How To Get A Perfect Red Pout

There’s little doubt that a bold lip is the current accessory du jour — especially for that flurry of pre- and post-holiday social events.  But simply slicking it on straight from the tube isn’t the best way to keep the look through dinner.  So here’s today’s tips to ensure that your gorgeous red lipstick stays put.

Dry, flaky lips are a hazard of the season, and your elegant matte textured lipstick will only serve to emphasize the malady.  Exfoliation is the answer to pulling off a heavily painted lip.  Try using a lip scrub, washcloth, or even a soft toothbrush to buff away any dry skin 2 or 3 times a week to keep your lips flake free.

Ensure that your lips stay nice and soft by applying a lip balm immediately after exfoliation.  Give your balm time to moisturize your lip by leaving a thick layer of it on while you’re applying the rest of your makeup.

The most important step towards long-lasting color is properly applying a lip liner.  Blot your lips of any excess lip balm and then line your lip lightly with the same shade as your lipstick.  Continue to fill your entire lip area with the liner to give your lipstick a nice solid base to adhere to.

Next, go over your entire lip using a lip brush coated with your chosen lipstick.  Using a lip brush will ensure both accuracy and a nice solid finish.

To really set your color (and to turn any lipstick into a matte finish,) set your lipstick with a light dusting of translucent powder using a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll find your bold red pout with be picture and party perfect through dinner, drinks, and beyond.

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