Expert tips for nailing a dark red lip

Makeup artist Rae Morris shares her dos and don’ts

New Idea Contributing Editor / October 18 2016

The days may be getting lighter but your lip shade should be getting darker. Deep red lips are having a moment and yes, you can wear this tricky trend. Celebrity makeup artist Rae Morris tells us how to make dark red lipstick work for you.


Get your base right

Were not talking about your lips here – getting your skin right is just as important when attempting this look. Anything dark or deep red can bring out redness and imperfections in your skin, so you must have an even canvas, says Morris. So what if your skin isnt perfect? Try using a primer that has a green tint before you put on your foundation. It wont look green on – it disappears on contact with your skin – and helps to neutralise any redness you have. Try L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique Anti-Redness CC Cream.


Don’t layer it on

Just because its dark doesnt mean you need to be heavy-handed with your application. Rather, the opposite is true. The less you have on your lip, the longer it lasts, says Morris, who suggests buying the most strongly pigmented lipstick you can find and then using less of it. We love Covergirl Outlast Longwear + Moisture Lipstick in Amazing Auburn.


Use a pencil for added depth

Try using a darker lip pencil underneath, then use a slightly more red lipstick on top, suggests Rae. Youll still get that super-dark look, but feathering in your lips with a darker colour pencil isnt as scary as applying such a statement shade straight from the tube – and youll get a nice sense of depth to your lip colour, which is more flattering than one block shade. Try MAC Lip Pencil in Brick.

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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.