Red lipsticks are a must have for me around the festive period, but it's taken me a while to build up a collection of hues and practice the way I apply them. From picking a cool or warm toned red to choosing the right formula for you, today's post is all about how I get a perfect red lip during the Christmas season.
My lips have been super dry this season and although I've been using the Nuxe Reve De Miel as a lip mask overnight, I have been seeking out a lightweight offering to wear under lipstick. The Carmex Vanilla Lip Balm* gives me just the right amount of hydration underneath lipstick, whilst giving a slight tingling feeling to make them feel super plumped and nourished.
For me, my go-to formula is matte as it increases longevity and is easier to not smear around your mouth when you're tucking into your fifth sausage roll. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Madrid is perfect if you need a quick touch as I actually find this is really easy to reapply without a mirror - A great Christmas party pick! If you're looking for a glossier offering then the Clinique Pop Lip Colour in Passion Pop would be your best option.
Aside from formula and finish, it's also important to pick a colour that you feel comfortable in. I'm not a huge fan of orange toned red lipsticks as I find they wash me out, however dark red hues go beautifully with my skin complexion. Nars Cruella is what I call the perfect statement red, as although it's bright and slightly blue toned (making your teeth look whiter!), it can be easily customised to create a dark red and worn alone it looks great on everybody.
I always use a lipliner if I'm wearing a red lipstick that is prone to bleeding or that needs a sharp, clean edge to look good. MAC's Cherry Lipliner is a go to of mine and although it's actually quite a vibrant red, I feel like it goes with a variety of lipsticks of mine and can be easily used as a base colour on your lips. If I've applied too much product, I always used this hack to avoid getting lipstick on my teeth, or I will simply blot my lips with a piece of tissue.
Will you be wearing a red lipstick this Christmas?