The Perfect Pout

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Red lipstick never seems to go out of fashion. I have to say I’m quite glad about this, as it seems to be a regular staple in my makeup bag. It’s bold, bright and relatively easy to wear.  Some make up experts even say that if you’re pushed for time in the morning then this can be all the make up you need.

But how do you go about picking the perfect shade? Whether it’s blue-red or true red, how do you know which one is the best for you? Well scrape away the debris that you’ve been told – that pale/fair means you must stick to orange-reds or that darker skin tones only suit blue-based reds; the truth is that you can pull off almost all shades. It’s all about getting the balance right – whilst a red lip is supposed to be bold, it is not supposed to take over your entire face. If your lip colour isn’t making either your eyes or hair colour pop in contrast then it’s probably not right for you. The key here is to experiment – go to your local make up store and try all the colours against your skin and colouring and find the one that does the most for your palette.

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The important thing to remember is that a red lip will rarely look wrong. A few things to avoid, however: don’t have one that’s too shiny during the day, stick with a matte texture and add gloss at night to give your lips that extra va-va-voom.

Next rule: try not to go too intense – colour is good, a colour that is so complexion draining/attention holding is not. You want your lips to be noticeable, not to be the only thing noticed. Most of all though, as with all make up, it’s about finding what’s right for you, being outrageous (sometimes) and looking gorgeous (all the time!). Happy hunting!

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