Saturday, 14 March 2015


Red Lipstick... It can be a touchy subject.
It's a great way of making a statement, and can completely transform your look. However, for all of you out there who are terrified of even the thought, I completely understand.
Red lipstick is a tricky thing to master as it can be very messy and when I first tried it, I looked a bit like Miranda Sings (YouTube reference).

After trial and error, I've realized that there are some things you do and some things you definitely don't do. Hopefully some of these tips can help you master red lippie!


Do: Research 
This may sound silly, but it is so important that you know what shade of red will suit your skin tone because the wrong red lipstick can completely wash you out or clash with your skin. Before I knew this, I bought a red lipstick with an orange tone, but I soon realized that it did not look good with my ridiculously pale skin, so these shades of lipstick look best with darker skin.
Here are the type of shades which will look best on you according to the shade of your skin:

Do: Use a lipliner
This step can make all the difference. Since red is so eye catching, you want to make sure it's applied neatly, as people will be staring at it all day. Messy red lipstick? Not a good look.

Do: Touch-ups
The last thing you want when wearing red lipstick is to have it on the entire day without checking and then coming home only to realize it had been on your teeth the whole time! I always check every hour or so to see if it has faded so I just apply more

Do: Use lip balm
This makes applying the lipstick sooo much easier; especially if it's matte.


Don't: Apply straight from the bullet
Unless you have incredibly steady hands, I wouldn't recommend this. Using a lip brush can give you a lot more control and precision.

Don't: Be afraid!
Don't be scared to step out of your comfort zone, just have a little fun with it! The way you present yourself is an expression of your personality, so if you like something, don't be afraid of what anybody else thinks! If you feel confident in your own skin, it will be so much more obvious on the outside.

I hope these tips helped you out, please leave your thoughts in the comments and don't be afraid to ask me any questions you have!

xo, Orlagh

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  1. Great tips, I always use a lip balm underneath as it makes a huge difference!

  2. Loved this! I have fair skin and I struggle with red lipsticks I recently found one that i can pull off! But this was so useful! Ive wanted one by loreal for a while without wasting money because I wont be able to pull it off! Thankyou xxxx

    1. I struggled for ages as well with having fair skin! I found that darker reds look amazing in contrast with pale skin :). You should definitely give it a go! Glad I could help x

  3. This really is a great blog post !! Very helpful :) x

  4. I never used to use a lip liner and now I've started I don't know how I managed without! Makes the overall finish look so much nicer!

    Great post :)
    Charlotte xxx

    1. I know, it makes such a huge difference! Thank you x


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