One thing that will never go out of style is a classic red lip. The look has been seen on red carpets throughout the decades, with Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, and Taylor Swift all being known to rock red lipstick. As a color that anyone can pull off, it’s worth knowing how to apply the perfect red lip.
Prep your lips by applying a lip conditioner or balm. Red will show up in every little dry spot, so make sure your lips are as moisturized as possible. You can also use a gentle scrub or exfoliator to banish any flakes. After letting the balm sink in, blot your mouth with a tissue.
The key to a good red lip is precision. The best way to achieve this is by lining your lip with a pencil in a matching shade. Make sure the pencil is sharp and begin at your Cupid’s bow, following your natural lip line. Feel free to color in your lips a little—this will help the lipstick stay on.
Time to apply the star of the show! Whether you’re using a cream or liquid lipstick, press the edge of it to the border of your lips to guide you. Use a tissue to blot and then apply another layer.
If you didn’t get the application totally precise—don’t stress! Grab a flat brush with some concealer to clean up the edges for a crisp pout.