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5 secrets to the perfect red lip

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Beauty

5 secrets to the perfect red lip

Red lipstick prep
Before you unleash red’s siren power, make sure your lips are ready to hold the colour. “Red lipstick will emphasize the appearance of chapped lips,” warns Lora Spiga, official makeup artist for Lancôme. She recommends using a lip scrub or face cloth to gently exfoliate and smooth away dry skin before applying lipstick. Steer clear of post-scrub balms or oil-based moisturizers as they will cause your colour to smear.

Draw your pout on right
“When applying red lipstick, symmetry is important,” says M∙A∙C Cosmetics’ Senior Artist Caitlin Callahan. It may take a few tries in the mirror, but as they say, practice makes perfect and a precisely drawn red lip is both sexy and on trend. “Start your lip application at the bow and work down to the corners. Same at the bottom, from the center and work up,” says Callahan. “If you start at one side and just draw to the other, you will follow a natural line that may not be symmetrical. Use a red lip liner for a more dramatic lip, no liner for softer look.”

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Supersize that red lip
If you think your lips are too thin to hold a red lipstick (also known as “sun-dried-tomato mouth syndrome”), makeup artist Pat McGrath recommends adding a shimmer powder to the centre of your bottom lip and over your cupid’s bow to make your mouth appear fuller. “Shimmer plays with light and is a quick plumping fix,” she says. You can also create the illusion of fullness by mixing various shades together (avoid whites—they make lips appear pasty), and use beige or neutral colours to mellow an OTT rouge.

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Know your red lipstick tone
“Olive/tan skin tones are complimented by warm-reds. Rosey/neutral skin tones are complimented by cool reds,” says Regional Education Manager for Eastern Canada at Benefit, Maddox Lu). Stick to this and you’ll always find the perfect red lips hue.

Red lipstick: A new way to line
Lip liner has always been a tried and tested rule for red lips, but Lu has a new suggestion. “Instead of lip liner, using a wedge sponge and your face powder, apply extra powder right up to the edge of your lips blending away from the lip line outward. This creates the illusion of a more tight-crisp finish with your lipstick application; it will also help pro-long your lipstick from bleeding/feathering.”

 

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The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Red lipstick under $20: Clinique

Why we love it: Provides a radiant tomato red colour while shielding lips from the sun with SPF 15. Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 in Red-y to Wear ($19), at Sephora, Clinique counters across Canada and clinique.com. GALLERY: Best red lipsticks for spring

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Clinique Credits: ELLE Canada

The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Red lipstick under $20: Kate Moss for Rimmel

Why we love it: Designed by the supreme supermodel Kate Moss, a runway-worthy red lip is yours in just one layer. Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick for Rimmel ($7.99), at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada. GALLERY: Best pink lips from the spring runways

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Rimmel Credits: ELLE Canada

The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Red lipstick under $20: CoverGirl

Why we love it: A must-have red lipstick for velvet-y smooth, healthy lips in less than seven days. CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Seduce ($10.99), at mass-market retailers across Canada and covergirl.ca. GALLERY: Spring 2014's hottest lip colours

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of CoverGirl Credits: ELLE Canada

The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Red lipstick under $20: M.A.C

Why we love it: A red hot shade with mica dust for shimmer and carnauba wax for hydration—the perfect trio. M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($19), at M.A.C retail locations across Canada. GALLERY: Best red lipsticks for warm skin tones

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of M.A.C Credits: ELLE Canada

The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Red lipstick under $20: Revlon

Why we love it: Offers 24 hour stay-put colour with moisturizing shea butter and a chic matte finish. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Couture ($12.95), at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada. GALLERY: Best red lipsticks for cool skin tones

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Revlon Credits: ELLE Canada

The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Red lipstick under $20: PurMinerals

Why we love it: Contains anti aging properties from jojoba, shea and aloe for healthy lips in a ruby red shade. PurMinerals Shea Butter Lipstick in Red Ruby ($18), exclusively at Shopper's Drug Mart. GALLERY: 10 essential red lipsticks

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of PurMinerals Credits: ELLE Canada

The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Red lipstick under $20: Tarte

Why we love it: A moisture rich formula with candelilla wax and jojoba oil for a pretty, orange-y red lip. Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($19), at Sephora, sephora.ca. GALLERY: Best lipstick for long lasting colour

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Tarte Credits: ELLE Canada

The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Best red lipstick under $20: Artistry

Why we love it: Plumps fine lines around the mouth with soybean and coconut oils for a flawless cherry red lip. Artistry Hydrating Lip Colour in Rouge ($20.50), at 800-265-5470 and amway.ca. MUST-READ: 10 red lipstick rules to live by

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Artistry Credits: ELLE Canada

The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Red lipstick under $20: Maybelline

Why we love it: This long wearing lipstick gives you a high-shine coat without drying out your lips or skimping on colour. Maybelline New York SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Ravishing Rouge ($9.99), at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada. MUST-READ: 5 reasons to switch your lipstick shade

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Maybelline Credits: ELLE Canada

The 10 best red lipsticks under $20

Red lipstick under $20: Bite

Why we love it: Two sultry red lip colours for the price of one (beauty bonus!) can be layered or worn separately. Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo in Lychee and Musk ($15), at Sephora, sephora.ca. GALLERY: 7 best nude lipsticks

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Bite Credits: ELLE Canada
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