Time for a red lipstick tutorial! Valentine’s Day is coming up, so it seems only fitting. Also, I wanted to take advantage of Mineralogie’s seasonal lipstick Red Velvet while it lasts. 😉
Step 1– To begin, make sure your lips are prepped by moisturizing them with a Vitamin E Stick. This will not only help prime the lips, but also allow the red lipstick and lip liner to go on smoother so they don’t show the texture of dry lips.
Step 2– Take your lip liner and fill in the entire lip first, rather than outlining them. Don’t worry about being precise for this step; that comes later. For right now, you just want to lay the color down and fill in your lips. (I used Royalty Red lip liner.)
Most instructions will tell you the opposite and start by outlining your lips. But if you fill in the lips first, the way we show here, the outside line won’t be as obvious and the red lipstick and liner will blend together easier. This way, it won’t be noticeable if your lip liner isn’t the exact same shade as your lipstick. And really this technique will help the colors blend together so it won’t look like you used a lip liner at all.
Step 3– Now is the time to be precise. Take either a Lip Brush or an Eye Define Brush and coat the entire tip of the brush with your lipstick. Use the brush to perfect the outline of the lip, starting at the cupid’s bow.
I chose to use the Eye Define Brush for this step. Because of its tapered point, you can get the brush razor sharp and make a really thin line. Plus the brush is already in the shape of the cupid’s bow, so it’s easy to stamp the color and smooth the line out.
Tip– If you want to maximize your top lip, work from the outer corner of the lip moving in towards the cupid’s bow. If you want to minimize your top lip, work from the cupid’s bow down to the outer corner of your lip.
Check your work. You want to make sure that both sides of your cupid’s bow peak at the same place. To check the evenness of your top lip, look in the mirror and tilt your head down so you can see just the top of the outline. This will make it easier to see if one side is higher than the other. To check the bottom outline, tilt your head up and see if the line is smooth and unwavering. You want the bottom line to look straight as if you drew it in one fluid swoop.
Step 4– Enhance your lip shape and add the final touch to your red lipstick. Take a Lip Brush and some concealer that matches your skin tone. Don’t go with a concealer that’s too light, or else it will look fake. Using the tip of the brush, underscore the bottom lip with your concealer and blend it down (so it’s not a perfect straight line of concealer under your lip). Work in short strokes, smoothing it as you go. This step helps clean it up a bit and give you that nice crisp edge to your lipstick.