How to get the perfect red pout for the fall

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From bright red-orange to deep burgundy, red lipstick is made for the cooler months of the year. It instantly adds a “wow” factor to any look, whether you’re going full Instagram glam or rocking classic, everyday makeup.

Here’s how you can get the perfect red lip:

  • If you’re new to wearing red lipstick, go for a universally flattering blue-red shade like MAC’s Ruby Woo. The bluish undertone gives the illusion of whiter teeth and looks good on all shades and undertones. If you have a warm undertone, red-orange lippies will perfectly compliment the yellow and golden shades in your skin. Stunners with cool undertones can opt for deeper, cool red-purple berry tones.
  • After you’ve found your shade, think about what formula you’d like best:
    • Matte lipsticks are gorgeous and long-wearing but can leave your lips looking dry, if you don’t do some exfoliation before applying.
    • Satin lipsticks are velvety smooth and leave your lips feeling extra plump and moisturized. But, they usually aren’t as long-wearing and will require touch-ups throughout the day.
    • You can ditch lipsticks altogether and choose a gloss or stain. Glosses are super easy to wear and reapply, and lip stains look very natural and require little maintenance.
  • Choose a lip liner that’s the same shade as your lipstick or as your lips. Either option will cancel out any discoloration, giving you a uniform base to apply your shade. If you want an ombre look, simply choose a liner in a darker hue. You can also use a clear, anti-feathering lip liner if you’re not looking for an extra-defined look.
  • How to apply:
    • Exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub or your toothbrush. It will slough off dead and dry skin, and it gives a temporary plumping effect.
    • Apply a lip mask or thick lip balm for deep moisturization. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe away the excess before applying your shade. 
    • Line your lips to accentuate your natural shape. For example, ladies and gents with smaller upper lips can overline on the top to create balance, and vice versa. Just try not to go overboard!
    • Apply your lipstick, and don’t be afraid to mix shades and finishes. One of my favorite things to do is apply a satin (or matte) lipstick and layer a shimmery gloss on the middle part of my lips. It instantly makes your lips look fuller.
    • Clean up the edges with a q-tip or concealer, and “set” your lip with a clear setting powder. Lay a piece of tissue over your lips to remove excess color and sweep some finely-milled setting powder over your lips for extra hold!

Here are some gorgeous red lipsticks to try this fall:

  • MAC Red Russian, Ruby Woo, Chili or Diva
  • NARS Powermatte in Don’t Stop, Starwoman or Under My Thumb
  • Pat McGrath Matte Trance in Elson
  • YSL Vinyl Lip Cream Stain in Psychedelic Chili
  • Sephora Liquid Lip Creme in Flame Red or Always Red
  • Maybelline Color Sensational in 35, 36 or 39
  • Milani Lip Creme in Flame, Amore, Devotion, Striking or Fabulous

What are your favorite red lipsticks? Share them in the comments below!

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