[By Elise Ryan]
Bright red lips are the quintessential sexy look – think of famous faces such as Marilyn Monroe, Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani.
Just as bright paint looks best on primed walls, bright lipstick is enhanced by a soft, smooth pout. We speak to some experts on tips to rock bright lipstick.
1. Start with a clean slate
Bright lip colours tend to highlight every little crack and flake on your lips. To allow your lipstick to glide on for a smooth finish, exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub like Sloane Inc’s Lip Fabulosity Scrub or Julep’s Sugar Smooth Lip Scrub, both of which use natural ingredients to gently buff away dry flakes for softer and smoother lips.
2. Take care
You should treat your lips as you would the rest of your face. Moisturize and protect them with a serum packed with emollients and ceramides such as Sloane Inc’s Lip Fabulosity Serum and double up with a rich lip balm like The Lip Balm from La Mer for more luscious lips.
3. Plump them up
As we age, we tend to lose volume in our lips. You can try to enhance your pout by overdrawing the lip line or using lip plumping glosses. However, if that doesn’t result in the fullness you desire or you want a more long term solution, injectables such as hyaluronic fillers are an option.
4. Don’t let it bleed
Strong lipstick colour can feather into the tiny lines around your mouth. To keep your lipstick in place, remember to use foundation over the entire lip to give it something to adhere to, then line your lips with a neutral or colourless pencil to prevent feathering.
5. Protect your teeth
Red is sexy and you swipe on red lipstick when you want to be noticed but remember to avoid the red-on-teeth look by putting your index finger in your mouth and slowly pull it out after you apply lipstick.
“It’s the best way to remove any colour that has migrated to the inside of your lips, which rubs against your teeth as you speak” explains Derek, local make up artist.