5 Easy Ways to Rock Bright Lipstick

[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.


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5 thoughts on “5 Easy Ways to Rock Bright Lipstick”

  1. Julep’s Sugar Smooth Lip Scrub

    It smells divine–like the brown sugar and molasses it’s made with (although it is NOT edible, so don’t lick your lips while using it!) But it is much too sticky to effectively exfoliate with. It says to apply to lips, then scrub in a circular motion; but the grains were too large and the base too sticky to actually rub in a circular motion! Adding water to my lips only made it worse.

    On the plus side, my lips felt quite moisturized after I washed this off, so I was able to use my toothbrush to gently exfoliate my lips.

    The packaging is pretty adorable–it comes in a Deco-style black and gold box, and the little round container looks nice on my bathroom counter. ^^

  2. La Mer Lip Balm does smell and taste exactly like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie. This could be a positive or a negative depending on your tastes. The texture is smooth and luxurious. It’s not too thick or too watery and it leaves your lips looking healthy, not glossy. However, I don’t find this lasts any longer than your average lip balm. I’m not convinced it provides any healing benefits either. 😀

  3. I had very cracked lips and had tried dozens of lip balms, treatments, etc. Carmex, things with shea butter, things with coconut oil, things with menthol, things with petroleum jelly, things that exfoliated, medicated things and many more. Absolutely nothing was helping. Finally I decided to try this product, and it healed the sores on my lips within hours. It must be the ‘miracle broth.’ If you do not have severely dry lips, I can imagine it would not be a very impressive product, but if you do: I’m telling you, it really does work. It actually can heal very chapped, cracked lips in very little time. I don’t think I can go without it. It completely changed my lips, and I am happy they are no longer painful, cracked, and are now smooth, soft, and comfortable.

  4. While I generally use high-end skincare brands, I’m not loyal to one brand and also use less expensive brands like Mario Badescu. I’ve been a fan of La Mer for years, as I’ve been using Creme de la Mer religiously as my night cream for about five years and can’t live without it. As far as lip balms, I can’t use waxy sticks or Vaseline type products. I’ve been using Dr. Hauschka lip balm which retails for about $17 a jar, and is available at places like Whole Foods. I really like that product, and strayed for a chance to try La Mer’s lip balm on a whim. Wow. Of course the packaging is beautiful, with La Mer’s signature green as the tub’s color and a mirrored top with the logo etched in the center. It looks like a $50 lip balm. Upon opening it, I was instantly reminded of a Thin Mint cookie! It literally smells and tastes like a Thin Mint, which I actually like. I was unsure of how I’d feel about the mint factor, but I find it to be refreshing. A little goes a long way, much like Creme de la Mer. My lips feel supple, nourished, and moisturized without feeling greasy or waxy. What can I say? It’s perfect. Now I’m in a pickle because I am hooked! This is certainly an expensive product, and considering I use it multiple times a day I figure it will last just over a month. When money’s not tight, I will be buying this product again. Another winner from La Mer.

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