The Perfect Red Lip

Red lipstick has always intimidated me.  In my opinion, red is one of the prettiest lip colors but it’s also the hardest to wear.  It can make your teeth look yellow or look hideous against your skin tone (note: if your coloring is similar to mine, avoid orangey-reds).  I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect shade for years, and finally found it–NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red.  A big shoutout to Jo (@morningcuppajo) for sending this my way!  This is a great blue-based shade, so it doesn’t make your teeth look yellow.  I think that it’s perfect for a wide-range of skin tones, but you can always head to a local beauty counter to get some help nailing down a shade that works best for you.  

Finding the perfect shade is just 1/2 of the perfect red lip equation, though.  The other 1/2 of the equation deals with the actual application of the red lip.  Nothing’s worse than when red lip color ends up all around your mouth, making you looking like you’ve just eaten a red popsicle.  I use a simple 3 step process:
Step 1: Line your lip with a clear lip liner.  Optional: fill in entire lip with lip liner for maximum staying power.

Step 2: Apply clear Chapstick as a base for lip color.  This step is a must when you have a matte lip color.  It prevents your lips from feeling dry, while really smoothing out the overlying lip color.
Step 3: Slap on some red lip stick!  Okay, maybe not slap, but precisely fill in your lips with the red lip stick, and make sure to fill in the cupid’s bow perfectly.
That’s it!  Seriously, so easy but such a great look!  After all, what’s a fashion/beauty blogger without at least one great red lipstick?!

Have you found the perfect red lip color yet?  Or has your search for the perfect red lip ended in disaster(s)?

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  1. 1.22.15

    I've been looking for a good red lipstick. I think I may have just found it after reading this post.
    Della@Della Devoted

  2. 1.22.15

    I love the look of a bold red lip! I love the NYX lip gloss but have never tried their lipstick. You look great!

    Doused In Pink

  3. 1.22.15

    I love red lipstick. I have about 10 different shades. I never wear it though. I don't know why, I just don't. I need to start 🙂

    Midwest Darling

  4. 1.22.15

    I recently got into wearing darker lipsticks. Now I am searching out reds too. My favourite ones have a more burgundy hint to them. Love this shade on you!

  5. 1.23.15

    I haven't been brave enough to try a red lip – it looks awesome on you! Thanks for the tips!

  6. 1.23.15

    I've never heard of CLEAR lip liner!! I love a bold lip so I'll have to look into getting some clear liner. Thanks for the tip! A red lip looks great on your along with your necklace 🙂

  7. 1.23.15
    Katie C said:

    Finding the perfect shade is SO HARD! This one looks great on you. Love that it's more berry red than orange red. Pretty!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  8. 1.26.15
    Kay R. said:

    Beautiful colour!!

  9. 1.28.15

    Definitely try it. It's cheap and easy!

  10. 1.28.15

    I tried the lip balm from an Ipsy bag and loved it, as well as their lip gloss. NYX has great lip products at great prices! Thanks, Jill!

  11. 1.28.15

    For sure:) I like to wear it to the office sometimes too!

  12. 1.28.15

    Thanks, Tabitha! I also have a gloss with a slight burgundy tint to it and I love it!

  13. 1.28.15

    Do it and document it for the blog!!!

  14. 1.28.15

    Thanks, Whitney! And I first discovered one through Avon, but I don't know if they carry it anymore.

  15. 1.28.15

    Thanks! The orange-y shades are TERRIBLE on me!

  16. 1.28.15

    Thanks, friend!