottom lip for a crisp pout.
The Q-tips Precision Tips are portable and convenient to throw in your clutch for touch ups, like after eating. They’ll play a big part in keeping your red lips looking hot all night long. They also come in handy for touching up any smudged eyeliner, shadow, or adding concealer on the go. Grab a pack of 170 for $3.29 and get more ideas on how to use them on Q-tips’ Pinterest boards.
What’s your favorite red carpet look?
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What an excellent tutorial! Absolutely the perfect use for Q-Tips! I will definitely pick up the Precision Tips on my next trip to CVS!
I’ll need to get some of those Q-Tips. You make the perfect lip look so easy! I love the color.
Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com
Thank you! It’s one of my faves 🙂
O la la! love it.
Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com
You look stunning in that red. It is one I need to pull out more often… I love it on you!
Love this look on you! I also like to call attention to my lips by highlighting them using concealer.
You can rock the red! I like using a little concealer around my lips if I’m going for a very defined red lip, too, but a clear lipliner has become my best red lip friend.
Looking so pretty. I love this shade of red on you
Great tutorial. I love the lip color as well.
YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL!!! Love this color on you!
Nifty! And that red is just gorgeous.
This is the perfect red lip! Great tip about the Q-tips for cleaning up.
I definitely need the precision tips after seeing this. I use the regular ones to touch up my makeup but sometimes they are just a bit too fluffy for my needs. Your lips are just perfection! I need this lipstick!
you look fantastic in red! I use these 🙂
Jessica Cox Valade
Fab tutorial! I’ll have to pick up some precision Q-tips, as they seem very handy!
I love these little precision Q-tips! Your red lip tutorial is just perfect, priming and using a lip brush are musts for perfect red lips.
Great tips and that your red lips are stunning!