In terms of make-up, nothing screams glamour more than red lipstick. The rest of your face might not have received much attention, but if your lips are boasting a good pop of red, then you're suitably made up for any occasion. And what's also great about red lipstick is that it doesn't discriminate. Any one of any age can wear it well. The key is finding your perfect shade.
According to Dawn Finnegan - leading make-up artist with Fuschia make-up, which has stores in Swords and Drogheda, and is stocked in salons across the country - pale skinned and/or red-headed women should opt for blue-based reds. Think the kind of red that Julianne Moore pulls off with serious aplomb.
Fuschia's Metro Red, €13.50, is the perfect film-star red for pale women. If you have medium skin, true reds look great on you, as do the more pinky cranberry tones. While reds with fiery orange undertones tend to compliment sunkissed, more sallow skin. People with dark skin are better equipped to pull off the deep, berry reds. You might not be a fan of lipliners, but Dawn insists it's an absolute must: "If you have small lips, applying lip pencil just outside the natural lip line will magically make them appear slightly bigger". We like the sound of that.
Do's and Don'ts
● Familiarise yourself with the type of red that works for your skintone. A good red lip takes time. Don't rush it.
● To get the full impact of your red lip, keep the rest of your make-up simple. Foundation should be clean and natural. Eyes should have minimal definition; mascara and a thin line of eyeliner should suffice. Avoid rosy colours on the cheeks for fear of them clashing.
● Be sure to apply a coordinating lip pencil before you apply your lipstick as this will provide maximum definition and shape to your lips, and will also prevent lipstick bleeding.
● If you have very small lips, avoid very dark shades of red as they will cause the lips to look smaller.
● Always apply red lipstick using a lip brush rather than straight from the bullet as you have more control and it will reduce the risk of over-applying your product.
● If you can't resist applying some lipgloss over your red lipstick, just be careful, as it can cause the product to smudge and bleed quite quickly. Maybe think about just applying it in the centre of the lip.
To ensure you don't get lipstick on your teeth, place your index finger in your mouth, gently close your lips around it, then pull it out.
A step-by-step guide with Dawn Finnegan, of Fuschia Cosmetics.
1. Exfoliate your lips to remove any dry or dead skin and get rid of any moisture. 2. To really ensure your lip colour stays fixed, use lip liner to fill in the full lip Make sure the shade you use is identical in colour to your chosen lipstick.
3. Apply lipstick using a lip brush, taking time to blend it into the corners. 4. Using a tissue, blot your lipstick to remove excess product. This will also press the pigment further into your lips, making it last longer.
5. Using a cotton bud or a very fine eyeshadow brush, clean up the area with a small amount of concealer. 6. Apply a small amount of highlighting powder to the cupid's bow of the lip.
7. Lastly, always do a last-minute teeth check to make sure there's no product on your pearly whites.
Metro Red, €13.50, Fuschia, available nationwide, see fuschia.ie
A gorgeous semi-matte blue-based red that won't dry the lips but is built to last.
Lady Danger, €19.50, MAC, available in selected Brown Thomas and BT2 stores nationwide
An in-your-face fiery red with unmistakable orange tones that looks incredible on sallow-skinned women.
Mint Juleps Lip Scrub, €6.95, Lush, available in Lush stores nationwide
Ensures that your lips are left soft but not slippy: the perfect canvas for long-wear lipstick.